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Eat Cake

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  4,088 ratings  ·  866 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Step-Ball-Change and Julie and Romeo-now in trade paperback for the first time... Ruth has always found baking cakes to be a source of relief from the stresses of life. And now-as her husband loses his job, her life-of-the-party father arrives for an extended stay (much to the dismay of her mother, who also moved in recently),...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by NAL Trade (first published May 27th 2003)
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Lain
Before Chick Lit there were women's contemporary writers like Elizabeth Berg and Barbara Kingsolver -- writers who touched at the issues and concerns of women, but did so with intelligence and wit. Jeanne Ray writes in the same way -- perhaps with a bit less intensity, but definitely with the same pen. Eat Cake tells the story of a middle-aged woman who must recreate herself when her life is turned upside-down by her husband's layoff and warring parents. She delves into her deepest desires and f...more
Becky
Put yourself inside of a lemon bundt cake and inhale deeply for some serious therapy!

I love the feel of this book. The overall tone was calming. I, like Ruth, unwind while baking. Everything makes sense when I'm up to my ears in flour.

One of my favorite parts of the book is that her family is so sick of cake because she makes it all the time. So, she's having this particularly bad day and is aching to shred up her carrots to put into a cake instead of glazing them for dinner. She justifies doi...more
Mary Gibb
I loved this book. It is not what I expected, it was not fluffy. It was a great read, and it made me want to bake, and eat.

Best Quote:

"Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn't, she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they...more
Jalyn
I loved this book <3

Brief summary
Ruth bakes a cake for all reasons. When she's happy, when she has a reason to celebrate, when she doesn't know what else to do. So when her dad, who she has rarely seen throughout her life, needs to move in with her family because he has broken both wrists and needs help taking care of himself, Ruth turns to baking. Having her dad move in wouldn't be such a big deal if her mom wasn't already living with her, and if her parents didn't hate each other. Add to th...more
Christine
It's not really about cake just how cake saves Ruth's life. My Mom gave it to me, it was a lot of fun to read. For anyone who likes to save room for dessert, this ones for you... "Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always a person at the table...No, really, I couldn't...Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has disc...more
Katherine
Humorous and delightful, this charming book is pure cake therapy. If you've ever felt you had a little too much on your plate family-wise, you'll relate to Ruth and her need to find some way of balancing the chaos--for Ruth it's baking cakes. Who knew that something so simple and sweet could also prove to be a saving grace? A wise, wonderful, foodie comfort read.
bookczuk
We're entering into a new phase here at chez czuk, and I've been a little weepy over it, as it is not only a change in a family member, but a severe change in my lifestyle as well. But it's a change I am willing to make. (I keep remembering that saying that you are an adult once and a child twice, and thinking someone needs to add a bit that you are a parent forever, even if it's to those who parented you. Sigh.) Anyhow, I've been feeling quite sorry for myself, because on top of it all, I seem...more
Melissa T
Such a fun, fun book. Definitely one I will buy. I guess it's not a surprise that a book about a woman who loves to bake was as riveting to me as a mystery is to someone else! I started it yesterday and decided that I had to go to bed at 11:30 even though I hadn't finished it. I left off at the climax, and I kept waking up all night to dreams of cakes!

It was also a tender story about family, marriage, and working differences out.

And now, I think I must bake a cake today.

These are a couple of m...more
Susan O'Bryant
"You never really know what's going on with your ceiling until you just give up and lie down on your floor."

That is just one of the quotable phrases from this wonderful book. In fact, it's the first book I've read this year that I really loved. I knew I would enjoy it, because I read Julie & Romeo by the same author last year, and it was great, too. But I wasn't prepared to find a character that I actually had quite a bit in common with. Ruth, the lovely main character, has a husband who ju...more
Elizabeth
This is what happens when I wander the aisles of my library (like a kid in a candy store). I bring home stacks of books that sound tempting at a glance. When I get home, I'm always amazed at what I've found. I absolutely adored this book. Maybe it's because it was set, once again, in my hometown Minneapolis, but references to our city were few and far between (or nonexistent). I think it was the title that grabbed me.

Ruth is a busy wife and mother who loves to bake. No, that's not quite right....more
Heather
I really enjoyed reading this. The temperature dropped to -14 degrees last week and all the kids were out of school, so of course I needed a 'warm yummy' read. This totally fit the bill! The story is down to earth and very realistic. It is easy to identify with the main character, who uses baking cakes as a way to escape life's craziest moments. I can identify with that...yum! Of course the book had me salivating for cake the whole time. :-) I love that there are recipes at the end. I made the c...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
What a good day to read Eat Cake!
I went with my mom and dad to the
clinic while my mom had some extensive
outpatient surgery. Ruth, the main
character in Eat Cake, finds her whole
world changed as her husband is laid off
and her estranged father comes to live
with her in a crowded household that
already includes her mom (from whom her
dad was divorced and deeply estranged)
and a sassy teenage daughter. For stress
relief, Ruth finds herself going more
and more into her safe place, inside a
fres...more
Margaret
Who needs a fun, light, optimistic book to read? Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray came to me via a bit of book serendipity - a random comment on someone's Facebook page. I requested it from the library as soon as I saw the title. I don't buy much fiction anymore, and surely not a book I am not sure I will like well enough to reread. Sorry about that, Ms Ray, nothing personal, that's just the way it goes.

But by page 2 I knew I was hooked when I read this:

Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue w...more
Sara
This is a good light read. It was a nice change from the deep reads we've gotten accustomed to lately in our book club, and good way to end the summer reading list. It made me want to bake a cake everyday if I could get away with it. Problem would be, a cake would not last long on my counter. I can relate to baking as "therapy." I liked all the characters...especially Hollis and Guy! They really cracked me up.
Towards the end I could understand how a communication breakdown could happen when your...more
Beth Pearson
This is my 2nd book from this author and she really writes real characters with plenty of flaws to go with their good sides. The middle aged housewife "star" of this book deals with her unemployed husband, snotty teenage daughter, live in mother, and a loser, crappy absentee father who suddenly is no longer absentee. I chuckled at the snide comments, realism, and busyness of the whole thing and didn't even mind that she escapes to the details of cakes when life became too much. I wish she would...more
Aimee
Jan 02, 2012 Aimee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fun
I really liked this book. It was a quick fun read. I loved the main character her thoughts and comments often read true to yours truly. However she was much, much slower to anger than I am. I came to realize that the place I go to for inner peace like her has nothing to do with the beach or a place but much like her a feeling. The characters came alive and seemed like I had known them forever.
I wanted to be hired by her, be her friend, recieve one of her cakes and just like the book....to savo...more
Lisa
Aug 02, 2012 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: book club
Ruth's family is in a state of flux. She deals with stress by baking cakes from scratch, so she ramps up production. Recipes are included, although I cannot imagine making a cake from scratch.
This is a light and humorous read, but predictable. I am looking forward to discussing it in book club and I hope we can encourage some people to bring their favorite cake to share while we discuss and laugh.


Carlie
Cute book. We all need a place to escape to feel comforted, whether it be the beach, or mountain scenery. This character uses cake. She pictures herself wrapped inside one, and has a gift for baking them too.

THe best part is the complete recipes of the cakes discussed at the end. I am totally making the Lemon Cake for our book club night.
Michelle
A husband recently laid off, and antagonistic teenage daughter, mother living with you when your divorced father needs to move in because of a debilitating accident. That is some serious stress. No wonder Ruth imagines herself inside the safe, soft, warm sweetness of a bunt cake in order to escape. I am not usually a cake lover, but this book had me drooling for the cakes she made, described with mouth-watering detail. The characters were fun and likable, and I enjoyed myself while reading the b...more
Tonya Freeman
A quick and easy read with great flow, Eat Cake is fun with hidden depth for those willing to look. Great life lessons...I wanted the story to go on, however, as I didn't feel as much of a sense of resolution as I'd hoped for.
Cindy
This is a fun and humorous book with underlying wisdom throughout. It has a great message: "Live your Passion" which is ironic because Jo just shared those same words with me!
I definitely recommend this book!
Brandie
I couldn't sleep last night so I downloaded this on my Nook. For those of you in my book club, let me just give you a heads-up that it can be read in about four hours! :) Now, off for a nap..........
Shelley Lawrence
One of my very favorite books! So grateful for my friend sending it to me!! It's a true gift. I loved the writing style and there were so many messages hidden within the storyline. A delight!
Mary
I really enjoyed this book and admired its simplicity. Yes, you can tell a story that predominately takes place in a kitchen! This was a refreshing read and I enjoyed Ray's relatable characters.
Amy
2.5 stars really. I like cake as much as anyone... actually, probably a lot more than anyone... but I also like good writing. This was cute, but unrealistic and fluffy.
Veronica Boeve
I was underwhelmed by this book. However, I know it was because I am not a middle-aged women with has a moody teenager, divorced parents (who are both living with her, by the way), a husband who has just been let go from his job, and who finds solace in baking cakes. My life is basically the black to her white. In fact, I have an easier time relating to an 18-year-old, half-angel, half-demon girl who is battling vampire zombies in the 31st century.

Interest aside, it wasn't poorly written, and Ru...more
Rachel
Read this for book club and loved it so much I bought it. It is laugh--out-loud funny. Don't read it in bed with your husband!
Tealen
This is a good story. In a lightheated way it focuses on dealing with lifes changes that come, as unexpected as they can be.
Etta Mcquade
Humorous, likable characters, and a satisfactory ending, all makes this a quick and good read.
Dianne
The main character baked cakes to relieve stress. I bake cookies!
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Jeanne Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of Julie and Romeo and four other novels. She worked as a registered nurse for forty years before she wrote her first novel at the age of sixty. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and her dog, Red.
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“A slice of cake never made anyone fat. You don't eat the whole cake. You don't eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that's safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what is served on the happiest days of your life.” 149 likes
“Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always a person at the table...No, really, I couldn't...Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn't a person with discipline, that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy.” 11 likes
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