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Eat Cake

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  5,959 ratings  ·  1,078 reviews
good dust cover, good binding, clean pages
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Shaye Areheart Books
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Lain
Dec 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Harper
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky
Aug 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Suanne Laqueur
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-five-stars
Second reading review: like a cake whose flavors intensify after sitting overnight, this was even better the second time around. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

I love Jeanne Ray. I mean, come on, she's Ann Patchett's mother for crying out loud! And of all her books, Eat Cake is my favorite. It's everything you could expect from the title. It's cake. But the best kind of cake. Intelligent cake. Complex, thoughtful cake. Multi-layered cake.

And also because of the scene where Ruth's mother smas
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Jalyn
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 that
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 ~Teresa
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me hungry for cake! The descriptions of Ruth's cakes .... ahhh. I could visualize the specific cake and smell it and almost taste it.

"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's served on the happiest days of your life." I smiled when I read this because it rang so true.

Ruth has always used baking cakes as her special, calm place. She bakes any time of the d
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Amy
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
Christine
May 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Laura Frechette
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I broke both wrists & was looking for books to read on my iPad to help pass my time .I thought the title EAT CAKE was cute & downloaded it.Imagine my surprise when this novel had a character with two broken wrists also! The main character/storyteller also bakes when stressed out-a strategy I am familiar with.
Even without my two broken wrists I'm sure I'd have loved this book!
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Melissa T
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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*The Angry Reader*
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This book is, essentially, chicken pot pie for a reader. Maybe meat loaf and mashed potatoes. Steamed veggies and rice if you're vegetarian. It's simple and easy and palatable. It makes you feel all warm and happy inside.

This is the story of Ruth - a homemaker whose orderly life goes a little haywire - in the way that a lot of orderly lives do. Ruth uses cakes to soothe and work out her frustrations. She's pretty timid and very kind. When new responsibilities land on Ruth's shoulders she has to
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Gina
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read a first edition of this book so maybe these things were corrected in later pressings; but for such a tiny little novel this could have been edited more carefully.

The correct name of that hockey team is the "Toronto Maple Leafs" not the "Toronto Maple Leaves." Strange but true. Also, "orange FLOUR water" is not a thing, but "orange flower water" is -- this was in a recipe for crissakes. "Its" and "it's" are not interchangeable and the author didn't seem to know if the correct phrase is "I
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Jill
May 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't mean to give this book 2 stars, because it's not going to hurt anyone to read it..it's just a book for me that is super forgettable. Predictable plot line and played out more like an afterschool special for me. It was just an easy one to put down, and not much with the character development, but like i said...if you are looking for something light and harmless to read..this will be it. ...more
Amy
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Olga Godim
DNF page at 81
It’s a good book. The writing is excellent, the characters diverse, and the situation fraught with tension. This family drama unfolds in a realistic world, recognizable and controversial. At times , the story is funny. At times, it is sad. It should’ve been an unputdownable book.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t force myself past page 81. It was a struggle to get this far. I stopped caring about the characters even before that. None of them inspired my sympathy, for various reasons, and t
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Nancie L Kruse
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was delightful. This story is about the changes a family goes through. It hits on several life moments that can actually be adapted to anything that a family or a family member must deal with from time to time. You realize that something is happening, things may be changing, but you get through it my being strong with and for each other. Depending on who you are, you can find yourself in any of the characters. There is one thing the author does that I just love. There are man ...more
Audrey K.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delightful story about CAKE - I even found recipes at the end of the book!! Mostly I enjoyed reading about Ruth and Sam and their family, and how they all rallied in the end to support each other through various adversities. Each person in the family helped lift up another person in the family. I enjoyed very much Jeanne Ray's characters in this story. ...more
Casey
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I am surprised by that sentence. When I started it I was expecting predictable chick lit but this was deeper and had more heart than what I was expecting. Thanks Patti for the recommendation.
Karen
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one took me a while to get into, but after I did, I really enjoyed the storyline and all the wonderful characters.
Arshiya Sibia
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the Reader's Digest abridged version. A well written simple read. The synopsis didn't overpromise! ...more
Pratheeksha
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don't eat the whole cake. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake, and what it reminds you is someplace that's safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what's served on the happiest days of your life."

Oh, how true are these words! When I put down this yummy book called 'Eat Cake' I had the satisfaction of eating a slice of cake. The tone of the book wa
...more
Jan
This was such a sweet book! I loved how the family ended up working together and healing and reconciliation happened. A very enjoyable read!
Margaret
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
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
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Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Sep 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women with grown children
Recommended to Gloria ~ by: Amazon
Shelves: favorites
Melt in your mouth yummy! Author Ray is author Ann Patchett's mom in real life but sadly for us readers has retired from writing. Never having read Ms.Ray before I found this just delectable. Her writing reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Berg. The humor under stress and in dire situations is what made this book so delightful to read. Ruth is a believable character, one you can't help but like. As life keeps handing her lemons, she keeps making cake, her way of dealing with stress.

A husband out of w
...more
Heather
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Library Lady
I am disappointed because I remembered reading Julie and Romeo and loving it, but this book just isn't very good.
It is loaded with cliche characters--Ruth's parents are the standard rascal of a father who comes good and uptight mother who has a few surprises yet. Her daughter is the typical whining teenager who ends up coming round and helping out. Her husband is bland, and her lucky son is offstage.

But let's get to the heart of the reason this book is so bad, which is it is so, SO unbelievable.
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Elizabeth
Nov 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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 little pat. 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 perso ...more
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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.” 175 likes
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