Geraldene Holt’s CAKES


Thirty years on from the publication of my first book, about the cake stall that I launched and ran for a year in Tiverton Pannier, I was invited to expand and revise the work by the publisher, Tom Jaine. The assignment took far longer than planned due to my enthusiasm for devising new recipes and for testing those of long forgotten delicacies. It was an opportunity to incorporate notes and ideas I’d scribbled in the margins of the original edition whose pages were stained and discoloured from years of use.  A high proportion of the first book stood the test of time and re-emerged in the handsome new edition illustrated with charming black and white line drawings by Kitty Cox. And when I discovered the 1913 painting of afternoon tea by John Peploe in the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, I knew I’d found the perfect cover. But what a thrill to receive letters from users of the first edition welcoming the arrival of the new, larger descendant with its simpler title.

Cover note by Sally Jaine:

“My copy of Geraldene’s book is held together with Sellotape and cake mixture. We’ve used it to bake for high-days and holidays, presents, cake-stalls, and to fill the cake tin with something comforting for tired and hungry children coming home from school. The children are grown up now, cooking for themselves and others, and are waiting impatiently for this new edition for their own kitchens.”