I liked this -- but I felt as though I had gained pounds after simply reading the mouth watering recipes for cakes (my gustatory weakness). What would happen if I actually undertook to follow the custom of the family here presented, where each member had her own capartoire, and no meal -- breakfast included- seemed complete without one or more evidence of prowess. I visualized parties when tables groaned under at least eight or ten different kinds of cake. Recalls Delia Lutes' The Country Kitchen, somewhat in reverse, for the human interest bits stem from the subject of cakes, rather than the recipes being incidental to the family portraits. Good reading- suggestive- an excellent addition to the cookbook shelf, by a specialist well-known to the readers of Country Gentleman and Ladies Home Journal. Here's hoping there's a good index.