I was surprised and saddened to hear that Marian Keyes, the woman dubbed ‘the queen of chick-lit’, the funny and brilliant author of such enduring classics as Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel’s Holiday, and Anybody Out There, had stopped writing because she was crippled by depression. ‘I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t write, I can’t read, I can’t talk to people,’ she wrote in a newsletter to fans.
We all knew there was a darker side to Marian, the characters in her novels have had to overcome real world issues such as domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, divorce and alcoholism. But I certainly never expected this. Thankfully, after two years of darkness, Marian is back. She says she will never be the same but she is editing a new novel and is set to publish a cook book of all things!
SAVED BY CAKE is an extremely honest account of Marian Keyes’ recent battle with depression, and how baking has helped her. And it is chock-full of delicious recipes all just waiting for the oven.
Learn to bake with Britain’s favourite women’s fiction author, Marian Keyes…
A complete novice in the kitchen, Marian decided to bake a cake for a friend and that was it – she realized that baking was what she needed to do in order to get her through each day. And so she baked, and she wrote her recipes down, and little by little the depression has started to lift, along with her sponges . . .
With chapters on cupcakes, cheesecakes, meringues and macaroons, chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and favourite classics, Marian’s recipes are aimed firmly at beginner bakers, offering hints and tips to help along the way. Never patronizing, always honest and witty, accessible and full of fun, the bakes and cakes that Marian serves up in this cookbook will put a smile on your face and make you happy.
From her Consistently Reliable Cupcakes and Very Chocolately Macaroons, to the ease of her Fridge-set Honeycomb Cheesecake, you will want to have a go at making all of Marian’s recipes. The shoe and handbag biscuits particularly. Very covetable. Very Marian.
In the 90s Marian single-handedly forged the mis-named genre ‘chick-lit ‘ getting the ball rolling with books that were witty, dark, intelligent, captivating, true to life and lovable selling over 22 million copies along the way.
Her books deserve to re-read and recommended to another generation of readers.