This is one of my favorite cookbooks ever. The stories behind each cake are fascinating. Gingerbread cake being a staple at docks, for example. They would have stalls to sell it to passengers; Thomas Jefferson himself said he would never go on a trip without it. Another story is that Robert E. Lee proposed to his wife over cake. Mahogany cake, which was one of the first chocolate cakes, could only use a little chocolate because it was so expensive at the time. It turned the batter a light brown, like mahogany wood. There are many more wonderful stories about each cake. The recipes are also easy to follow and not hard at all. I would recommend for anyone who likes cakes, food history or just an interesting story about America's history.
The author of Cake Mix Doctor describes the rich history of American cake recipes, from colonial times to the present and includes recipes for cakes including Angel Food, Red Velvet, Pineapple Upside-Down, Burnt Leather and Cold Oven Pound Cake.