Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
Formerly restaurant critic for the New York Times, Reichl is currently the editor of Gourmet magazine.
When Michael asked if I would bake a cake for his fortieth birthday party, I could not say no. It was what I would have done for any friend. But as I watched myself cream ten pounds of sugar into seven pounds of butter I began to understand what I was really up to. My unconscious had taken over; I had made a decision. The cake took rivers of chocolate and dozens of eggs, and by the time it was finished I needed four men to help me lift it into the car.
Michael blanched when he saw my creation coming toward him. This was more than a cake; it was a declaration of love in front of three hundred people, and we both knew it.
Comfort Me with Apples