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Thursday, 11 February 2010

A Sweet Deal



I was passing time in a popular bookshop while waiting for a train, when I came upon this little volume:

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Attracted by cake (as always) I picked it up to have a flick. But there was something not quite right:

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Almost a quarter of the pages were affected like this; clearly the big book-slicing machine wasn't perfectly aligned.

Well, I wasn't willing to pay full-price for a defective book, and it was the only copy in the store. Even a 10% discount (which is what most shops tend to offer for slightly-imperfect products) wouldn't be enough to make up for the work I'd have to do in cutting the pages. I toyed with the idea of just putting it back, but eventually plucked up the courage to ask at the counter. After I explained the situation to the assistant, and got him to look at the book, he said he could knock £2 off.

40% off? I don't mind if I do!


I've only tried out one of the cake recipes so far (a slightly-dry sachertorte), but the reason I particularly wanted to mention this book is for the benefit of anyone thinking of getting started with sugarcraft. If that's you, you should go out and buy a copy. In the decorating section at the front of this book there are step-by-step guides to almost everything I learnt in my second-year sugarcraft course, and most of what the third-years were studying, too. Plus there are loads of pretty cake designs which you could use for inspiration.

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with the author or publishers of this book.

19 comments:

lakeviewer said...

I'd want to buy the book just to drool over the pictures. I'm not much of a baker.

blueviolet said...

I've only ever received 10 percent. YOu rock for getting the 40 percent off!!!

L.C.T. said...

The cake on that cover looks yummy. And great bargain :)

Stephanie V said...

I have some older books - probably antiques now that I think of it - and all the pages were like that. Talk about accessible literature! In fact, I believe that was the original use of a paper knife...to slit open those pages.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Hola Rachel...i stopped by more than jus a hello...say a little on the lines of ravong about ur wonderful blog...howzatt...
CAn armchair travel so beautifully all over thru ur stunning pics and delicious cuisine...ur recipes rock babes....
hey and thanx for not making me type those word verifications sweety...v thoughtfull..

LOVE IS THE AIR...SO IS ROMANCE ...WISH YA LOADS OF IT @ 365

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

And ofcourse i love that delighfull book that are sure to give u some delight full fun and reall good moments and ur already so good at dressing up ur cakkeys....

Toni said...

Is it bad that I want to eat the book?!

MJ said...

Nice one! Just goes to show if you don't ask, you don't get!

http://dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com/

carma said...

I'm a carb addict already so I need to avoid a book that looks as tasty as that one!! BTW, I love your "about me" - sums it up well!

Louiz said...

Interesting book, and congrats on the 40% off!

Susie Blacksmith said...

A promising book, telling by the cover - big discount you got too! :) It was very nice of the assistant.

Emma said...

This is totally a book that I would want. I LOVE cake decorating like you wouldn't believe. Don't know what was up with the pages but sounds like you got a great deal.

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Oh that cake on the front page, my mouth is watering!
I am all for cake as long as I can eat it. I don't care for the baking part,... or the decorating part. It would taste like sand or something equally dull when I am done with it.
I would not mind getting 40% off on a pair of shoes,.. hmm!

MelRoXx said...

souns like a good book, SITSta! congrats o the 40%off!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I would love to learn how to make beautiful cakes. And that little guy you made sitting on a couch is incredible!

Tracie said...

What a beautiful book!

traveleatrepeat said...

What a fun book! You'll probably get great ideas from flipping through the pages. Can't wait to see what you create.

Chef E said...

I love bargain books like that! I actually just heard a phrase, but cannot remember it...well, I found it interesting...

Look forward to your creations, since I loved the guy on the couch!

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

There's nothing better than flicking through a pretty book for inspiration!

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