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More Magazine includes “brilliantly witty” Cakewalk in its list of “17 Food-themed Books You’ll Want to Eat Up”, October 2010

Cakewalk distinguishes itself…” Review by Emily Stone in Alimentum: The Literature of Food
–, posted September 2010

“…once you begin reading her story it is impossible to put down.” Serious Eats highly recommends Cakewalk
–Serious Reads: Cakewalk by Kate Moses in, posted August 7, 2010

Kate’s essay on Sylvia Plath’s baking obsession published in Plath Profiles
“Baking for Sylvia,” Plath Profiles, Volume 3, Summer 2010

“A sweet tooth and a generous spirit infuse this delicious memoir…”
Better Homes and Gardens on Cakewalk, August 2010

“… a tale of family unhappiness sweetened with sugary treats.”
Review of Cakewalk by Suzi Feay in the Financial Times, July 31, 2010

Cakewalk included in Tulsa World’s summer roundup of food memoirs and cookbooks
Get Cooking: Top 10 cookbooks to keep you experimenting in the kitchen, Tulsa World, July 21, 2010

Time includes Kate in their roundup of writers recommending their favorite summer reading
“Page Turners: The summer’s hot writers on what’s on their nightstand, Kindle or beach chair,” Time, July 12, 2010

Cakewalk included in 7X7′s Summer Reading List
7×7′s Summer Reads by Local SF Authors, June 30, 2010

The Jet Blue blog asks Kate for her tips on a perfect San Francisco day and her favorite tastes around town
Kate Moses’ San Francisco at the Jet Blue Blog, June 23, 2010

Cakewalk showcases Moses’ lyric voice, her eye for telling detail, and her ultimate optimism…”
Cakewalk included in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s roundup of summer reading, June 17, 2010

“Moses…is not only a beautiful writer, but a beautiful baker…”
Cakewalk’s Angel Food Cake recipe in Babble’s Family Kitchen blog

“…there’s more to having a sweet tooth than feeling bad about it…”
–Interview with Kate in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 3, 2010

“…cakes and candy as a way to create a conspiracy of joy…”
Double XX editor Hanna Rosin blogs on Cakewalk as Book of the Week

“…sweetly engrossing…”
The State (South Carolina) includes Cakewalk in its Guide to Summer Reading, May 30, 2010

“…artfully told…”
The Austin Chronicle recommends Cakewalk for Complete Summer Reading, May 28, 2010

The New York Times‘ Alex Witchel on Kate’s brownies in Cakewalk: “Once they’ve matured . . . they are at their most complex, satisfying best, like unhappy little girls who escape into books before growing up to write them.”
–Alex Witchel’s “Feed Me” column in The New York Times, May 26, 2010

“[Kate Moses'] new book, Cakewalk, is the fruit of her remembering, a memoir of life and baking . . . beautifully written . . .”
–Review in The Millions, May 26, 2010

“Kate’s sentences are delicacies themselves–rich, abundant, generous and exquisite.”
Video Interview with Kate and blog posts on her work at Elizabeth Stark’s BookWritingWorld blog
–Interview with Elizabeth Stark & Angie Powers
–”Serving Verbs: Trade Secrets from Kate Moses”
–”Magical Thinking: The Power of Story”
–”KateWalk: A Delicious Memoir of Cakes, Writing and One Heck of a Life

“A rich, filling memoir that’s served without a tinge of bitterness. A-.”
Entertainment Weekly, May 28, 2010

Guest Post by Kate at Meg Waite Clayton’s Blog
--Ist Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started

“Thank you Kate Moses”
–blog about Kate’s books at skirt!.com

“The Writer’s Life: The Bitter and the Sweet”
–Interview with Kate at The Reader’s Review blog

“…what [Cakewalk author Kate Moses] has finally won at long last is the game of life. It’s a sweet ending, indeed.”
The Kansas City Star, May 15, 2010

Excerpt from Cakewalk in the Anchorage Daily News:
Reading the North” column at

“…irresistible and possibly unbeatable” is what The Tipsy Baker Blog says about Kate’s Absolutely Best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
–The Tipsy Baker Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge, May 14, 2010

“A Childhood Shaped by the Bay Area and its Food”
Interview with Kate on The New York Times Bay Area Blog, May 13, 2010

Cakewalk excerpt in Salon for Mother’s Day
“How Mom and I outran the tornado,” May 9, 2010

“Kate Moses, Cakewalk, and Kate on film with August Kleinzahler”
Beth Kephart’s blog, May 8, 2010

Interview with Kate at The Wall Street Journal online
Speakeasy at The Wall Street Journal

“…lyrical and delectable…”
Chicago Tribune

“…a beautifully written remembrance of a sadly eccentric childhood literally sweetened by sugar. …This is a book to be savored.”

“…an uplifting coming-of-age story told through recipes…”
Self Editor’s Pick, May 2010

“Cakewalk is a lovely book.”

“Deliberate, sensitive and meticulous, the narrative brims with dense, curiously exacting detail…A delectable, well-crafted memoir.”
—Kirkus Reviews


“Kate Moses has written a memoir that is brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, funny, tragic, captivating…the list goes onand makes for a book destined to join the short shelf of our best literature about the vying flavors of childhood. Simply put, Cakewalk is a marvel.”
—Ann Packer, author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier and Songs Without Words

“I was entranced from the first page. (My mouth watered, too, by the way.) The story is at once lovely and heartbreaking and it’s written with a gentle, deft hand.”
—David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy

“Although this gorgeous memoir made me laugh, made me wistful, even made me cry, the overwhelming sensation I experienced was of hunger, the kind of empty desperation that only a thick piece of coconut layer cake or a chewy fudge brownie can cure…Those cravings were the only things that could force me to put this marvelous book down. And because Kate Moses provides a complete literary and gustatory experience, within an hour or so, I had my own, albeit less competent versions of those delicacies to enjoy with the next chapter.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother

“That Moses survived her storied past to write about it with such generosity, optimism, and affection is a miracle; she is made of strong stuff, Kate Moses is, and her memoir attests not only to the tensile strength of her character, but to her crazy-beautiful talents as a writer.”
—Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment

“It’s a good thing CAKEWALK is a book and not a cake, because it’s the kind of work you just devour, great chunks at a time…Kate Moses is a great and gifted storyteller, and in this very funny, smart and lyrical account of one family’s complex history, she gives us a cross between the childhood memoirs of Augusten Burroughs and a story of culinary education [like] Julie and Julia.”
—Sylvia Brownrigg, author of Morality Tale and The Delivery Room

“What we have here is no less than a collection of Proustian madeleines for the modern age…Cooking memoirs are all the rage. What makes this one special is that Kate Moses is a truly dazzling writer who just happens to be as exceptional in the kitchen as she is on the page. A crazy, richly compelling tale of learning to sweeten her way through good times and bad.”
—Mary Pols, author of Accidentally on Purpose, now a CBS series starring Jenna Elfman