A memoir wed to the universal story of all mothers and daughters.


“Only now do I realize the degree to which such self-sacrifice and denial were baked into me, as they were baked into my mother, as they are baked into far too many females, at birth.”


Nancy Spiller dips into her mother’s recipe box for a captivating confection of a memoir and out comes the history of sugar, family history, California history and anecdotes both humorous and of the heart. Illustrating the chapters are cozy watercolors in sugary pastels that, taken together with the delightful text, make Compromise Cake a great read and a perfect gift for the holidays. If you want to serve up a treat for your loved ones or just for yourself, this book is it.
—Susan Sherman, author of The Little Russian