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Compromise Cake

Lessons Learned from My Mother's Recipe Box

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May 12, 2015 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781619025431
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"Here Nancy Spiller has done the radical thing: instead of glossing all this in the rosy light of vague and nostalgic memories, she's taken a hard look at what made her mother's story both typical and unique." —Huffington Post

After her mother’s death in 2007, Nancy Spiller discovered her mother’s teaching credential buried in the midst of a recipe box. Her mother had taught for only one year before marrying and having four children. Spiller realized that she had probably been her mother’s best and only student in the kitchen.

Compromise Cake explores Spiller’s life in the suburbs of Northern California in the 1960s, learning to cook by her mother’s side, as remembered through the recipe box. It touches on lineage, and industrial changes; it is a meditation on men, women, marriage and the concept of compromise.

What emerges is a portrait of a woman whose hopes, dreams, and desires for herself as a career woman, writer, and artist were stifled by the pressure to pursue the conventional female role as wife and mother, but found expression through her daughter, an author and artist. This is a memoir that extends beyond Spiller’s relationship with her mother, and is universal for all mothers and daughters, and what, as they say, is baked into the cake.

NANCY SPILLER is a writer and an artist. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She was an internationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate’s Entertainment News Service and author of Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (With Recipes). She currently lives in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.nancyspiller.org.

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“Here Nancy Spiller has done the radical thing: instead of glossing all this in the rosy light of vague and nostalgic memories, she’s taken a hard look at what made her mother’s story both typical and unique.” —Huffington Post

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