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Freelancer Miller is a self-described "cake chronicler," and in this memoir, she describes her indiscriminate and conflicted obsession with cakes, which yields varying and sometimes, embarrassing results. Her stories are structured like a tiered cake and begin with a series of historical tidbits based on Internet research. She mixes in her experiences as a "sloppy baker" and an owner of a low-carb bakeshop, sprinkles in detailed but uninsightful discussions with other bakers and tops it off with lists of cultural ephemera. Much of the earnest, conversational prose reads like a series of inflated blog entries and reveal a person whose love of sweet, sugary food makes her feel "addicted, neurotic, weak-willed." Like her frantic, inconsistent attempts at baking, the writing suffers from the "perils of impatience" and a lack of focus. Miller manages to redeem herself with a few short, poignant memories-eating frosting from a can, her grandmother's kitchen and a dream about sweets. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.