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DOWNTOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY - Author Krystina Castella - A World of Cake

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Take your literary sweet tooth on a global tour! Whether you’re indulging in Australian pavlova, Japanese mochi, or Italian panettone, it’s just not a celebration without cake. In this delectable cookbook, Krystina Castella offers more than 150 irresistible cake recipes from around the world, accompanied by mouthwatering photographs and insights into unique cultural traditions. Discover exciting new flavors and innovative twists on your favorite desserts as you explore the sweet delights of a variety of chiffons, fruitcakes, meringues, and more.

Enjoyed by cultures the world over, cakes are as varied and fascinating as the pastry chefs, home bakers, and street vendors who prepare them. In France, patisseries offer edible works of art. England gives us puddings, which are really often cakes, and a bite-size lamington is a treat with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with sweet fruit are popular street snacks. honey cakes celebrate new beginnings in Jewish tradition, and peach buns are a symbol of longevity in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany's stollen to Italy's panettone, are popular Christmas fare throughout much of the world.

Book prices (cash only):

  • A World of Cake $15 each
  • 4 copies for $50

All of these titles will be $12 each; 5 copies for $50

  • Crazy about cupcakes
  • Crazy about cookies
  • Crazy about cakes
  • Crazy about chocolate
  • Crazy about pies
  • Booze cakes
  • Pops

For these desserts and many more, A World of Cake offers recipes, variations, and entertaining historical and cultural facts. Cake family trees, "world tours" of cakes served for holiday celebrations, and a centuries-long cake timeline offer fresh perspectives on cake and the place of honor it holds on the worldwide dessert table. Lovingly baked everywhere for life's special occasions, cakes are enjoyed where families and friends gather. Adopt a tradition from another country for your next cake gathering. 

Krystina Castella is a writer, industrial designer, and professor at Art Center College of Design. She is an avid baker, photographer and expert on play and designing for children. Krystina is the author of the books: Designing for Kids: Creating for Playing, learning and growing (Routledge 2019) and the cookbooks A World of cake (Storey 2010),Crazy about Cupcakes (Sterling 2006), Crazy about Cookies (Sterling 2010), Crazy about Cakes (Sterling 2011), Crazy about Pies (Sterling 2013), Crazy about Chocolate (Sterling 2013), Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone (Quirk Books, 2008) and co-author of Booze Cakes (Quirk Books 2010). She is also co-author/ photographer of the children's book series Discovering Nature's Alphabet (Heyday 2006), Discovering Nature's Hidden Alphabet (Heyday 2017), Discovering Nature's Alphabet Board Book (Heyday 2016).


Copies of A World of Cake will be on sale (cash, credit). Please use Eventbrite.com to RSVP for the event and help the Friends of the Library determine the number of books to bring for sales and autographs. Search Krystina Castella Friends of the Library. Please note that an Eventbrite ticket does not guarantee a seat. Seats are first come first served for free Library, Arts & Culture events. For more information call 818-548-2030.

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