Lauren Chattman is a former pastry chef who has written 10 different cookbooks. Her recipes have also featured in many magazines, including Fine Cooking.
"The former pastry chef Lauren Chattman's new book sets out to
prove that baking a cake can be an everyday activity. In the spirit
of industrious folks like Julie Powell, who spent a year cooking
her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French
Cooking (the experience spawned a book and a movie), Chattman
baked a different cake every day for almost a year; the resulting
100 unfrosted and unfilled cakes range from old favorites like the
crunchy-topped blueberry buckle to an Italian-style red grape,
polenta, and olive oil cake." --Saveur "Cake Keeper Cakes
offers 100 recipes for honest-to-goodness everyday cakes, the kind
meant to be kept on the counter under a plain glass dome. Author
Lauren Chattman's recipe for Cinnamon Pudding Cake and Almond Brown
Butter Cake conjure winter days and warm milk. Pear Cake with Sea
Salt Caramel Sauce appears dinner-party worthy without being fussy.
Meanwhile, cakes like Fig and Cornmeal with Pine Nuts or Chocolate
Chipotle -- a rich buttermilk loaf with a subtle, smoky kick --
strike just the right balance between comfort and sophistication.
Make no mistake: these are not quick cakes. They are simply simple
cakes, no frosting, no flower cut-outs, no intimidation."
--Michele Kaya, The Associated Press