Exciting things are happening — for me and the book. Watch for book reviews and interviews which will be appearing on various blogs and websites as well as Facebook.

Beginning today, I will start publishing small excerpts from the story or one of the recipes which will make you want to read more, I hope. Or maybe have an urge to get into your kitchen and start cooking?

(Be sure to prepare your big tube pan properly, generously greasing and flouring it. Many large dense cakes are baked at low temperatures in order to prevent burning on the outside. It is not necessary to poke any holes in this cake before pouring on the glaze.)

1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup pecans
1 teaspoon soda
4 cups sifted plain flour
2 T grated orange rind
1 cup chopped dates
Cream butter and sugar; beat in eggs one at a time. Add sifted flour in three parts, then add soda, buttermilk, orange rind, dates and pecans. Bake 1 and 1/2 hours or until done. at 250° F. When the cake tests done pour the following glaze over it while hot in the pan, and let cool. Invert onto serving plate.

2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 T orange rind
Combine and stir until sugar dissolves over low heat. Let cool slightly before pouring over the hot cake.

If you like to bake, my mother’s collection of cake recipes can’t be beat. This cake is one that my Aunt Margaret made every year at Holidays — and usually we did, too. It is especially good in the winter time with a cup of hot strong coffee or tea. Both my cousin Martha and I have tinkered with the glaze from time to time, adding Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Brandy to give it a kick!

Here is a link to a review of GENEVA by my friend Pat Freymuth:

“GENEVA is a memoir, written by Geneva’s daughter, Ellen Thompson Shook. Some of you may know Ellen; she is the author of the blog Scribbler Unfocused. The book is a compilation of family stories, photos and Geneva’s recipes. I began reading the book as soon as I received it in Saturday’s mail. The stories draw me in and take me back to a different time….

“Ellen’s family photos are a treasure….

“The author was inspired by a book, written by poet Maya Angelou, that combined storytelling and food.”

Go to Pat’s beautiful blog to see her whole post.