The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
by Aimee Bender
As Rose Edelstein is about to turn nine years old, she suddenly discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste the emotions of whoever makes her food, be it her mother, a deli worker, or a school cafeteria employee. While this might seem like a wonderful skill to have, it is actually quite the opposite. Her mother's lemon cake tastes of hollowness and wanting, her brother's toast tastes of isolation, and the gourmet baker's cookies tastes of hating one's job. For Rose, eating anything but prepackaged food becomes hazardous. Secrets she has no interest in knowing are revealed in each bite. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a captivating story, both funny and sad, and well worth the read. Kimberly C.