Baking Cakes in Kigali

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Baking Cakes in Kigali

Gaile Parkin

This is a GREAT book!

It takes place after the Rwandan genocide in 1994.  Angel Tungaraza is a professional cake baker for special occasions.  She is a loving wife and mother to her grandchildren.  Each chapter talks about a new cake and the story behind it.

It was so much fun to begin to understand a bit of African culture.  She runs the business from their home and all her clients come by word of mouth.  Friends telling friends, telling business partners, telling their neighbors.  She is constantly busy and has never ending orders.  Also each time a new customer comes to place an order she provides a glass of tea and a piece or two of cake.

Taking orders was as much about finding out what the person wanted, but also hearing the story of why they wanted it, what was important to them and a little of their lives.  Also the lives of those who order from her are intertwined and connected together in unimaginable ways.  The community that is built and depends on each other is neat to read about!

The more you read the more you learn about not only her clients, but about Angel and her family and their lives together.  It is an easy read and very interesting.

The author of the book was born and raised in Zambia.  She has lived most of her life in Africa and was involved in work in South Africa and more recently in Rwanda.

 

 

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