The Story of Cake by Norah Smaridge is today's pick for CakeBook Monday. Published in 1978, and aimed at young readers, it's a short book of interesting tidbits, a few recipes, and some out-of-date facts. The real gem is the author. Born in Liverpool, Smaridge came to the U.S. as a child with her sea captain father and became a prolific author of books for young adults including the straightforwardly titled You Know Better Than That. All that said, The Story of Cake is not a must-have unless you're an obsessive like me or have a thing for late-70s illustrations.