Some twenty years ago Pam and her husband bought a small jam making business called Thursday Cottage. Relocating the business to East Devon, they spent many years making a profusion of different award winning preserves that became firm favourites of jam lovers the world over. Here they spent their days making wonderful jams, jellies, curds and marmalades under the Thursday Cottage label. Always using good, wholesome, seasonal ingredients, their products soon became firm favourites with jam-lovers the world over. Having hung up her professional wooden spoon, Pam still loves to pot- up and pickle whatever or whenever she can. With fellow preserver Liz Neville, she now runs the Preserves course at River Cottage. In 2008, her first book Preserves was published as part of the River Cottage Handbook series. In the eighth of the River Cottage Handbook series, Pam offers an appealing guide to baking perfect cakes. With the voice of experience, setting out basic techniques and recipes that will guarantee success. This is traditional baking at its very best, with over 75 adaptable recipes including Macaroons, Meringues, Fairy Cakes (and their counterpart - Gnome Cakes), the classic Victoria Sandwich, Walnut Cake, Orange Cake with Earl Grey Icing, and the glorious Battenberg Cake with its distinctive pink and yellow checks.