Lots of email this week! Reader Bill writes in to ask:
You write a pretty glowing review of gateau. Can I infer that you prefer it to what you call “New World” cake?
In fact, no. If I were forced to choose one kind of cake to eat for the rest of my life, it’d be good old, thick and buttery “New World” layer cake. It’s what I’ve grown up with. However since I’m in the happy position of not being forced to choose, I eat both whenever and wherever I can.