“Their first date was over the telephone. Since they both loved to bake, they thought it might be fun to cook together, each in his own kitchen.
Both had copies of “The Cake Bible” by Rose Levy Beranbaum, so Dr. Arguin suggested that they try the Scarlet Empress, in which a bowl is lined with slices of jelly roll and filled with vanilla Bavarian cream before a top layer of cake is added and the whole thing is flipped over and unmolded.
This was in 2009, before such a date might have been streamed live. “We were on the phone for hours,” Dr. Taylor recalled.”