Friday, August 10

You Be Sweet by Patsy Caldwell

Food is irrevocably intertwined with life and love; taste memories and traditions pass from generation to generation and circle through communities. Cooking school founder Patsy Caldwell and writer Amy Wilson have gathered together a collection of recipes that mean the most the them and short, sweet stories of the community and love those recipes represent, and share them with lucky readers in You Be Sweet. Drinks, desserts and yummy snacks spill out of these pages in a delightful sugar rush that makes your fingers itch to start baking.

The instant you pick up this book, you know it was put together by someone who knows what they're doing. Thick glossy pages, recipes in easy-to-read formats and fonts, and photos that are professional without being pretentious.

Typical of most Southern-inspired cookbooks, it is heavy on peaches, lemons, pecans and other ingredients that may be less readily available (or significantly more expensive) outside the South. It makes no apologies for it's ingredient lists – sugar, butter, heavy cream, and sour cream are staples. Whipped topping, jello packets, cake mixes, marshmallow fluff and corn syrup make appearances as well. That said, the recipes were user friendly and many could be adapted by/for those of us whose kitchens don't allow for sugar, processed foods, etc. I look forward to working my way through it!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in return for my honest opinion. If you check out my other reviews, you'll see that I have no problem honestly saying when I hated something; I just happened to genuinely enjoy this one!

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