Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide - Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: A Book Review

About The Book:

Fire up your oven with recipes from what Paula Deen calls one of the "must-eat-at-places" in Savannah
Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day "bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever."

To celebrate the bakery's tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers' favorite recipes. It's packed with Cheryl and Griff's baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S'more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. Irresistible full-color photographs of food and behind-the-scenes bakery shots will give readers a glimpse into the sweet daily life at the bakeshop. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

About The Authors:

Griffith Day and his wife, Cheryl, founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. They're both self-taught bakers; Griff's interest in baking was piqued by the magical sourdough starter that his mother kept in the family kitchen when he was a child. He is the master behind the flavorful breads and the creative savory menu at the bakery, and his pioneering spirit complement's Cheryl's enthusiasm to create Back in the Day's unique atmosphere. Together they comprise a sweet and savory tour de force!

Cheryl Day and her husband, Griffith, founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. They're both self-taught bakers; Cheryl honed her skills in her mother's and grandmother's kitchens. Her enthusiasm for enriching lives through the time-honored art of scratch baking is one of her most endearing qualities, along with a few dance moves she picked up in her days as a Soul Train dancer. Together, she and her husband comprise a sweet and savory tour de force!

My Review:

It is December 13th and I am currently in the midst of holiday baking and loving it! I enjoy making treats not only for my family, but for friends and neighbors. Each year I always make family favorites but also love to try out new recipes. I typically will go through cookbooks and recipes that I already own, but this year I had the blessing to be able to review a couple new cookbooks. One such cookbook was The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. What a delight!

The book is very nicely organized by food type, with easy to read large fonts, and amazing real life photos of most of the books highlighted in the book. The book also includes a delightful introduction and tips to make your baking experience the best it can be.

I have had the opportunity to make a couple of the recipes, including Molasses-Ginger Cookies (p. 181), Nana Cream Pie (p, 113) and Pumpkin Crunch Bars (p. 203). Each recipe was very easy to follow, using basic staples found in most home pantry's and easy to find in stores. I also was able to make some substitutions to the recipes to adapt for my type 2 diabetes with little change to taste, which is a huge factor for me.  Also, each recipe I tried was easy enough that my girls even helped out and had fun doing so! I would so love to visit the actual bakery in Savannah one day!

If you are looking for a new cookbook to try your baking skills with, or give to a foodie in your life this Christmas season, I highly recommend The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook!

I give this book a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook at your favorite bookseller or online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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