Back in the Day Made with Love Book Review

Back in the Day Made with Love Book Review

Title: Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love
Author: Cheryl Day, Griffith Day
Published: 2015, Artisan
No. of Pages: 312
Cover Price: $24.95 Hardcover, $8.99 Kindle

Love to Bake? Cheryl and Griffith Day’s cookbook, Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love, is full of not only mouthwatering recipes to bake at home, but also everything you need to know about baking ingredients, spices, measuring, baking tools and pans, and helpful hints. The recipes are from the famous Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA. The Day’s first cookbook, Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook, published in 2012, made the New York Times Bestseller List, and this sequel is most likely destined to make it again.

One of the interesting things I learned from reading this book is that there is such a thing as a biscone (purported to be Back in the Day’s trademark), which is a cross between a biscuit and a scone.

The book has an excellent index, table of contents, and most importantly, pictures that show just how delectable your finished dish will turn out. The authors are good writers, so even if you aren’t in the mood to bake, the book is a great read. The instructions are concise and easy to understand, so anyone – from beginner to experienced cook – can make the recipes turn out just like the pictures. There are recipes for cakes, cookies, quick breads, yeast breads, and baked main dishes. There are recipes for desserts, brunch dishes, traditional old-fashioned dishes, and newly popular dishes. Quite honestly, there isn’t a recipe in the book that I wouldn’t want to try.

Whenever I review a cookbook, I prepare at least two recipes from the book before publishing the review. I chose to make the Smoked Pimento Cheese Crackers, since my husband is from the South and loves Pimento cheese. He didn’t get many of them, since I couldn’t resist eating more than my share. The jam muffins were perfect for breakfast, and a perfect way to finish some of the bottles of jam sitting in the fridge.

The book contains a variety of both sweet and savory baked goods, so there is something for almost everyone. Everything in this book isn’t baked – there are also instructions for some clever crafts, as well as homemade syrups, sauces, spreads, jams, marmalades, and even pickles.

The bottom line is this: if you like to bake, and you like southern, and you like to impress your family and friends, this is a must-have book. Although a Kindle version doesn’t take up space, this book is nice enough that you will most likely want to opt for a hardcover version so it can be an attractive addition to your cookbook shelf.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

This book may be purchased at Amazon:
Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love: More than 100 Recipes and Make-It-Yourself Projects to Create and Share, hardcover
Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love: More than 100 Recipes and Make-It-Yourself Projects to Create and Share, Kindle

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