If you're looking for a solid cookbook with some serious Southern comfort food, then this is your ticket to happiness. The recipes are well written and she reveals many of the secrets to modern baking in a simple and straightforward manner.
But, where this book really excels is how Ms. Day celebrates the talents and influence of the generations of smart southern black women that preceded her, the gifts inherent in handwritten family recipe cards, and the ability of flavors and textures to anchor a person to their cultural past while simultaneously providing sustenance for the future. There is a warm confidence and gratitude infused throughout her writing and recipes that make this book feel a bit different from her previous work and I am all for it. It's just a wonderful read.
From the Publisher:
"The definitive book on Southern baking . . . a master class in making memorable baked goods."
Named a Best Cookbook of Fall 2021 by Eater
Named a Top 10 Most Anticipated Cookbook of Fall 2021 by Stained Page News
There is nothing more satisfying or comforting than tying on a favorite apron and baking something delicious. And nowhere has this been so woven into life than in the American South, where the attitude is that every day is worthy of a special treat from the kitchen.
Cheryl Day, one of the South's most respected bakers, a New York Times bestselling author, and co-ownerwith her husband, Griffof Savannah's acclaimed Back in the Day Bakery, is a direct descendent of this storied Southern baking tradition. Literally: her great-great-grandmother was an enslaved pastry cook famous for her biscuits and cakes. Now Cheryl brings together her deep experience, the conversations she's had with grandmothers and great-aunts and sister-bakers, and her passion for collecting local cookbooks and handwritten recipes in a definitive collection of over two hundred tried-and-true recipes that celebrate the craft of from-scratch Southern baking.
Flaky, buttery biscuits. Light and crisp fritters. Muffins and scones with a Southern twist, using ingredients like cornmeal, pecans, sorghum, and cane syrup. Cookies that satisfy every craving. The big spectacular cakes, of course, layer upon layer bound by creamy frosting, the focal point of every celebration. And then the pies. Oh, the pies!
The book steeps the baker in not only the recipes, ingredients, and special flavor profiles of Southern baking but also the very nuances of how to be a better baker. With Cheryl as your guide, it's like having generations of Southern bakers standing over your shoulder, showing you just how to cream butter and sugar, fold whipped egg whites into batter, adjust for the temperature and humidity in your kitchen, and master those glorious piecrusts by overcoming the thing that experienced bakers knowa pie dough can sense fear!
Time to get out that apron.
About the Author:
Cheryl Day is a self-taught artisan baker and established Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia in 2002. Back in the Day Bakery has been recognized nationally and locally for its handcrafted Southern inspired desserts, artisan breads, as well as the warm and friendly atmosphere that has made them a Savannah food landmark.
Cheryl and her husband Griffith have received many awards throughout the years including being nominated in 2015 for a James Beard Award in the category of Outstanding Bakers. Cheryl and Griffith currently have two best selling cookbooks: "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" and "Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love" published by Artisan Books. http://www.backinthedaybakery.com
Release Date: November 2021