I am a cake baker at heart and I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Southern Cakes is a celebration of classic, dependable southern cake recipes. The recipe headnotes and history of the recipes are fun and enlightening. Most importantly, perfectly polite people have murmured shocking things after tasting the Banana Cake on page 99. It's that good.
Note: If you're really into Southern baking and desserts, consider picking up a copy of her Southern Pies book as well. Both are invaluable for a baker's library.
From the Publisher:
Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to's of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first.
About the Author:
Nancie McDermott is a North Carolina native, born in Burlington, raised in High Point, and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written 13 cookbooks.
Nancie's first 10 cookbooks focus on Asian kitchens, Her three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand gave her a lifelong love for the cuisines, history and cultures of Asia, and she has spent the last twenty years cooking, reading, traveling, writing, and teaching about Asian food.
Since moving back home to North Carolina in 1999, she has written three more cookbooks which focus on recipes of the American South, the place she fell in love with cooking in her grandmother's dairy farm kitchen. Now living with her family in Chapel Hill, NC, Nancie writes, researches, and teaches about both her beats, while serving as a contributing editor for Edible Piedmont magazine.
Visit her blog at nanciemcdermott.com, to keep track of what's going on with Nancie, pie by pie.
Release Date: Sept 2010