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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Books (July 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401601731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401601737
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,248,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Should be called Cake Mix cookbook Oct. 8 2012
By Booklover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a disappointment for me. Many of the recipes are made by using a cake mix. Also many of the recipes use ingredients like instant jello or pudding mix. These are more like simple quick recipes for people that don't bake a lot and need something tasty for a family gathering or party. If your not a baking enthusiast than this cookbook is for you. If you bake a lot and like to bake from scratch avoid this book. I'm really surprised this cookbook is by cooking teachers and bakery owners. I thought most bakers cooked from scratch.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Sweet Delight Oct. 19 2012
By LiniAyre536 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1967, Amy's mother said a simple phrase - 'You be sweet'. Her meaning was just to be kind, decent and civilized. Generations of southerners have served well from the simple phrase, 'regardless of the occasion'.

This cookbook is filled with one dessert after the other proceeded with a funny story or a cherished memory. Patsy and Amy have bought these recipes together in the hopes of creating opportunities for 'connection and community'.

With each chapter marked under inviting headings such 'Reverend Boydston Comes to Town' and 'The Ladies Who Lunch', the recipes that follow are a perfect mix of what to serve at such a gathering.

From the moment of opening this cookbook, the Southern sunshine leaps of the page and each story accompanying the set of recipes makes you feel that you're being let in to a homemade secret. The authors believe that sharing food is like sharing your heart and there's no better way to 'be sweet' to one another. How right they are. Each recipe is easy to follow and all mouthwatering.

I made the Peach Crisp (Chapter 2) which was very easy to prepare. I don't have a blender so chopped the pecans and peeled the peaches by hand so this lengthened the process (for me). The result was a tasty, crunchy crisp. The added pecans gave a great depth of flavor. Overall it had a little bite, sweet and moreish.

From Family Reunion, Bay's Fudge Pie was quick and used ingredients I tend to always have in. Mixing the simple ingredients resulted in a very chocolaty pie! It was dense but not too sweet with an almost cakey crust. I also ventured to make the flour-less chocolate cake (Chapter 4). It was quick to put together resulting in a dense almost gooey cake. It was a little too rich for me and would taste just right with a little whipped cream on the side instead of the suggested icing.

There are many more recipes that I'm eager to try - Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce, White & Dark Chocolate Mousse and Honey Bun Cake with Vanilla Glaze - but I'll never get this review out! There are so many drinks, cakes and spreads to choose from so a beginner can build up to the more complicated recipes and the avid baker won't know where to begin. A highly recommended book for bakers of all skills.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze review program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I gained five pounds reading this! Oct. 8 2012
By PBacon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not really, but I wanted to introduce you today to the most adorable little book. You Be Sweet by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson.
You Be Sweet is a collection of short stories and "sweet" recipes for just about any occasion. The book is full of Southern flare, humorous anecdotes, and notes of importance.
For example, in the paper bag apple pie, only use this recipe in an electric oven.
I can see where a gas oven might be a problem.
As a born and raised Southerner, I adored the anecdotes and the thoughts on using some recipes on old 3x5 cards. I have some in my cupboard that have more spots on them than you can imagine. Would I get rid of them? Not on your life, they have history and lots of fond memories. Yes, in true Southern fashion, there is the liberal use of butter or shortening in many of these. However, there are plenty of recipes in this book that are for those who seek healthy sweets as well.
As a zucchini bread devotee, I was thrilled to see the zucchini bread recipe with crushed pineapple in it.
The fruit salsa in this book is just perfect for those craving something sweet and are watching their girlish figures or for a big group of ladies at a bridge meeting, church meeting, or baby or bridal shower.
The German chocolate fried pies will be a hit around here at Halloween....if I can just find a bat cookie cutter.
There are recipes for icecream and sorbet and popsicles that make your mouth water.
Do I recommend this book, wholeheartedly. You Be Sweet is a fantastic resource for the home cook wanting to share a little something sweet no matter the occasion with a dash of Southern grace.
See, I did gain five pounds reading this!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perfect recipes, but wish it had more photographs Aug. 21 2012
By Molly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You would think that because I grew up in the South I'd have learned many traditional "southern" dishes, especially desserts, but sadly, I haven't. Now that I have my own family, learning a few trusty dishes I can share with my family to give them a taste of my childhood is a goal I've set for myself. I'd love to pass on recipes to my kids that never were passed to me. So, when I had the opportunity to review You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time, I was so excited!

Living here, there are so many southern desserts that I've enjoyed that I've never been able to make myself, and I was thrilled when I was able to find them in this book. Even better, I realized that none of them were too hard to make, which is good since I've never considered myself much of a baker.

The first recipe I tried with my family was one of my childhood favorites, Peach Cobbler, made from scratch. The recipe and directions were so well written and easy to understand that I pulled it off on my very first try with flying colors! It was delicious, and seriously tasted just like my Great-Grandmother used to make it.

Another aspect that I enjoyed were all the stories scattered throughout the book. I imagine that they could've been left out, but I'm glad they were included because they add a colorful touch I haven't read in another cookbook. I could just picture the little church ladies preparing for the pastor to come by for lunch, making sure the desserts were perfect.

The only thing I wish this book had were more photographs. While the photos used throughout were beautiful and mouthwatering, I wish there were more for a visual of what our final dishes should look like.

Otherwise, I'd say that this book is perfect. If you're interested in preparing some good, easy, and traditional down-home goodies that your neighbors will be jealous of, I highly recommend You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson. Oct. 7 2012
By Zac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to get You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson. Their cookbook is full of southern dessert recipes, teas, and other cool recipes. They include some short stories at the beginning of each chapter as well as photos of select finished recipes.

As I looked through the cookbook, I bookmarked quite a few recipes that sounded good to me. Some of the highlights that I am looking forward to trying are: Hot Buttered Lemonade, Purple Plum Good Pecan Bread, Sinfully Delicious Pecans, Carmel Popcorn with Peanuts, Apple and Cranberry Muffins with Walnuts, Caramel-Dipped Apples with Chocolate and Pecans, Peach Tea, and Apricot Dip.

While these recipes and some others intrigued me, I was disappointed that there were not many photos of finished recipes. When I cook or look for recipes, I like to have a photo to help tell me whether I will like it or not. I also did not care for the short stories through the cookbook. I did not think these really added to the cookbook and I ended up skipping over most of them.

Overall this cookbook was okay. I don't think I would run out and buy it, but I did find some recipes that sounded good. As I said, I really would have liked more photos throughout the book, but I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes.

I received this book for free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <[...]> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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