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You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time [Hardcover]

Patsy Caldwell , Wilson Amy Wilson

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Book Description

Aug. 28 2012

You know how those Southern dessert recipes go—a cup of sugar here, a stick of butter there, eight squares of bak­ing chocolate, or a pint of the season’s juiciest fruit. That recipe for blueberry cream pie—it’s been passed around the church for so long nobody can quite remember who made it first. Or how about the one for red velvet cheesecake you’ve been trying to coax out of your sister-in-law for years? She serves it every Christmas Eve, but so far her lips are sealed.

These are the types of food traditions that inspire You Be Sweet—a celebration of Southern dessert recipes and the people who cherish them. In this compilation of stories and sweet treats, Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson peek in on those occasions special enough to demand something decadent, and memorable enough to be repeated time and again. You’ll find the strawberry jam bars that always make an appearance at the neighborhood picnic. The German chocolate cake roll that pulls in the big bucks at the charity bake sale? That’s here too. The blackberry jelly recipe that has graced Mason jars all over the South for decades? It’s here, and it’s just about the best hostess gift you can offer up. Be sweet? You won’t be able to help it!


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Aug. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401601731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401601737
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,525,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patsy Caldwell has been a culinary professional for more than fifty years in a career that has included teaching, catering, cooking, and writing.  She is a mother of two and grandmother of two.  She lives in Charlotte, Tennessee next to the water tower with her husband Bill where they enjoy entertaining anywhere from two to twenty two people depending on the occasion. 



Amy Lyles Wilson is a writer with more than twenty-five years of editorial experience, including coauthoring Cooking with Friends and appearing on National Public Radio’s This I Believe.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Recipes for a Novice Nov. 20 2012
By Karen in Mommyland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have an eleven year old daughter who is very interested in learning to bake, so when she saw that I could review a southern style dessert cookbook she was pretty excited. I decided that I'd make her day and I requested a digital copy of You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time to read on my iPad.

Ordinarily when I download an ebook, I don't have any issues with the entire book showing up in my Kindle app, which is my preferred method of reading ebooks. However, with You Be Sweet, I found that the pictures of the recipes didn't show up at all, which I found odd. Suspecting that something wasn't right I was able to obtain a different e-version of this book that I was able to read in iBooks. With iBooks, I am able to see the photographs of featured recipes. I found it really odd that you can't see the pictures in the Kindle app (and I even tried it on our Kindle touch and no pictures showed up there, either) but you can see them in another e-verison of the book.

You Be Sweet is essentially a cookbook with stories of southern entertaining. The stories are interesting, but my daughter and I were primarily interested in the recipes. Many of the recipes in this cook book are simple enough that my eleven year old was able to whip them up on her own. I do wish that all of the recipes had a picture of how the finished product should look. I'm more likely to try a new recipe if I can see what it is supposed to look like before I attempt it. So lack of pictures is the biggest drawback of this book as far as I'm concerned.

There are plenty of yummy sounding recipes in this book. After paging through this book for a few hours my eleven year old had found several desserts that she wanted to attempt. Frozen Hot Chocolate was tops on her list. She managed to toss it together in a short amount of time and everyone liked this very rich drink.

If you're looking for a dessert recipe book with some unique ideas that are sure to have coming back for seconds, you might want to give this book a whirl.

I was provided with a free e-version of this book by Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. You can take a peek inside You Be Sweet by visiting the product page at Amazon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful read, and awesome recipes! July 10 2013
By Barbara Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Disclosure: I was given the e-book by BookSneeze in order to facilitate my review, and the opinions expressed are my own. Seriously, honest is everything!
From the moment I started reading this book, I not only read recipes, but saw photographs of the desserts in some of the recipes! But that's not all! There were quaint stories where you were able to read about people in the town, and you came away from the story knowing quite a bit about them, such as Aunt Carlisle, Rosemary and her daughter Georgia (a chapter had to do with Rosemary teaching Georgia how to bake at the retirement home that Rosemary lived at), and the very single Reverend Daniel Boydston moving to Luckettville to have a parish at All Souls Chapel. With each chapter you have incredibly interesting stories about people, the desserts made in the story and then more, and the pictures of the desserts. Two of the dessert recipes that stand out in my mind at the moment are the red velvet cheesecake (maybe it's because I'd never heard of it till I read the book!) and the Peach-Coconut Upside-Down Cake! It's not just baked goods, there's also punch, Popsicles, jam, peach tea, dips, buckeyes, and fondues! "You be sweet" was what Patsy Caldwell heard from her mother Irene Foster when she was growing up, and the phrase was in the introduction for the book as well as the focus of the book. It was a delightful read of about 360 pages, and contained a contents section and an index in the back.
Yes, I recommend it, I loved it! Will I make some of the desserts? Probably, though I'm watching my sugar intake nowadays. many of the recipes can be made for baby showers, gatherings, BBQ, and really anytime you feel like it!!

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