You Be Sweet Hardcover – Aug 28 2012
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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.
Writer Amy Lyles Wilson was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Wilson wrote the text for the New York Times bestselling cookbook Cooking with Friends, and her essay “The Guts to Keep Going,” about helping her mother adjust to widowhood, was featured on National Public Radio’s “This I Believe” and appears in This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies from Remarkable Men and Women (Henry Holt, 2008). Wilson holds academic degrees from Millsaps College, the University of Mississippi, and Vanderbilt University Divinity School. An affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists, she leads writing workshops on such topics as creativity, spirituality, and grief. You can find her at www.amylyleswilson.com.
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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!
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.
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!
This is one of those cookbooks that I love. Each chapter starts off with a little story, and then into the recipes. What I especially enjoyed about this book is that the recipes aren't your standard, google it and there it is recipes. These are quirky, and you can just tell that they are tried and true. I mean, who wouldn't want to eat a big slice of Caramel Pecan Chocolate Cake? Um, seconds please! I also love how they are organized. There are chapters called Honey's Sweet Tooth or The Ladies who Lunch. So if you are looking for something that fits with the occasion, you just have to find that occasion and whala, there's your recipe. I love it. I think the first thing I am going to make is the sour cream blueberry pancakes. Yum. My daughter's birthday is coming up soon and she always asks for pancakes for her birthday breakfast. Usually I turn to the box (yep, you know the one). But that's because I've never tried to make them from scratch. My mother did once, and they don't bring back fond memories. I think it's high time we make some new pancake memories.
The only down side I did see to this is that there aren't pictures of all the recipes, or at least there aren't in the digital copy that I received. But the photos that are there are so tempting that I had to close down the reader until after I had lunch. I was starting to salivate! This is one cookbook that I think I need a physical copy of. It's just beautiful, both in words, photos and recipes.
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!