This expansive, generous guide to American Southern baking captures a multitude of traditions as well as the personal creativity of one of the region's most respected and popular bakers.
Cheryl Day, with her husband, Griff, co-owner of Back in the Day bakery in Savannah, Georgia, numbers among her ancestors an enslaved great, great grandmother whose handwritten recipes are part of the spirit of this book. But for every nod to the nineteenth-century, there are thoughtful contributions from Day's own modern experience as well.
Purists can opt for flaky buttermilk biscuits, hush puppies, coconut cake, and peach cobbler. But Day's imagination also presents choices along the lines of cornmeal cheese waffles, lemon coriander scones, blueberry cardamom hand pies, rye brownies with cacao nibs, and an herby sweet potato tarte tatin.
A fine demonstration that acknowledging tradition does not stifle innovation.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.