"Her enduring success comes from the know-how she uses to gently update old-fashioned Southern desserts."
"The bakery has made Atlanta a happier place for 14 years, and with the publication of Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's "Little Bakery That Could", Chef Sonya is spreading her good-eating-gospel to kitchens throughout the world."
-A is for Atlanta online magazine
Just steps away from the Martin Luther King Center, Chef Sonya Jones proves that heritage baking is alive and well. Her famous Sweet Potato Cheesecake-with a buttermilk pound-cake crust -is a favorite of former president Bill Clinton and Food Network star Rachael Ray.
And when CNN featured Jones' Sweet Auburn Bread Company as a thriving business, despite the national economic downturn, the reporter dubbed the segment "The Little Bakery That Could."
But it is no surprise Jones has attained success. She shares her baking secrets and the traditions of African American cuisine in this collection of dulcet recipes. From Naked Hummingbird Muffins and Coconut Custard Pie to Red Velvet Layer Cake and Sweet Cream Biscuits, Jones upgrades simple Southern staples into decadent delights.
Alongside easy-to-follow instructions, photographs showcase Jones' innovative and classic creations.
Sonya Jones comes from a family of serious dessert eaters. With childhood memories of a cobbler on the countertop-no matter the time of the year-she developed an affinity for sweets at an early age. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America, Jones worked with Southern food icon Edna Lewis. She was honored in 2008 by Ebony magazine's Taste of Ebony awards as one of the nation's top black pastry chefs. Owner of the Sweet Auburn Bread Company, Jones lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
"I stopped at the Sweet Auburn Bread Company and met the owner, Sonya Jones, who once made her sweet potato cheesecake for President Clinton. On this day, she made it for me. Bill and I are two of the luckiest people in the world."
-Rachael Ray, Where
"There is one Atlanta treat that does true justice to [the] spectacular spud: Sweet Auburn Bread Company's sweet potato cheesecake. The creation of Atlanta [c]hef Sonya Jones, this sweet treat is known far and wide."
"A good sweet potato never goes out of style. No one knows this better than Atlanta chef Sonya Jones. . . . The sweet smell of tubers permeates Sonya's tiny kitchen. . . . An ever-growing clientele seeks her whole and by-the-slice pies. They also admire her eagerness to please."
"Her menu is filled with many tempting varieties. . . . Chef Sonya is gratified at the recognition her bakery has received. . . . For this Atlanta native who has been shaped by her Southern food heritage, it is a dream come true."
-Taste of the South
The recipes are awesome if followed carefully! Comes out like hers all the time. Best directions ever in my opinion!Published 14 months ago by Lilstank
Very pleased with this cookbook. Recipes are explained so that anyone would be able to follow them. You don't have to be an expert baker to enjoy this cookbook.Published 20 months ago by Sam
After visiting the Sweet Auburn Bakery, I knew I wanted more! Little did I know that the narrative was as exciting as the recipes.Published 20 months ago by Debra McKee
I was on the fence about this one for a while, but so glad I picked it up. The cake on the cover is AMAZING, and there are a few variations. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by ItzMadz
One of my favorite, favorite cookbooks! I love making desserts from this cookbook and bringing them in to work for people to sample. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by A. Lee
For me personally it's a bit too traditional, but of course the recipes are all delicious just a bit too heavy, too rich.Published on March 18, 2013 by Anna Szalay
This author has a very engaging style. The books covers most Southern dessert favorites and the instructions are clear, the ingredients readily available even up here in New... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Deborah Anthony