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Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's "Little Bakery That Could" Hardcover – September 26, 2011

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"Her enduring success comes from the know-how she uses to gently update old-fashioned Southern desserts."
-Atlanta magazine

"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.

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"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."
-Frommer's

"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."
-Georgia Living

"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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455614785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455614783
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got this book at a independent bookseller in Savannah, GA a few weeks ago and just fell in love with the recipes, the chef, and the cuisine. Sweet potato cheesecake? You have got to try it - fantastic! The recipe shown on the cover with all the layers of strawberries and flat cakes is superb! We swung by Atlanta recently on a trip and went to the bakery to meet Chef Sonya and it was very much worth the trouble! She sat with us and talked about her recipes, her momma, and she was truly interested in our cooking. Highly recommend this book and if you have a chance to meet the author - do it! She is incredible!
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I first learned of Chef Sonya while reading an article in a Taste of the South magazine that featured her Lemon Cheese Cake recipe. I was sold right then because I loved Lemon Cheese Cake as a child. So, when I saw her cookbook in Barnes & Noble I knew that I had to come here to Amazon and get it. Of course, the only recipe I've made so far is....you guessed it the Lemon Cheese Cake (DELICIOUS!!!!!) but I plan on preparing a number of the other recipes as well. The recipe instructions are simplistic and the photos are Beautiful!!!! I'm sooooo glad that I came across this book but an added bonus is that her bakery is only a 20 min ride from where I live. So, I'll be able to try some of her baked goods and maybe meet her!!!!
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Recipes are so simple and easy to follow,just the way it should be done. No fancy utensils or fancy ingredients required. I LOVE the history and personal stories from Chef Sonya. Beautifully written and so heartwarming.
There are a few technical omitions, just email Chef Sonya to get corrections.
The food phtographs are AWESOME!!! It makes you want to eat the pages. As a cookbook collector this makes my top 5.
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This was a ok book I have only made a few of the recipies as most don't really make me want to make them, The recipies that I have made have turned out ok . I am just not really thrilled by this book and would not purchase it again. Kate
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By Aggie's Mom on February 22, 2012
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Although this is a nice cookbook the desserts are very basic and have been repeated in numerous books. The author's description of old Atlanta and it's history are the best part of the book. OK but nothing special.
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By realgirl on December 12, 2011
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This book has very good recipes from the lady that owns Sweet Auburn in Atlanta. My sister has borrowed the book and has tried several recipes that turned out great. Looks like I'll have to buy another one for myself.
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I love this little book. Every recipe has turned out great. My son fell in love with the cake on the cover, and now this is his favorite dessert. I love the fact that most of the recipes are easy and most call for things that you have in the refrigerator and cabinets.
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One of my favorite, favorite cookbooks! I love making desserts from this cookbook and bringing them in to work for people to sample. The cover dessert is 100% my favorite, aesthetically speaking. The artful disarray is very appealing!
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