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Sweet & Southern: Classic Desserts with a Twist Hardcover – September 23, 2014
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“Each recipe is presented with an eye for technique and a borderline-obsessive attention to detail - a mark of his pastry chef background - plus plenty of his irresistible Mississippi charm.” –Saveur
“Sweet & Southern is a paean to the rich—sometimes all-too-rich—delights of Southern desserts…he treats us to scores of Dixie classics, he brings a light, imaginative touch to many of them. Whether he is writing about watermelon gelatin or sweet potato cake, Mr. Mims approaches his subject with kitchen know-how and contagious enthusiasm.” –Wall Street Journal
“I found every excuse to bake from this book and share with other people. So whether you’re sharing or indulging, enjoy a sweet twist on the classics.” –Appetite for Books
"Sweet and Southern is 224 pages of mouth watering Southern delights, accompanied by 100 color photographs that will practically have you wanting to eat the pages. Mr. Mims has successfully modernized many of the traditional southern desserts, tweaking them a bit to cater to modern day tastes and diets that prefer lighter and less sugary treats. I highly recommend Sweet and Southern as a lovely addition to your cook book collection. Dozens of tasty recipes grace this book and I guarantee you will spend many a happy hour baking them." -Snug Harbor Bay
“Sweet & Southern takes down-home staples such as cobblers, upside-down cake, red velvet cake and cornbread pudding updating them with fresh flavors and international influences. With a background as both a food editor and a recipe developer for publications such as Saveur, Southern Living and Every Day with Rachel Ray, Mims ably mixes precision and detailed process information with history and encouragement.” –AmericanCakeDecorating.com
“Southern desserts you should definitely be eating.” –Food & Wine Magazine
"These Southern-style layer cakes and cobblers come with a side of sass...Ben Mims...editorial side shines through in the recipe tweaks and twists..." –Huffington Post
“Sweet & Southern is a gem of a cookbook…accompanied by 100 beautiful and mouth-watering photographs. While keeping true to their southern roots, Mims adds a twist to the traditionally southern recipes - modernizing old world decadence and sweetness to fit in better with today's more sophisticated lifestyle and palate. Mims makes these recipes relatable to all of us…He also has a way of gently guiding his readers, breaking down recipes into simple steps, so that even the novice and nervous baker can follow suit. Sweet & Southern is the type of cookbook that offers something for everyone. With the holidays fast approaching this gorgeous book makes a lovely gift - Or, if you can't bear to part with it, the recipes inside will delight dinner guests and holiday guests alike and make for wonderful gifts in their own right.” –The Entertaining House
“Sweet & Southern is a lovely cookbook…Mims takes a really unique approach to Southern desserts (and non-Southern desserts) but really twisting many traditional recipes on their axes. I love perusing through the pages of this book and seeing comforting sweets through a whole different lens. I have bookmarked many recipes...I would also recommend this cookbook to anyone who loves to bake and is looking for some less traditional variations on some Southern favorites (as well as fun desserts in general).” –Mission: Food
"Sweet & Southern, feels more like a delicious afternoon in the kitchen with your best friend than a cookbook. Author Ben Mims grew up amid the classic dessert traditions of the Deep South and now he has reinvigorated these sweets with a fun, modern edge. This publication includes such picture-perfect favorites as hummingbird cake, lemon layer cake, and peanut butter pie. Mims also reinterprets traditional recipes with inventive twists…This book encourages home bakers everywhere to experiment with different flavors, combinations and preparation.” –Arlington Advocate
“In Sweet & Southern, Ben Mims has taken classic Southern desserts and added a bit of restraint and balance, scaling back sugar by a cup or two, or adding in generous pinches of salt to cut into richness. He has honored the sweet traditions that turned him into an avid baker, but adapted the cakes and pies of his childhood to modern tastes, with a recipe tester’s keen eye. These cakes and friends are not “lightened up” for any reason relating to “your middle” -- they’re just made better, and more reasonable…For novices and seasoned bakers alike, Mims has valuable advice in almost every recipe; his additions never feel superfluous…these recipes feel necessary, like we’ve been waiting years for them…You’ll walk away from the book a smarter baker, with a better understanding of technique and a few tricks in your back pocket -- such as a newfound appreciation for salt and vanilla.” –Food52
“Each chapter in this cookbook contains a list of the recipes inside it. I love being able to quickly see what recipes are in a chapter... The ingredients all looked to be fairly common and available in a typical grocery store…I like that the author encourages you to experiment with different things to make these and any other desserts your own. The cookbook contains a lot of gorgeous color photos but not all recipes have a photo. This cookbook would be perfect for anyone who enjoys baking, entertaining, and of course dessert.” –From Val’s Kitchen
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This is so much more than the basic Southern baking book. There are some standards -- biscuits and the like of course - but in addition we have: Cantaloupe Upside Down Cake, Cinnamon Chocolate Spekkuk, Peanut Butter Cup Smith Island Cake, Red Velvet Cake without the awful dye -- I will not eat those horrid bright red creations - but this one is truly beautiful and interesting, Peanut Butter Apple Tart (an apple and peanut butter is a wonderful treat that I love - so this recipe interests me), Pineapple Tarte Tatin, Pumpkin Kanafe, Banana Biscuit Dumplings in Syrup, Cardamom Eclairs and German Style Bread - are some of the standouts - but there are so many more recipes that look and sound incredible.
Chapters are broken down into Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Biscuits, Breads and Pastries, Custards and Puddings, Cookies and Confections and Frozen Treats so there is something for everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good cookbook with nice pictures to help you see the finished product. Found some interesting recipes that really seem good.Published 18 months ago by Susi
What a fantastic cookbook! Full of wonderful recipes I can't wait to dive into. Written by one of the most charming men! Pick up this book. You won't be disappointed!Published 18 months ago by ron marvin