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The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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“Down-home and fabulous, the recipes . . . are classics with a little something extra.” —Food & Wine
“A delightful marriage of the sweet and savory . . . Cheryl and Griff honor these time-tested classics even as they infuse them with vibrant, unpredictable layers of flavor.” —Savannah Magazine
“Beautifully photographed and charmingly conversational, and full of recipes I’m dying to try.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Old-fashioned American treats with a healthy dose of Southern flair. . . . A well-rounded baking book suitable for home cooks of all levels.” —Library Journal
“Their recipes are easy, but irresistible.”
—Toronto Globe and Mail
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I bake all the time, create my own recipes and am starting a home bakery business, so it's not like this is my first rodeo. Snickerdoodles just aren't something I make a lot of, so I don't have a tried-and-true recipe on hand yet. This will not be it. I don't think I'll try anymore of these recipes. The book will probably end up in my next garage sale.
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Easy to follow recipes, although some of the US ingredients are harder to source, but a quick search on the internet led me to where to buy, or what to substitute with.
The Hummingbird Cake I baked at the weekend was the best I have ever tasted! Moist, light and delicious and the icing so so sweet. Can't wait to try all the recipes!
the back inthe day bakery cookbook is exactly as you would imagine if you had grown up in america in the 40's or 50's, however i didnt i grew up in ireland in the 80's... there unfortunatly isnt a great description of the origin or the basic of the recipies but they are easy to follow and the pictures are inspiring.
warning the recipies are in american measures which can be a challange to convert but the recipies work and if you have some americans to visit they will appriciate the effort.
Just in case you don't want to take the time to search, when the recipe calls for "8 Tbsps (1 stick)" that's equal to 1/2 a cup of butter. When it calls for "1/2 a pound (2 sticks)" that's one cup. etc etc.
Worth every penny.
I was expecting a book with personality, not another box standard (yawn) cookery book. Unfortunately, beyond the cover and another small, appealing photo of the Days on the inside back flap, this book could have been written, designed and assembled by any number of mass production houses, specializing in such things. It's neat, tidy, professional, and soulless. With a handful of exceptions, the photos and recipes are nothing exceptional.
Oddly, there are no pictures of The Days in this book. NONE. And all the other photos are the kind of inexpensive, close-up food shots, every experienced food blogger does these days. The pictures have a bland, assembly-line feel to them. No passion. No fun. Nothing like the delightful looking couple on the cover.
If you compare the recipes with the recipes in other cookbooks you have, you likely won't find much new to inspire you. As another reviewer commented, you may recognize a number of recipes to be much like those contained in collections credited to Ina Garten.
Had I looked at "Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" in a bookstore, I would not have purchased it. The inside doesn't reflect the plump, playful couple on the outside. I get no sense of who these lovely people are. The book fails to capture their essence. Remove the slip cover and it's one more cookery book lining the shelf of your local charity shop.
Post Script: A couple of weeks after posting this review, Paula Deen, who wrote the forward in The Day's cookbook, was dropped by Food Network for making raciest slurs. I had wondered, when reading the bland forward attributed to Deen, why the publisher thought the lead-in beneficial. If they re-print, I hope, for the Day's sake, it's omitted.
Quelques recettes salées aussi : Roasted Chicken and vegetable cobbler, Pancetta Fontina bread pudding ... etc
à noter : un tableau d'équivalences des proportions US/Europe.
Un excellent achat pour tout ceux qui aiment changer leurs horizons culinaires et sont nostalgique de la cuisine "old school"!