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Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta's Little Bakery That Could Hardcover – September 26, 2011
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From the Inside Flap
"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.
From the Back Cover
"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