Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers
Release: September 9, 2014

About the Book:
A pie champion and down-home Southern baker reveals her winning recipes for pies, cakes, cookies, and more in this proudly American baking book.

A mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson and her award-winning desserts were thrust into the national eye when she was chosen for The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Now she shares her recipes and baking tips with everyone, always staying true to her Southern roots, which means pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon, turning an apple pie upside down, using cherry pop in a cake, and always making use of seasonal fresh fruit-and plenty of cream cheese.

What I Thought:
This is definitely a cookbook for the baker in your life. Its completely centered on baking and different aspects of baking such as crusts, breads, candy, etc. I really like that it breaks everything down categorically, so if you are looking for a good crust you can try those, or you can go for a cookie as well. Even though I think that the categories are nice, I feel like some of them are a bit repetitive. For example, I don’t see why you have to have a section called “Cakes Like Granny Made” and also have “Baked Goods to Show Off”. I think that it would be more successful to categorize everything like “Pies”, “Cakes” etc. The design of this cookbook is super cute! I love the whole recipe card/country style design to this book. It really flows well with the goal of this cookbook.
The one thing I caution is paying attention to the times that it tells you to cook the recipe, and the amount of things in each recipe. I found myself very often having to cook over what the recommended cooking time was, and sometimes by 30 mins or more. So be aware that actual cooking times may vary from hers. I also found myself cutting down on a lot of what she put in, such as sugar. This lady loves to heap on the sugar, so feel free to cut the amount down when making these recipes, so you don’t end up with something that is overly sweet.

In a Nutshell:
This is a great cookbook for the southern style baker in your life. Lots of various recipes to bake and try, as well as good design. Accurateness of cooking times varies, and recipes may need to be adapted more/
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