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Grandbaby Cakes Grandbaby Cakes

Product DetailsGrandbaby Cakes Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
by Jocelyn Delk Adams
Agate SurreyRetail:  $22.95
Amazon Price: 16.54

Book Description:

Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.

As a child, Adams and her family would routinely embark on the ten-hour journey from their home in Chicago to Winona, Mississippi. There, she would watch her grandmother, affectionately nicknamed Big Mama, bake and develop delicious, melt-in-your-mouth desserts. From blooming tree-picked fruit to farm-raised eggs and fresh-churned butter, Big Mama used what was readily available to invent completely original treats. Adams treasured the moments when her mother, aunt, and Big Mama would bring her into the kitchen to let her dabble in the process as a rite of passage. Big Mama’s recipes became the fabric of their family heritage. Grandbaby Cakes is Adams’s love note to her family, thanking those who came before and passing on this touching tradition with 50 brilliant cakes.

Grandbaby Cakes pairs charming stories of Big Mama’s kitchen with recipes ranging from classic standbys to exciting adventures—helpfully marked by degree of difficulty—that will inspire your own family for years to come. Adams creates sophisticated flavor combinations based on Big Mama’s gorgeous centerpiece cakes, giving each recipe something familiar mixed with something new. From pound cakes and layer cakes to sheet cakes and “baby” cakes (cupcakes and cakelettes), Grandbaby Cakes delivers fun, hip recipes perfect for any celebration.

Readers will love this cookbook for its eclectic and bold recipes steeped in equal parts warm Southern charm and fresh Midwestern flavors. Not only will home bakers be able to make staples like yellow cake and icebox cake exactly how their grandmothers did, but they’ll also be preparing impressive innovations, like the Pineapple Upside-Down Hummingbird Pound Cake and the Fig-Brown Sugar Cake. Grandbaby Cakes is a collection for both new-aged and traditional bakers, but mostly it’s for anyone who wants a fresh, modern take on classic recipes as well as cakes full of heart and soul.


This book is a real treat…pun intended!  There is just something special about this cookbook as the author shares a bit of herself, her family history, and her heart. While the recipes are unique, well thought-out and explained, and quite delicious, that is only part of this book’s charm.  The bright, colorful photographs and the family history shared draw you in and keep you reading the book even after you have finished baking.

On a more practical note, the recipes (and the finished product) were to die for!  The cookbook is organized well and is divided into six main sections:  pound cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, baby cakes, celebration cakes and seasons and holidays. Each section is filled with recipes that are simply delicious.

This cookbook is a keeper.  You will use it over and over again.

~Reviewed by Allie B.

Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery: Secrets and Stories from Brooklyn's Favorite Ice Cream Shop Ample Hills Creamery
By Jayson Stark and Tim KUrkjian
Abrams Books
Retail Price $24.95
Amazon Price: $15.78

Book Description:  Ample Hills Creamery is an ice-cream destination that attracts thousands of customers each day from near and far to Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Lines wind around the block, spurred on by the chance to try one of their unforget­table flavors, and these and countless others will be dreamed up in kitchens across the country with the help of Ample Hills Creamery. Featuring recipes for the most sought-after flavors—including Salted Crack Caramel, Ooey Gooey, and the Munchies—the book is organized by mood. Are you feeling nostalgic? Try a scoop of Black Cow Float. Or maybe you need a drink? Daddy’s Sundae, made with bourbon, will set you right. For kids and kids-at-heart, stories, activities, and hand-drawn characters appear throughout each chapter, offering games, helpful tips, and inspiration for creating new flavors. With mouthwatering photography and charming illustrations, Ample Hills Creamery is a definitive, cow-filled guide to making exceptionally delicious ice cream at home.


At last, here is a book that specializes on making your own ice cream with addictive flavors using a breakthrough method for making creamy, scoopable ice cream at home, from the owners of Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn, NY.  Ample Hills Creamery’s ice cream is not only a treat for the locals, but a destination sought out by many a weary traveler.  Filled with irresistible color photographs, this delightful cookbook contains a variety of signature flavors that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.  A friend had a social event with the best ice cream I had ever tasted.  I couldn’t believe it was homemade.  I asked where she got the recipes and she gave me the name of this book.  When I first made my own batch, I was floored! It was phenomenal and had a texture and coldness I never imagined homemade ice cream could have. I spent all night looking through the book and marveling at the complex flavor pairings and the techniques the authors employ. If you are a ice cream enthusiast or just someone with a sweet tooth, I highly recommend this book!

~Reviewed by Sarah H.