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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.

California Farm Cookbook

California Farm Cookbook
by Kitty Morse
Pelican Books
Retail Price $26.95
Amazon Price: $22.56

Book Description: 

Here’s a sure-fire plan for successful dining. Take California’s bountiful food producers and ask for the best recipes for their favorite crops. Combine them with brilliant photos and interesting stories of the farms and their owners, and you have a masterpiece of fresh and wholesome foods. We call this recipe The California Farm Cookbook. This harvest of great foods utilizes the flavorful vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, and other specialty crops of the Golden State.

This cookbook offers refreshing ways to prepare old favorites like carrot cake, fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, cheesecake, smoked duck, barbecued oysters, and potato soup. Recipes include special adaptations and family secrets that have been passed on for generations. The dishes also feature less traditional ingredients like persimmons, tilapia, quail eggs, Brie, cherimoyas, jujubes, sturgeon, and sapotes as well.

Each recipe comes from the growers themselves, who offer serving tips and little-known histories of the farms and their crops. This book also offers a section of recipes from California’s finest chefs and a chapter devoted to foods and recipes from Baja California, Mexico. An appendix lists California farms and grocers who ship fresh to your door.


This book is a real treasure.  More than just a cookbook, this book shares the history of the farms all over California, sharing the state’s role in feeding people around the globe. The author shares stories from many different perspectives and we get a look at their rich heritage.  Included in this book are delicious recipes and fascinating photographs.  It is a real gem.

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

Eating with the Chefs

Eating with the Chefs
By Per-Anders Jorgensen
Phaidon PRess
Retail Price $59.95
Amazon Price: $42.42

Book Description: 

The award–winning food photographer and founder of the cult favorite Fool magazine invites you to pull up a chair and join the intimate family meals at some of the world’s finest restaurants, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chez Panisse, Roberta’s, wd–50, Attica, Mugaritz, Maison Pic, Noma, Osteria Francescana, St. John, and The French Laundry.Eating with the Chefs features 200 photographs by Pers–Anders Jorgensen and more than 50 home cooking recipes from restaurants handpicked for their unique staff meal traditions.The book includes appetizers and main dishes, as well as desserts. Learn to make Apple Compote with Apple Streusel Topping from The French Laundry, Brownies from Noma, the wd–50 Big Mac, Emmer Wheat Foccacia from Stone Barns, and Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto from Chez Panisse. More family–style than fine dining, these dishes utilize simple ingredients and can be easily adapted for two people, a small group, or a larger party.The book is filled with Jorgensen’s evocative photos that showcase not only the food, but candid, behind–the–scenes moments, making this as much a visual treat as it is a practical cookbook.


This is so much more than a cookbook.  While the recipes are distinctive and a taste treat, the author gives you so much more.  He gives you a taste of fine cuisine from all over the globe, not only for your palate but your eyes as well.  The food photography is incredible.  You will want to leave this on your coffee table just to treat your guests to a feast for the eyes!  Honestly, the book is really well done and I highly recommend it.

~Reviewed by  Andrea O.