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Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day “bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever.” To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book fil Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day “bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever.” To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers’ favorite recipes. It’s packed with Cheryl and Griff’s baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S’more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. Irresistible full-color photographs of food and behind-the-scenes bakery shots will give readers a glimpse into the sweet daily life at the bakeshop. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.


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Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day “bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever.” To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book fil Nationally recognized and locally adored for its decadent homespun desserts and delicious rustic breads, Back in the Day Bakery is a Savannah landmark. As Paula Deen says in her foreword, Cheryl and Griff Day “bake decadent treats, but they also bake wonderful memories that stay with you forever.” To celebrate the bakery’s tenth anniversary, this duo has written a book filled with customers’ favorite recipes. It’s packed with Cheryl and Griff’s baking know-how plus recipes for their famous Buttermilk Biscones, Old-Fashioned Cupcakes, Chocolate Bread, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, S’more Pie, Almond Crunchies, Drunk Blondies, Pinkies Chocolate Lunch-Box Treats, Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds, and much more. Irresistible full-color photographs of food and behind-the-scenes bakery shots will give readers a glimpse into the sweet daily life at the bakeshop. Celebrating family traditions, scratch baking, and quality ingredients, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is like a down-home bake sale in a book.

30 review for The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes From the Best Little Bakery In the South

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia Hysell

    I discovered this book sitting on the New bookshelf. The photo of Cheryl and Griffith Day in their bakery, called Back in the Day Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, on the cover drew me in - big smiles and lots of character, not to mention some old timey charm. I loved it already! Then, I delved into the book, and what fun and functional recipes I found inside. (The photos are lovely and charming as well.) Before those, however, you find some super-useful sections, like "The Method to the Magic," whic I discovered this book sitting on the New bookshelf. The photo of Cheryl and Griffith Day in their bakery, called Back in the Day Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, on the cover drew me in - big smiles and lots of character, not to mention some old timey charm. I loved it already! Then, I delved into the book, and what fun and functional recipes I found inside. (The photos are lovely and charming as well.) Before those, however, you find some super-useful sections, like "The Method to the Magic," which explains in plain and simple prose why such things as ingredient temperature, mis en place, understanding the function of each ingredient in a recipe, and (this one has my name all over it) reading the recipe all-the-way-through are so important to successful cooking. A breath of fresh air - and great reminders. Other sections, like "A Peek Inside Our Spice Cabinet," function as honest-to-goodness helpful primers. Then, you get to the good stuff: Recipes! Chapters range from "Breakfast" to "Puddings and Custards" to "Brownies and Bars" to "Savories." I made copies of the recipes I must try - Rustic Peach-Blueberry Tart, Ginger Cake Squares, and Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, for example. I cannot wait to try them out! Bakers: Find this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    Some of my FAVORITE recipes by my favorite baker, from my days in Savannah, GA. Cheryl is the real deal, and this is such a beautiful book- great, easy to read recipes, gorgoeous photos, and stories from her past and the shop. This bakery not only has the yummiest treats in town (that I'm so happy I can attempt to make at home now), but it is a adorable and a must-stop-in for any foodie stopping in Savannah. HIGHLY recommend you picking up this amazing cook book! Mine was a birthday gift, with a Some of my FAVORITE recipes by my favorite baker, from my days in Savannah, GA. Cheryl is the real deal, and this is such a beautiful book- great, easy to read recipes, gorgoeous photos, and stories from her past and the shop. This bakery not only has the yummiest treats in town (that I'm so happy I can attempt to make at home now), but it is a adorable and a must-stop-in for any foodie stopping in Savannah. HIGHLY recommend you picking up this amazing cook book! Mine was a birthday gift, with a personalized message from Cheryl herself- this is one cookbook I will treasure forever!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Koeeoaddi

    The cover alone is worth 5 stars, but the inside of the book is beautiful, too, and the recipes for peach blueberry tart and brown sugar cake cinch the deal.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Oh, yum. Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler. Herbed Tomato-Chive Tarts. Savory. Brown Sugar Fudge. Vanilla Marshmallows. Confections. Drunk Blondies. Party Favorite. Lavender Shortbread. Mexican Hot Chocolate Shortbread. OMG. Buttermilk Chess Pie. Sweet Potato Pie. Plum Tartlets. Share a slice with someone you HEART. And on top (caramel cream cheese frosting!) of it all, this book is so PRETTY. The endpapers, the fonts, and the photographs made this reader swoon. Perf.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This is a really awesome cookbook both for newbie bakers as well as seasoned bakers. I consider myself to be in the latter category, and I found this cookbook to have so many recipes I wanted to try, I did not know where to start. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbooks has more than 100 recipes from Cheryl Day and Griffith Day, owners of the Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA. The bakery was founded in 2002, and I sincerely hope to visit it some day. The book features a Foreword by Paula Deen, a This is a really awesome cookbook both for newbie bakers as well as seasoned bakers. I consider myself to be in the latter category, and I found this cookbook to have so many recipes I wanted to try, I did not know where to start. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbooks has more than 100 recipes from Cheryl Day and Griffith Day, owners of the Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, GA. The bakery was founded in 2002, and I sincerely hope to visit it some day. The book features a Foreword by Paula Deen, an Introduction, The Method to the Magic (info on the science and operational details of baking), The Baker's Tool Kit (suggested tools every baker should have/what Cheryl and Griff can't live without), and A Peek Inside Our Spice Cabinet (a listing of the spices used in the cookbook's recipes.) Then the book is divided into 9 chapters: Breakfast; Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads, and Sweet Yeast Breads; Cupcakes and Cakes; Pies, Cobblers, Crisps, and Tarts; Puddings and Custards; Cookies; Brownies and Bars; Confections; Savories. The book finishes with a Resources section, Acknowledgments, and an Index. The book is nicely complemented with photos of many of the recipes (just about every other recipe or so includes a photo.) Many of these photos make the recipes look oh so tempting, especially the ones for the S'more Pie, Coconut Cake, and Cinnamon Sticky Buns. So far, my favorite chapter is probably the Breakfast chapter, because I really enjoy making breakfast treats. I've made the Blueberry Muffins and Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins and can't wait to try more recipes; this chapter also includes recipes for Baked Eggs, Homemade Jam, Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes, and Hot Chocolate Mix. In the other chapters, I've also made Pecan-Chocolate-Espresso Coffee Cake, and Cinnamon-Sour Cream Coffee Cake. I've only had the book for a few weeks, and it's already getting a good workout. I consider it to be a very valuable addition to my ever-growing cookbook collection, and I really look forward to trying more recipes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    (ARC copy generously provided by NetGalley) It's the beginning of September here in Ohio and temps are in the mid-80s. Regardless, after reading this cookbook I'm itching to bake something. Anything. So long as it's from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. My maternal grandparents were from the south (West Virginia and North Carolina) and while Granny didn't do a lot of baking by the time I came around - her health wasn't great - I hear her echoed throughout the pages of this cookbook. I understa (ARC copy generously provided by NetGalley) It's the beginning of September here in Ohio and temps are in the mid-80s. Regardless, after reading this cookbook I'm itching to bake something. Anything. So long as it's from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. My maternal grandparents were from the south (West Virginia and North Carolina) and while Granny didn't do a lot of baking by the time I came around - her health wasn't great - I hear her echoed throughout the pages of this cookbook. I understand that before I was born she often made doughnut muffins, little baked yummies that were dipped in melted butter and then rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Happily, I found an identical recipe here (Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins). And I found a load of other goodies, too: pies, cakes, cookies, breads (both quick and yeast) confections (brittle, marshmallows, butter mints), and some savory baked goods, including a vegetable pot pie that will require only a tiny bit of tweaking to make it perfect for this vegetarian. I love shortbread, and there are two recipes to be found here - Lavender Shortbread and Mexican Hot Chocolate Shortbread - that I can't wait to try. And I as soon as the weather turns cold I'm whipping up some of the Rustic Cheddar Pecan Rounds for eating with a nice warm bowl of chili. I'm pretty sure that this Thanksgiving I'll take a Sweet Potato Pie to my boyfriend's mom's house for Thanksgiving, too. There are lots of accompanying photos (it's always a bummer when a cookbook doesn't include enough photos!) and the food all looks amazing. The serving ideas are sometimes elegant, sometimes whimsical (Summer Fruit Trifle served in a canning jar is one idea I love), with vintage pieces features prominently. Overall, The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is warm and inviting, just as I'm sure the bakery is itself. Now, if the weather would just cool down a bit here in Ohio so I can get to baking!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The photographs alone make this cookbook worthwhile. I love cookbooks that take me back to old kitchens with tried and true recipes - with the smells and tastes of grandma’s house and the simplicity of easier times. For the most part, they are easy recipes. Occasionally you will run into an ingredient that is not readily available on your standard grocery shelf, but if you are determined to take it on, the Day’s have included a resource page. I can personally swear by the Sunny Lemon Bars even if The photographs alone make this cookbook worthwhile. I love cookbooks that take me back to old kitchens with tried and true recipes - with the smells and tastes of grandma’s house and the simplicity of easier times. For the most part, they are easy recipes. Occasionally you will run into an ingredient that is not readily available on your standard grocery shelf, but if you are determined to take it on, the Day’s have included a resource page. I can personally swear by the Sunny Lemon Bars even if I had let someone else read the directions and added the lemon peel. That is what experimenting in the kitchen is all about. Fun times in the kitchen and a delicious treat at the end. With recipes from their Savannah, Georgia bakery, the book is divided into multiple sections – Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Bars, Savories, etc. so if you are looking for a specific type of treat you can easily find it. The authors have also included “Sweet Notes” that will enhance your understanding of specific ingredients. This will be a go to book for special desserts that will bring smiles to the faces of all that are lucky enough to be sitting around your table.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I've never been to this bakery (though I'm very familiar with the Low Country), so maybe that would change my opinion of this book. There isn't anything wrong here, but there's nothing incredible either. The recipes are sound, but there's very few things that are radical or new. I was put off by the Paula Deen forward (not a fan of her or her cooking); I also felt that the recipes went a little heavy on the butter/sugar. Not that I'd expect a bakery cookbook to be low-cal, but I thought in some I've never been to this bakery (though I'm very familiar with the Low Country), so maybe that would change my opinion of this book. There isn't anything wrong here, but there's nothing incredible either. The recipes are sound, but there's very few things that are radical or new. I was put off by the Paula Deen forward (not a fan of her or her cooking); I also felt that the recipes went a little heavy on the butter/sugar. Not that I'd expect a bakery cookbook to be low-cal, but I thought in some cases it would yield things that were too rich. The chocolate bread recipe is great, and some of the savory recipes are good ideas too. If you're a fan of the bakery, then this is for you. If not, then I'd recommend skipping this.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    What a gem of a cookbook!! All of the recipes I've tried from this book have come out really well. Although some of the ingredients are a bit hard to find for some recipes, I've used small substitutions (substituting currents with blueberries). Make sure to follow Cheryl's tips- they really DO make a difference: some recipes call for all ingredients to be at room temperature or for you to transfer mix between several bowls. Don't be intimidated, though! Directions are easy to follow for a novice What a gem of a cookbook!! All of the recipes I've tried from this book have come out really well. Although some of the ingredients are a bit hard to find for some recipes, I've used small substitutions (substituting currents with blueberries). Make sure to follow Cheryl's tips- they really DO make a difference: some recipes call for all ingredients to be at room temperature or for you to transfer mix between several bowls. Don't be intimidated, though! Directions are easy to follow for a novice baker and you'll be surprised at how well they turn out- the sea salt chocolate chip cookies are always a hit in my office!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I thought I would like this more than I did because it's all about baked goods and has a retro feel. But I didn't find any recipes that really stood out. I feel like a lot of the recipes I have seen before and nothing really makes them different or special. I'm sure they're delicious. But maybe because I haven't been to this bakery I don't fully appreciate this cookbook. I did enjoy the writing within the book though. And I plan on making the buttermilk chess pie at some point.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    You wouldn't expect it from a bakery with a name that suggests tradition-steeped food, but the recipes in this book are surprisingly innovative. I love the multitude of pictures, and how can you resist a cookbook where the owners are carrying cookies and holding hands? You can't. Made the pecan chocolate espresso coffee cake in Aug 2015. Super moist cake, with plenty of chocolate and a delicious streusel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    PacaLipstick Gramma

    This was such a good cookbook. I loved the old fashioned recipes, and intend to add it to my library (instead of getting it from the library). For those wanting to get back to "real" baking ~ this is a good choice!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It’s commonly said that while cooking is an art, baking is a science. To me, that evokes pictures of white-coat, tyrannical chefs weighing out every speck of flour and spooning out the quarter-teaspoon of sugar that pushes the tare that milligram over the “appropriate” amount. That is no way to fall in love with the glorious art of the kitchen and really enjoy the time you spend baking treats for your loved ones. Thankfully, Cheryl and Griffith Day share the same happy, hearty approach to bakin It’s commonly said that while cooking is an art, baking is a science. To me, that evokes pictures of white-coat, tyrannical chefs weighing out every speck of flour and spooning out the quarter-teaspoon of sugar that pushes the tare that milligram over the “appropriate” amount. That is no way to fall in love with the glorious art of the kitchen and really enjoy the time you spend baking treats for your loved ones. Thankfully, Cheryl and Griffith Day share the same happy, hearty approach to baking, and together they opened the Back in the Day Bakery – “the best little bakery in the South” – in 2002. Ten years later, the couple penned the bakery’s cookbook and won over the stomachs and hearts of those who knew the establishment as well as Back in the Day newbies. The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is very much attuned to the “down home” comfort food we all know and love. At the same time, the Days have upped the ante on many recipes, bringing new and delightful twists on tradition. With chapters devoted to Breakfast; Coffee Cakes, Quick Breads and Sweet Yeast Breads; Cupcakes and Cakes; Pies, Cobblers, Crisps, and Tarts; Puddings and Custards; Cookies; Brownies and Bars; Confections; and Savouries, there is something to love for every age and disposition. The introductory section of this book is dedicated to the historical story of the Days and the Bakery and is beautifully written – a theme that continues throughout the remaining pages. Every portion of Back in the Day flows in a way that feels like Cheryl or Griffith is speaking with you in casual conversation, the passion they have for their craft silently infusing itself into the reader. The commentary is not excessive, but is enough to drive home the “small town” feel of the Bakery and make the reader feel comfortable. The first section also includes a list of the key tools for any baker and the spices the Bakery values in their work, but the most critical (and interesting) portion of the first 10 pages is The Method to the Magic (p. 5). This six-part segment details the areas to pay careful attention to when preparing to bake in order to achieve consistent success. These tips range from the common sense (read the recipe through before starting, make sure you understand it, and take out all the ingredients) to the scientific (why and when eggs are needed, leaveners and ingredient temperatures) to the “hidden tricks” the Days have found helpful in practice (like moving the batter from the mixing bowl to another bowl). While not in the introduction, Back in the Day also has a section of ingredient and supply Resources (p. 249) that is a welcome boon for those in small communities or who are loath to shop around in person. Readers will note that there is a lot of instruction involved with Back in the Day. This is not to say the book coddles the would-be baker – while there are simpler recipes (like Chocolate Chip Cookies (p. 172) and Blackberry Cobbler (p. 121)), the recipes in the Confections chapter (p. 207), as well as the infamous Salted Caramel Apple Pie (p. 118) involve candy-making techniques and require a candy thermometer. Secondary recipes and hints (called “Sweet Notes”) pepper the pages, from making simple syrup (p. 87) to colouring sprinkles (p. 67), and recipe-specific tips are included where relevant. There is even a page dedicated to ideas for packaging the treats as gifts (p. 186), many of which I plan to use for the holidays. Of course, a cookbook is nothing without good, solid recipes to stand behind – and Back in the Day delivers in this respect as well. While the majority of the book is at home in the sweet kitchen, there is a chapter dedicated to Savouries (p. 223) as well as a few saltier inclusions in with the Breakfasts (p. 13). I fell in love with the Brown Sugar Tomato Jam (p. 238), especially after adding a dash of ancho chili powder. It took perfectly to canning in small jars for Christmas stocking stuffers, and I saved a small pot of it to top extra-old cheddar and walnut gougères. On the sweeter side of things, the PB & J Bars (p. 195) were a huge hit both as written and in a smaller, veganized batch that I made with oat flour, ground chia seeds, flaked almonds and crab apple jelly. Of all the recipes I tried in Back in the Day, the crowning glory was by far Cheryl’s Brownies (p. 190). These rich, fudgey-cakey bars deserve a special mention not only because they were simple to prepare and easy to modify (expample: I left out the nuts for our plain-Jane brownie family), but because they garnered the approval of my most discerning taste-tester: my supertaster sister. Not only did these get a thumbs-up, but the empty pan returned with her on her first weekend home from university with a note signed by all her housemates requesting “more, please!”. Considering that requests for a remake of anything not originating from a package mix are as common as an ostrich in full flight, this book would be worth a buy for that recipe alone. The Creole Brownies (p. 193) are another stellar chocolate option, perfect for the bittersweet connoisseur, the base a dense block of baked cookie-cake peppered with cacao nibs layered with a decadent coffee-laced ganache. While I haven’t had time quite yet, the Brown Sugar Banana Bread (p. 45) and the aforementioned Salted Caramel Apple Pie are definitely on my must-make roster. If you love the experience of bringing a comforting, decadent bakery experience to your home kitchen (and reading the tale of two determined bakers who could), you’ll adore The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. From charming stories to handy hints and sinfully delightful goodies, the pages are packed with feasts for the eyes and stomach.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I ended up buying this at the bookstore after renewing a copy several times from the library. The recipes are great classics like: brown sugar banana bread, blueberry buckle, coconut crème pie, chocolate chip cookies, etc. All from scratch and all the recipes are illustrated beautifully and explained in a way that you can understand and replicate at home. This is great for just wanting really good recipes for loved bakery items that make wonderful comfort foods and take-alongs for work or partie I ended up buying this at the bookstore after renewing a copy several times from the library. The recipes are great classics like: brown sugar banana bread, blueberry buckle, coconut crème pie, chocolate chip cookies, etc. All from scratch and all the recipes are illustrated beautifully and explained in a way that you can understand and replicate at home. This is great for just wanting really good recipes for loved bakery items that make wonderful comfort foods and take-alongs for work or parties. Recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I loved the forward and the beginning that Cheryl wrote. The recipes all look amazing, but the ones I tried just did not turn out well for me... Not saying there's a problem with the recipes at all though. I'm sure a better baker than me can make all the amazing treats just perfectly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    3 stars - Ms. Jenn

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I gained 10 pounds reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    so many recipes i want to try ! a definite favourite and go to book .

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I borrowed this book and now I think I need to own it! The bacon jam and sunny lemon bars alone are worth a look. Yum! Easy to follow recipes, gorgeous pictures and sweet background stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristal

    Good recipes, but not the true Southern ones I thought would be in a book by a bakery from the South.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AdultNonFiction Teton County Library

    TCL Call #: 641.86 Day C Julia - 4 stars I discovered this book sitting on the New bookshelf. The photo of Cheryl and Griffith Day in their bakery, called Back in the Day Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, on the cover drew me in - big smiles and lots of character, not to mention some old timey charm. I loved it already! Then, I delved into the book, and what fun and function recipes I found inside. (The photos are lovely and charming as well.) Before those, however, we some super-useful sections, like TCL Call #: 641.86 Day C Julia - 4 stars I discovered this book sitting on the New bookshelf. The photo of Cheryl and Griffith Day in their bakery, called Back in the Day Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, on the cover drew me in - big smiles and lots of character, not to mention some old timey charm. I loved it already! Then, I delved into the book, and what fun and function recipes I found inside. (The photos are lovely and charming as well.) Before those, however, we some super-useful sections, like "The Method to the Magic," which explains in plain and simple prose why such things as ingredient temperature, mis en place, understanding the function of each ingredient in a recipe, and (this one has my name all over it) reading the recipe all-the-way-through are so important to successful cooking. A breath of fresh air - and great reminders. Other sections, like "A Peek Inside Our Spice Cabinet," function as honest-to-goodness helpful primers. Then, you get to the good stuff: Recipes! Chapters range from "Breakfast" to "Puddings and Custards" to "Brownies and Bars" to "Savories." I made copies of the recipes I must try - Rustic Peach-Blueberry Tart, Ginger Cake Squares, and Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, for example. I cannot wait to try them out! Bakers: Find this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    Let me just say that I love this cookbook. I'm a southern girl with a sweet tooth. American by birth and Southern by the grace of God. Yeah, I said it... Anyway like I was saying, as a southerner with a sweet tooth this book hits the spot. This book is full of recipes for old fashioned treats; homemade cakes, frostings, pies, puddings,breads, and much more abound within. Don't worry, you definitely don't have to be from the south to appreciate these wonderful goodies! My family has loved everyth Let me just say that I love this cookbook. I'm a southern girl with a sweet tooth. American by birth and Southern by the grace of God. Yeah, I said it... Anyway like I was saying, as a southerner with a sweet tooth this book hits the spot. This book is full of recipes for old fashioned treats; homemade cakes, frostings, pies, puddings,breads, and much more abound within. Don't worry, you definitely don't have to be from the south to appreciate these wonderful goodies! My family has loved everything that I have made from this cookbook. The recipes are easy to follow and so far there has not been one recipe that I have had to go and search for a special ingredient before I could even try it. One of my goals for this blog is to find a cookbook that I will make my way through and make every single recipe and this one is definitely a contender. www.theblissfulplate.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    As someone fortunate enough to have lived in Savannah and been an infrequent regular at the Bakery, I was thrilled to find out a cookbook from the Days was coming out. I have yet to bake from the book yet, but I can vouch that if the recipes faithfully reproduce their wares from the shop, they'll be fantastic. My only disappointment was finding out the cookbook doesn't contain information on their staple sandwich items which, in my opinion, give even the cupcakes a run for their money! And that' As someone fortunate enough to have lived in Savannah and been an infrequent regular at the Bakery, I was thrilled to find out a cookbook from the Days was coming out. I have yet to bake from the book yet, but I can vouch that if the recipes faithfully reproduce their wares from the shop, they'll be fantastic. My only disappointment was finding out the cookbook doesn't contain information on their staple sandwich items which, in my opinion, give even the cupcakes a run for their money! And that's saying a lot. The cookbook captures Savannah's quirky-yet-genteel charm perfectly. Needless to say, after reading the book this weekend I'm now craving a visit back to Savannah (that will most certainly include a meal at Back In The Day Bakery)!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rena

    Great cookbook. I tried the Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting and nearly lost an arm when handing them out to family, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Everyone loved them, myself included. This wasn't even the recipe that I was going to try first,but I had just picked some strawberries, and thought-why not? I can't wait to try out the Applewood bacon and cheddar Biscones, Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, the Blueberry Buckle, the Peach Cobbler Muffins, you know I just can't Great cookbook. I tried the Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Frosting and nearly lost an arm when handing them out to family, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Everyone loved them, myself included. This wasn't even the recipe that I was going to try first,but I had just picked some strawberries, and thought-why not? I can't wait to try out the Applewood bacon and cheddar Biscones, Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs, the Blueberry Buckle, the Peach Cobbler Muffins, you know I just can't wait to try out most of these recipes. I have A LOT of cookbooks, and this will most likely be the most used, in frequency and number of recipes. The only thing that disappoints me is that I was just in Savannah and did not know about this bakery because I would have stopped in for sure.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jocelin

    The recipes in this cookbook looked absolutely mouth-watering. I really liked the introduction that Paula Deen wrote; it was really nice. I first saw this cooking duo on the Martha Stewart Show. They seemed really quirky and fun. The recipes in this cookbook seem really traditional. The first recipe was one for Buttermilk Biscones. They looked like a combination between a biscuit and a scone. Some people think; is there a difference between a biscuit and a scone? Yes there is, biscuits can be an The recipes in this cookbook looked absolutely mouth-watering. I really liked the introduction that Paula Deen wrote; it was really nice. I first saw this cooking duo on the Martha Stewart Show. They seemed really quirky and fun. The recipes in this cookbook seem really traditional. The first recipe was one for Buttermilk Biscones. They looked like a combination between a biscuit and a scone. Some people think; is there a difference between a biscuit and a scone? Yes there is, biscuits can be and should be a lot fluffier and melt in your mouth; while scones have more of a denser texture. I am sure that the rest of the recipes are just as yummy. Really enjoyed looking through this cookbook. A new gem.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hotalen

    Reading this little cookbook is like walking into the Savannah bakery itself. You can almost smell the aroma of spices, buttercream and fresh baked bread. It is full of delightful memories from Cheryl and Griffin Day's grandmothers' kitchens where they learned their secrets and fell in love with baking. I also felt like I was walking through a delightful vintage flea market filled with pastel cake tins, cotton aprons and china teacups. It awakened my own memories of my grandmothers and their app Reading this little cookbook is like walking into the Savannah bakery itself. You can almost smell the aroma of spices, buttercream and fresh baked bread. It is full of delightful memories from Cheryl and Griffin Day's grandmothers' kitchens where they learned their secrets and fell in love with baking. I also felt like I was walking through a delightful vintage flea market filled with pastel cake tins, cotton aprons and china teacups. It awakened my own memories of my grandmothers and their apple tarts, lemon meringue pie and homemade bread and the time I spent helping in their kitchens. I bookmarked so many pages and I WILL master their flaky pie crust, Southern corn cakes, and sweet potato cupcakes. We must take a trip to Savannah to visit their little bakery!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Happy to own a cookbook featuring southern-style American cooking, as that's something that's been sadly lacking from my collection so far. I'm yet to try anything from the very tempting collection, but am looking forward to doing so - admittedly, I am a bit put off that no weights, in ounces or grams, are given. An imperial to metric volume cheat sheet is included in the UK edition of the book, but since I bake by weight, it is sadly not incredibly useful. Ah well; I shall be printing out a vol Happy to own a cookbook featuring southern-style American cooking, as that's something that's been sadly lacking from my collection so far. I'm yet to try anything from the very tempting collection, but am looking forward to doing so - admittedly, I am a bit put off that no weights, in ounces or grams, are given. An imperial to metric volume cheat sheet is included in the UK edition of the book, but since I bake by weight, it is sadly not incredibly useful. Ah well; I shall be printing out a volume to weight cheat sheet to keep nearby.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mikel

    This is probably a great cookbook for many people however, there were certain things that turned me off. If you love taste of coffee in your chocolate cake, cookies, etc. then this is the book for you. It's not for me. There is also a lot of cardamom used throughout this book, a spice I feel pretty indifferent about. I understand this is a bakery cookbook so repeating and/or very similar recipes makes for a more efficient business but not a diverse cookbook. There are some good recipes that I di This is probably a great cookbook for many people however, there were certain things that turned me off. If you love taste of coffee in your chocolate cake, cookies, etc. then this is the book for you. It's not for me. There is also a lot of cardamom used throughout this book, a spice I feel pretty indifferent about. I understand this is a bakery cookbook so repeating and/or very similar recipes makes for a more efficient business but not a diverse cookbook. There are some good recipes that I did enjoy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    A friend brought the most AMAZING Lemon Squares EVER to a special gathering last year, seriously mind-blowingly-universe-alteringly good squares - and I don't even usually like Lemon pies and things!! They were perfect in taste and consistency, creamy and lemony and not too heavy or too sweet... Everyone begged her to tell where she got the recipe and she told us it was this back in the day cookbook. I am so excited to explore the rest of these recipes. However the lemon squares will forever be t A friend brought the most AMAZING Lemon Squares EVER to a special gathering last year, seriously mind-blowingly-universe-alteringly good squares - and I don't even usually like Lemon pies and things!! They were perfect in taste and consistency, creamy and lemony and not too heavy or too sweet... Everyone begged her to tell where she got the recipe and she told us it was this back in the day cookbook. I am so excited to explore the rest of these recipes. However the lemon squares will forever be the stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carole

    I really love this cookbook. It might not have low fat, low sugar, or low calorie recipes but that's what makes it so good. All the recipes I've tried have turned out well and have been very tasty. I also love how all the recipes are from scratch; for example lemon pie squares are made from eggs, condensed milk, sugar, lemon juice, etc not from lemon jello mixed with cool whip. I admit I'm a snob when it comes to making things myself, I always find it tastes better. This book is a fantastic addi I really love this cookbook. It might not have low fat, low sugar, or low calorie recipes but that's what makes it so good. All the recipes I've tried have turned out well and have been very tasty. I also love how all the recipes are from scratch; for example lemon pie squares are made from eggs, condensed milk, sugar, lemon juice, etc not from lemon jello mixed with cool whip. I admit I'm a snob when it comes to making things myself, I always find it tastes better. This book is a fantastic addition to my collection.

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