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

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New York Times best seller
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Cookbook of the Year

Fire up your oven with recipes Food & Wine calls “down-home and fabulous . . . classics with a little something extra.”

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 D
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Artisan (first published March 1st 2012)
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Julia Hysell
Aug 05, 2013 Julia Hysell rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2016 Koeeoaddi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, 2016
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.
Apr 05, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodies
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.


Jul 04, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 04, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
(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
May 27, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2015 Alexandra rated it liked it
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.
Jun 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Lacey rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
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.
PacaLipstick Gramma
Mar 09, 2015 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it it was amazing
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!
Lynn Hotalen
Aug 28, 2014 Lynn Hotalen rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Meg added it
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
Nov 04, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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Jun 04, 2012 AdultNonFiction Teton County Library rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 28, 2015 Caity rated it it was amazing
This is such a cute cookbook. Most of the recipes are sweets but the book also includes a savory chapter and a breakfast chapter that has some savory recipes, which I really appreciate.The whole set up of the cookbook is really cute and there are lots of cute and delicious looking recipes spread throughout the book. The recipes are a good mix of simple and more complex and also of classics and newer recipes.
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Jan 24, 2014 Monica **can't read fast enough** rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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 ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Ivy rated it really liked it
I first saw Cheryl on QVC and thought I would check out this book from the library. The cookbook was well laidout, with great photos. Unlike most cookbooks theater was hardly a recipe I don't want to try. I probably won't, but that's not the point. It also further instilled in me the desire to go to Savannah. I lived this cookbook, but beware you may gain five pounds just reading it!
Cathy Olliffe-Webster
Jul 29, 2014 Cathy Olliffe-Webster rated it it was amazing
The strawberry cupcakes and the banana chocolate chip cupcakes are FANTASTIC! I first bought this for my Kindle, but after I realized I was smearing the Kindle with flour and butter, I bought the hardcover copy. It is so beautiful! I own a lot of cookbooks but this is one I pull from my shelf all the time. Absolutely love it and highly recommend!
Jun 18, 2012 Rena rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Laura Beier
Dec 29, 2015 Laura Beier rated it it was amazing
Received this book as a gift from my family. I love to bake and this book is fantastic. The recipes are easy to understand and even the common items are made a little different and come out wonderfully! This book is a must have for anyone who loves to bake!
Liz Clappin
Dec 22, 2014 Liz Clappin rated it liked it
I valued it more for the fun little anecdotes it features than the recipes themselves. Most of it is fairly standard bakery fare, nothing earth shattering, I got the cook as a gift, and will certainly use it at least to try out some variations on recipes I already make.
Dec 23, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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' ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Jocelin rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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 ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Bacon jam. Need I say more? It's awesome. So were the bacon jam empanadas with the cornmeal pastry. Blueberry cassis syrup on cornmeal pancakes. Bourbon bread pudding was to die for.
Amy McDaris
Jun 17, 2014 Amy McDaris rated it really liked it
true southern sweetness!!! can't wait to get to making lots of the yummy's in this book better yet it makes me want to take a trip to savannah :)
Sheila Wakefield
Mar 10, 2014 Sheila Wakefield rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A lot of these recipes have ingredients that I don't like or don't know what they are. Plus, some of them have a lengthy list of ingredients. Thus the 4 stars. Photos are nice, The Brown Sugar Banana Bread was delicious.
Moorhead Public Library
Nov 05, 2014 Moorhead Public Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not a huge baker, but I want to make everything in this book! She's even got a recipe for marshmallows!
Jan 11, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist, cookbooks
So many excellent dessert options. No molecular gastronomy here, just well designed, craveable desserts. Must reread to try the bacon jam empanadas recipe!
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