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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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Fire up your oven with recipes from what Paula Deen calls one of the "must-eat-at places" in Savannah

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 tha...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Artisan (first published March 1st 2012)
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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...more
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
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...more
(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...more
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...more
Ellen Crispin
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Savannah bakery, Cheryl and Griffith Day have released the delightfully fun "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook." The Days's cookbook follows in the theme of their bakery: 50's nostalgia meets neighborhood spot, dashes of delicious recipes and all washed in their signature pastel colors. Not only does "The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" make the reader want to visit this food oasis but the cookbook is enjoyable to read! Each recipe has a little note...more
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
Lacey Stevens
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
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.
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...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...more
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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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...more
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...more
Cathy Olliffe-Webster
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!
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
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
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
Amy McDaris
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
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.
Susan Crowe
Jul 30, 2014 Susan Crowe marked it as to-read
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I got this book at the actual bakery The Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah Georgia. It was signed by the author, Griff Day. If I had known that the forward was by Paula Deen, I would not have purchased this book. But I did and it is.
If you're going to buy a bakery cookbook this is the one to buy!
My favorite stop in Savannah! Great recipes.
Oct 05, 2013 Ashley added it
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...more
Many yummy recipes I want to try!
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...more
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...more
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.


Got this from the library hoping to copy a couple of the recipes . . . liked so many had to buy the book.

Now, I just hope 1/2 of what I make turns out as good as they look ;-).
Melissa Schmidty -Schmidt
Charming, with approachable recipes. A compilation of sweets (with a chapter of savories thrown in by the author's Minnesota-n hubby). The book includes recipes for a the sweet treats typically thought to be traditionally Southern. Also recommended for a reader wanting to know what bacon jam is and how to whip up a batch, and/or explore the subtle differences between banana pudding (or 'Nana Puddin' as it is billrd) and banana cream pie (along with recipes for both).
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