Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson

About the Book:

National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’s The American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. Known for her down-home Southern charm and sass (and for successfully pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon), Francine now shares her sought-after recipes and tips in her very first baking book.
“Here are the recipes and tricks I was taught by my Great-Granny, Granny, Nana, and Mama—the women who schooled me on the ways a Southern woman keeps a kitchen—and that I learned from twenty-plus years of competing on the baking circuit. Now you can bake up award-winning pies such as Upside-Down Apple Pie, fluffy Biscuits Like Nana Made, and irresistible treats like Soda Pop Cake and Classic Southern Lemon Bars—all so good they have made the rounds with the ladies at church, the bridge clubs, supper clubs, and mom groups for generations.”
—from the Introduction

My Thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of cookbooks, and I like to cook.  I wasn't a huge fan of the reality television show, but I enjoyed watching Francine and watching her.  Unfortunately, she did not win top prize...but obviously, that wasn't what was in store for her.

The recipes sound yummy and are very easy to follow.  Many include what Francine calls her "blue ribbon tips" on making things tasty and simple in the kitchen.  But what appeals to me about this particular cookbook is the story.

Everyone has a story to tell; few get to be heard.  Because of her appearance on the show, someone took a shine to Francine's story.  Her dream of having a cookbook made up of her family recipes came true.  And a dear friend kept a promise...

...Jeff Foxworthy knew she'd get her cookbook deal one day and he promised to write the foreword.  His words and Francine's story make "Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen" worth the price of the book.

The recipes are just icing on a very inspiring and delicious cake.  My thanks to my friends at Blogging for Books for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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