Sweet Carolina: Favorite Desserts and Candies from the Old North State

Sweet Carolina: Favorite Desserts and Candies from the Old North State

by Foy Allen Edelman
     
 

Crisscrossing her home state of North Carolina over the course of six tasty years, Foy Allen Edelman visited families in their own kitchens and communities and discovered a treasure trove of delicacies. Sweet Carolina offers the recipes for more than 220 of these confections, along with their cooks' equally flavorful reminiscences, tips, and instructions for

Overview

Crisscrossing her home state of North Carolina over the course of six tasty years, Foy Allen Edelman visited families in their own kitchens and communities and discovered a treasure trove of delicacies. Sweet Carolina offers the recipes for more than 220 of these confections, along with their cooks' equally flavorful reminiscences, tips, and instructions for successfully creating desserts and candies that are bound to become favorites all over again in the Old North State and beyond.

From easy apple dumplings, black walnut pound cake, Cherokee persimmon cake, and Miss Peach's sweet potato pie to lemon squares, coconut melt-away cookies, buttermilk pie, vanilla ice cream (or try the peach), old-fashioned butter mints, and five-minute fudge, this cookbook features many desserts as familiar as old friends—and some new and surprising delights, like the lazy day sonker (a deep dish pastry served with flavors such as peach, cherry, or sweet potato). As many of the contributing cooks point out, the use of seasonal and local ingredients is prized in these wide-ranging and mouth-watering recipes.

An invitation for home cooks of all levels of experience to get into the kitchen, this cookbook will satisfy more than the sweet tooth. From the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast, Sweet Carolina preserves a significant record of North Carolina and southern culinary traditions.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Recipes are arranged by type, (cakes, cookies, pies, candies) not by county, which is a mercy. . . . Every recipe is credited and many of them are storied. . . . As much a book of oral history as it is a cookbook.—Bibliobuffet

An invitation for home cooks of all levels of experience to get into the kitchen, this cookbook will satisfy more than the sweet tooth. From the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast, Sweet Carolina preserves a significant record of North Carolina and southern culinary traditions.—The Raleigh Digest

Will go directly to any baker's heart. . . . That these recipes are gently drawn from personal stories and private kitchens makes them that much sweeter.—Appetite for Books

It is always a pleasant surprise to find a new cookbook as well written as this one. . . . Recipes will appeal to both the novice and the seasoned home cook. . . . Readers will enjoy the glimpse into the life, flavor, and culture of many southern cooks.—The Bloomsbury Review

When computer consultant Foy Allen Edelman was "downsized" in 2001, she decided to give herself a dream assignment. She began traveling around her home state of North Carolina, seeking out family recipes and food-related stories from Carolinians along the way. After years of that delightful self-indulgence, she has produced this dessert and candy recipe book, the first in a multi-book project. Sweet Carolina fulfills the promise of its title with no fewer than 220 treats including coconut melt-away cookies, buttermilk pie, five-minute fudge, lemon squares, egg custard, fruit dumplings, and much more. Can't wait for second helpings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832943
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
424,658
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
This sweet book is more than recipes. Every dish has personality beyond its taste thanks to colorful introductions by the author that include notes from the cook whose recipe it is. These extra ingredients add flavor that makes Sweet Carolina a joy to read as well as tempting to cook from.—Jane and Michael Stern, authors of 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late

Foy Edelman's book is a true labor of love that tells stories of the creativity and resourcefulness of our state's home cooks. Even native North Carolinians (like myself) will find out things they didn't know.—Debbie Moose, freelance food writer and author of four cookbooks, including Potato Salad: 65 Recipes from Classic to Cool

Meet the Author

Foy Allen Edelman is a North Carolinian who has lived in Kinston, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Information collected during her travels across the state is available on her website, www.talkingcookbook.com. She now lives in Wake County.

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