You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time

You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time

by Patsy Caldwell, Amy Lyles Wilson
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You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lmmerrill More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun cookbook to sit down and read (which is sort of rare)! It's a compilation of stories from Southern women where cooking and stories are so connected that it just makes sense to put them together into one book. The stories are sweet and so are the recipes. Don't use this book if you're not willing to cook with a few sticks of butter and some sugar. :) As far as the recipes go, there are some recipes that I think are truly "southern" and I'm very excited to try. There are others in there that seem pretty generic and I don't know that I'm as excited to try them as others. I was pretty disappointed though that only some of the recipes had pictures. I'm definitely not as excited to try a recipe when I don't know what it will look like. Other than that it was a pretty good cookbook. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
If you love Southern cooking, especially dessert, you need to read this book! Each section starts out with a short story by Amy Wilson. The stories give a little background and create a setting in which one might serve the recipes that follow. The stories told are entertaining and help take this cook book to another level; a step above your standard cookbook with just recipes and pictures. I really wish there was more to read about the characters introduced, but since this is a cookbook and not a novel I guess I'll just take what I can get. When I opened the book to the table of contents, I was shocked at the amount of recipes this book contains. There are ten chapters and each one of the contains 15-20 recipes. I'll let you do the math, but trust me...that's a lot of recipes!!! Patsy Caldwell must have given away every secret family recipe in this book. There were only a handful of recipes that didn't appeal to me and that's just because of my taste preferences; there wasn't anything that seemed downright nasty. Here are a few of the recipes that stood out to me: Sara's Peanut Brittle, Lemon-Raspeberry Cupcakes with Lemon Icing, Homemade Caramel Candy and Old Fashioned Southern Chess Pie. One of my favorite things about this cook book is that most everything is made from scratch, there aren't too many pre-made ingredients. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. If I get a chance, I'll make sure to post some reviews about them here. Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
mysteryfanLP More than 1 year ago
Really wonderful cookbook with great recipes! Definitely written from a true baker's point of view who has a passion for preserving the family and traditional recipes.
CraftyMamaB More than 1 year ago
Lovely cookbook! I recieved the Nook version of this cookbook, and am very pleased with it. The recipes are well written and many are accompanied by stunning photographs. Each chaper of this cookbook has a story to go along with it- to me, food tastes better when there's history to it. I am a home chef, a food blogger, and amateur baker- and there are plenty of recipes here that caught my eye. There are a few southern dishes I haven't heard of- but they're described in a way that definitely makes me want to give them a try. If you have a sweet tooth and enjoy being in the kitchen, you can't go wrong with this cookbook!
BTHM More than 1 year ago
Love love love this cookbook! it's rather like being at a family get together- if you're Southern, family get togethers ALWAYS mean food- it's an inherited way that we show love! And this book showcases that love of family and food very well! The stories are endearing and true, and any Southerner will recognize different family members in the tales!  Not a Southerner? No problem, this book will immerse you and get you going! In fact, I highly recommend this book as  'primer' for Southern baking for new cooks, newlyweds, or for anyone interested in cookbook collecting! I just wish there had been more photos, as if you aren't familiar with some of the recipes, you might be concerned that they came out right, with no visual reference. The book would also be excellent for a mother-daughter cook along, making recipes from the book every weekend- it would give you a chance to share memories along the way and share handed down cooking traditions.  The book has everything we like as a family, with some new variations. it is NOT a from scratch cookbook, but uses shortcuts, like cake and pudding mixes, to get the same results, with less fuss. With our hectic schedules (and budgets), that can be a great thing! I highly recommend this book for Christmas gift giving! I urge you to get their Bless Your Hearts cookbook also and give them as a set, Bless Your Hearts! 
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laurieskillern More than 1 year ago
Call me crazy! For the life of me I can't figure out why I decided to review a dessert cookbook when I'm on a severely restrictive diet. All the pictures in "You Be Sweet" looked simply scrumptious. I really wish there had been pictures of each dish to drool over though. Along with the recipes are stories that could happen in any Southern hometown. The recipes are familiar comfort food that most Southerners have tried at one time or another. I plan on giving this book along with some completed recipes as Christmas gifts for my family and friends. I would definitely recommend this book for all those aficionado's of Southern cuisine that are looking to make a great dessert. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
VicG More than 1 year ago
Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson in their new book, “You Be Sweet” Book Two in the Cookbook series published by Thomas Nelson gives us the ability for Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time. From the inside jacket flap: You know how those Southern dessert recipes go—a cup of sugar here, a stick of butter there, eight squares of bak­ing chocolate, or a pint of the season’s juiciest fruit. That recipe for blueberry cream pie—it’s been passed around the church for so long nobody can quite remember who made it first. Or how about the one for red velvet cheesecake you’ve been trying to coax out of your sister-in-law for years? She serves it every Christmas Eve, but so far her lips are sealed. These are the types of food traditions that inspire You Be Sweet—a celebration of Southern dessert recipes and the people who cherish them. In this compilation of stories and sweet treats, Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson peek in on those occasions special enough to demand something decadent, and memorable enough to be repeated time and again. You’ll find the strawberry jam bars that always make an appearance at the neighborhood picnic. The German chocolate cake roll that pulls in the big bucks at the charity bake sale? That’s here too. The blackberry jelly recipe that has graced Mason jars all over the South for decades? It’s here, and it’s just about the best hostess gift you can offer up. Be sweet? You won’t be able to help it! “You Be Sweet” is a cookbook. But not just any kind of cookbook. In addition to the marvelous recipes there are stories, really good stories written by Amy Lyles Wilson. They are all a lot of fun however the one I seem to like best is Chapter 8, When Neighbors Give You Lemons when a neighbor brings a Lemon Cake to welcome the new arrival and the neighbor seems to already know everything about them. On top of that the recipe for the Lemon Cake is included. Everyone likes a great dessert and this is one cookbook that you will find yourself returning to over and over again. This is also a great book to give to friends and family for birthdays or Christmas presents. They will thank you for it and remember you every time they bake. I recommend this book highly! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”