Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

You Be Sweet Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time By Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson

on November 15, 2012

About the Book:

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 can purchase the book at Thomas Nelson.

My Opinion:


YUMMY!  That’s what this book is, it’s yummy wrapped in loving and endearing stories of women who have baked for years.  I often say I’m a southerner at heart – maybe part of that is my dream of having a plantation house and owning and wearing a hoop skirt (yes, I know Northern women wore them too) but there is something about the South, even though I hate the heat!  Sweet tea, use of sir and ma’am, and just the hospitality of the South and of course the accent – then there are the recipes that taste better south of the Mason Dixon line.


The stories included will warm your heart just like baking some of these treats will warm your kitchen and those around you – whether it’s a holiday or just because, these recipes will be sure to please even the most picky cook – North or South.  There are several I plan on using for our Christmas celebrations both as just a way to enjoy the season and also to bless others from my kitchen – what could be better love baked into a cookie or a pie – that can’t compete with even the best electronic gadget.  If you want a cook book that serves up something sweet and does it with a bit of humor and love then You Be Sweet needs to be on your shelf or on your e-reader.


**Disclaimer:  I was given an e-copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


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