Celebrating a Southern Tradition
By Jodi Rhoden
Lark Books (NC), Paperback, 9781600597893, 143pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Celebrate a sweet Southern tradition!
“As I listened to the cake ladies tell of their struggles and their joys, I found over and over that it is love, first and foremost, that motivates them, and that love is the one essential ingredient to baking beautiful and delicious cakes.”--Jodi Rhoden In the south, cake ladies are the ones with the skills and heart to bring a little sweetness to life's big moments--potlucks, christenings, weddings, funerals--and their communities treasure and depend upon them. Modern-day cake lady Jodi Rhoden shines a spotlight on this great tradition with profiles of 15 diverse southeastern women who wear the term with pride. Each profile features a bite of that woman's “life in cake,” and includes luscious photos along with at least one signature cake recipe, from classic Vanilla Almond Pound and Hummingbird cakes to Mississippi Mud Cake and Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes.
Named one of Kitchen Daily's Top Five Southern Cookbooks 2011 "A beautiful new book chock-full of cake recipes, Southern charm, and inspiring women.Y’all seriously need to check this out. The photos are beautiful and the recipes look divine. Just thumbing through the pages got me itching to preheat the oven and get baking." - Bake It Pretty "The stories and words of the cake ladies, the photographs of not just delectable desserts, but of the people and places, add a richness and depth not often found in cookbooks." - Craft Gossip