Want to know the great desserts of the South? Filled with lore and great recipes to boot, Nancie McDermott had written books for dessert lovers. Usually Bill Smith at Crook's Corner runs one of her desserts on his menu.
Southern Cakes: Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations
Taste the chocolatey goodness of Mississippi Mud or marvel at the extravagant elegance of the Lady Baltimore and there will be no doubt that Southerners know how to bake a cake. Here are 65 recipes for some of the most delicious ever. Jam cakes and jelly rolls; humble pear bread and peanut cake; whole chapters on both chocolate and coconut cakeseach moist and delicious forkful represents the spirit of the South. A Baking 101 section offers the cake basics, some finishing touches (that means frosting and lots of it!), and the how-to’s of storing each lovely concoction so that the last slice tastes as fresh and delightful as the first.
Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan
Southern Pies shares many things with Southern Cakes: the handsome and eminently cook-able format, with generous pages with a handsome finish and handy cover flaps for marking a recipe you want to try; inviting photographs of many of the pies; chapters which gather the pies into sections based on seasonal ingredients and signifigance; regional specialties; antiques and heirlooms, many of which are unfamiliar but by no means gone from the repertoire; and single subjects including custard pies, chocolate pies, and piecrusts.
Take your pick between the two- or have your cake and eat it too!