They include a memorably simple blueberry buckle from a Vermont bed-and-breakfast; a coconut chiffon cake from an island off the coast of Virginia that has become a “destination dessert”; a never-before-revealed recipe for chocolate-dipped caramel candies, the fund-raising specialty of the women of an Episcopal church in New Mexico; and a sublime peach cobbler from a cook in the Ozarks.
Baggett has tested and retested every recipe in her home kitchen to ensure that all cooks get the same results. She has even included a chapter on easy gifts to make with children, from “bars in a jar” (a homemade brownie mix) to fancifully decorated graham-cracker holiday cottages.
Every recipe in this lavishly photographed book comes with an intriguing bite of history, a witty anecdote, or a little-known fact. Together they tell the story of America.