Love baking or looking to start? These books are a great option to add to your list. From home cooks to professionals, Black Southern Belles have influenced the dessert and baking industry since the beginning of the country. Whether at home, in restaurants or at church functions, no southern event or gathering is complete without a dessert in tow. Want to add a few more sweets to your dessert arsenal or just improve your current recipes? Check out these African American cookbooks for your next baking adventure!
Black Food Heritage: African American Cookbooks Desserts & Baking Edition
Sweets: Soul Food Desserts and Memories [A Baking Book]
A beautifully photographed cookbook of sugary sweet soul food desserts, influenced by the women in author Patty Pinner’s family.
Growing up in a large African-American family in a small town in Michigan, Patty Pinner spent her childhood helping the women of the house-the Queens of Soul Food-whip up the sweet treats that crowned family dinners, neighborhood gatherings, and church socials. In SWEETS, Patty shares her family’s stories, maxims, and magical desserts, many named after family members like Cud’n Daisy, Aint Sug, and My My, her beloved grandmother. Part recipe book, part family history, this sweet-as-can-be cookbook is a heartfelt tribute to women who ruled the home and the kitchen with their wisdom, hearts, and cooking.
Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories is the debut cookbook from sensational food writer, Jocelyn Delk Adams. Since founding her popular recipe blog Grandbaby Cakes in 2012, Adams has been putting fresh twists on old favorites. Adams has earned praise from critics and the adoration of bakers both young and old for her easygoing advice, rich photography, and the heartwarming memories she shares of her family’s generations-old love of baking.
Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing
For Jerrelle Guy, food has always been what has shaped her―her body, her character, her experiences and her palate. Growing up as the sensitive, slightly awkward child of three in a race-conscious space, she decided early on that she’d rather spend her time eating cookies and honey buns than taking on the weight of worldly issues. It helped her see that good food is the most powerful way to connect, understand and heal.
Inspired by this realization, each one of her recipes tells a story. Orange Peel Pound Cake brings back memories of summer days eating Florida oranges at Big Ma’s house, Rosketti cookies reimagine the treats her mother ate growing up in Guam, and Plaited Dukkah Bread parallels the braids worked into her hair as a child.
Jerrelle leads you on a sensual baking journey using the five senses, retelling and reinventing food memories while using ingredients that make her feel more in control and more connected to the world and the person she has become. Whole flours, less refined sugar and vegan alternatives make it easier to celebrate those sweet moments that made her who she is today.
Escape everyday life and get lost in the aromas, sounds, sights, textures and tastes of Black Girl Baking.
The Church Ladies Divine Desserts
A celebration of homespun dessert making collects more than two hundred recipes from church and family cookbooks for everything from chocolate cake to bread pudding.29