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You Can't Judge This Book By The Cover
on 9 June 2013
I bought The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook thinking it would have a lot of personality, given the delightful cover photo. I'd also read a couple of interviews with Cheryl and Griffith Day, the authors, along with the positive reviews here on Amazon, prior to ordering it. Alas, I am sorely disappointed.
I was expecting a book with personality, not another box standard (yawn) cookery book. Unfortunately, beyond the cover and another small, appealing photo of the Days on the inside back flap, this book could have been written, designed and assembled by any number of mass production houses, specializing in such things. It's neat, tidy, professional, and soulless. With a handful of exceptions, the photos and recipes are nothing exceptional.
Oddly, there are no pictures of The Days in this book. NONE. And all the other photos are the kind of inexpensive, close-up food shots, every experienced food blogger does these days. The pictures have a bland, assembly-line feel to them. No passion. No fun. Nothing like the delightful looking couple on the cover.
If you compare the recipes with the recipes in other cookbooks you have, you likely won't find much new to inspire you. As another reviewer commented, you may recognize a number of recipes to be much like those contained in collections credited to Ina Garten.
Had I looked at "Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook" in a bookstore, I would not have purchased it. The inside doesn't reflect the plump, playful couple on the outside. I get no sense of who these lovely people are. The book fails to capture their essence. Remove the slip cover and it's one more cookery book lining the shelf of your local charity shop.
Post Script: A couple of weeks after posting this review, Paula Deen, who wrote the forward in The Day's cookbook, was dropped by Food Network for making raciest slurs. I had wondered, when reading the bland forward attributed to Deen, why the publisher thought the lead-in beneficial. If they re-print, I hope, for the Day's sake, it's omitted.