Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts (Review & Giveaway)

Recently I was invited to review the Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts cookbook.  Being from the south and home of the sweet Georgia peach, I am going to say that nobody can do desserts like we do in the south. (LOL) So I was really excited to review this cookbook. My grandmother used to love to bake and cook. She also had tons of cookbooks but her favorite most special recipes mostly came from Southern Living cookbooks and magazines.  I admit I’m not really a baker; I always leave this to other people in my family. However, as I am getting older I have started baking more. So I knew this cookbook would come in handy!

With 344 pages there is really something for everyone! I loved that every recipe had colored pictures! Many of the cookbooks I have don’t have pictures because they are all from churches or community fundraiser sales.  When I got the book the first thing that stood out was how attractive the book itself was. I also loved the tips and guide to successful baking.

I also loved that it had all my favorite recipes and even some updated versions of the ones my grandmother used to make like the Hummingbird cake that first appeared in the southern living magazine back in 1978!  The new one has less sugar and oil, fewer eggs and half the salt! I haven’t had a chance to test it out but that is going to be on my to-do list for next weekend. So make sure you check back to see and hear all about it!


 More About Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts

Home to the Georgia peach, sticky molasses, centuries of baking tradition and plenty of reasons to celebrate, the South is known for its extravagantly sweet desserts. Compiled from the more than 10,000 dessert recipes fine-tuned in the Southern Living Test Kitchens over the past 40 years, Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts is the ultimate treasury of best-ever recipes, foolproof baking advice, step-by-step techniques and gorgeous visuals. Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts (Oxmoor House, $21.95 paperback)Organized by dessert type, Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts features chapters on Luscious Layers & Other Cakes, Crunchy Cookies & Chewy Bars, Old-Fashioned Pies, Cobblers & Tarts and more.

· Over 200 of Southern Living magazine’s highest-rated dessert recipes: From the timeless Hummingbird Cake to new spins on classics like Apple-Gingerbread Cobbler

· Mouth-watering, full-color photos featuring recipes in delicious detail: Plus step-by-step photos to walk even amateur bakers through the preparation and techniques

· The stories behind the recipes: Southerners’ affinity for desserts stems from a rich history circling around the globe; this title shares the tales behind favorite treats

· Tip boxes with expert advice from Southern Living Test Kitchens Professionals: Sprinkled throughout the pages, offering the most accurate and complete steps to success

·  Recipe banners to help quickly identify types of recipes: Tagged to suit your cravings, from chocolate to kid-friendly treats

Oxmoor House, a Time Inc. company, publishes books and special edition magazines for Time Inc. brands such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, and Sunset. Oxmoor House’s client list also includes Williams-Sonoma, Weight-Watchers, and Weber.  With more than 300 back listed titles, it is recognized as one of the leading lifestyle publishers in the country. Oxmoor House books are distributed to the trade by Hachette Book Group and are available wherever books are sold. More information is available at


Southern Living (, the premier lifestyle and entertaining magazine of the South, is the fifth largest monthly consumer magazine in the U.S. (based onreadership), reaching more than 16 million readers each month and enjoying a circulation of 2.8 million. Southern Living is published by a subsidiary of Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Progress Corporation


My Final Thoughts

I love it!  I think the cookbook is totally worth $21.95. I actually see myself using this often compared to other cookbooks that I have just laying around. I even love it so much that I will be buying other Southern Cookbooks to add to my collection. Plus it’s a great gift for the true bakers in my family! So make sure you pick up your copy today!

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  1. deb c says

    I’m a cookbookaholic and I’m always baking and entertaining so this book is perfect for me

  2. maureen says

    I enjoy making desserts. I am better at that than cooking. This would give me a new spectrum of ideas to work with.

  3. Sarah Hirsch says

    i want to win this cookbook because i love making desserts but would love a wider repertoire to choose from. i bet these are delicious!

  4. Susan Ladd says

    I collect cookbooks and my daughter also, loves going through them and getting things out of them. I want to thank you for his awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!!!!!!

  5. Brn2lisn says

    There are no other comfort foods than those that are created with recipes from the South. Just love Southern cooking

  6. Bettye Short says

    This southern living classic southern dessert cookbook is a great cookbook to have and own. The desserts are suppose to be in the South.

  7. deana c says

    I would love to win because I collect cookbooks and this would fit in my collection perfectly as I need more southern cookbooks.

  8. Ericka says

    I would love to win this because I love to bake and could use some new ideas for the kids and I

  9. Jennifer B. says

    I didn’t grow up in the south, but now I live in Tennessee and married a man who grew up in the country. I need to learn to make these recipes.

  10. holly says

    i am pretty much obsessed with experimenting with new recipes so this would be fun to have :)