Thursday, September 4, 2014

9/04 FRANCINE BRYSON, BLUE RIBBON BAKING FROM A REDNECK KITCHEN

FRANCINE BRYSON – AUTHOR, BLUE RIBBON BAKING FROM A REDNECK KITCHEN 

National pie champion, mom, homemaker, and self-proclaimed redneck, Francine Bryson and her award-winning desserts won the hearts of bakers everywhere when she appeared on CBS’sThe American Baking Competition and went on to become a finalist on the show. In Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen (Clarkson Potter; September 9, 2014; $22.00; Trade Paperback) Franny shares her recipes and baking tips with everyone while staying true to her Southern roots, which means pairing chocolate and peanut butter with bacon, turning an apple pie upside down, using cherry pop in a cake, and always making use of seasonal fresh fruit—and plenty of cream cheese.

As Jeff Foxworthy, The American Baking Competition’s host, writes in the foreword, “For Francine, cooking is a love language. When I asked Francine what she wanted the most [from the show], she whispered, 'The cookbook.' See, she has an album full of family recipes that go back to before the turn of the last century, most in their original handwriting. This was a treasure to her, and to share it was her heart’s desire."

Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen is filled with Franny’s down-home Southern charm and sass and she finally shares her sought-after recipes and the tips she learned from generations of women in her Southern family and then refined during her twenty-plus years of competing on the baking circuit.

FRANCINE BRYSON has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Her childhood home in Greenville, South Carolina, was located between those of her Nana and Granny, both keen bakers who started teaching their secrets to Francine  when she was barely tall enough to reach the countertop. A member of the American Pie Council, she lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina. Francine’s first television show is currently in development.

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