About the Book

This book, Baked Explorations, is a tribute to beloved American desserts—treats and baked goods that are regional gems, fading beauties, or family secrets. It is a compilation of some of the more interesting items we found in our travels.

Renato and I set about looking for the roadways and history to all things sweet and realized that there is no direct route. Most recipes we found had been altered and tweaked by so many hands that one person’s simple chocolate cake recipe was completely different from the next-door neighbor’s, not to mention the recipe from the person two states over.