If you’ve got a sweet tooth for southern desserts, Chef Sonya Jones’ Sweet Auburn Bread Company is a must. The bakery has made Atlanta a happier place for 14 years, and with the publication of Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta’s “Little Bakery That Could”, Chef Sonya is spreading her good-eating-gospel to kitchens throughout the world. Once you’ve finished reading, you may just want to head down to the bakery to taste the goodness for yourself…
Q. What makes the Sweet Auburn District so special?
A. The district (Auburn Avenue) was once the richest street for African-Americans. Many first black-owned businesses started on this street and I’m proud to follow an amazing legacy.
Q. The quintessential “”Southern”” dessert is…
A. Sweet Potato Cheesecake, hello! ?!?! While there are a gazillion recipes on Google, my signature dish is like no other. Imagine cream cheese pound cake as the pie crust filled with a rich cream cheese batter and sweet potato. Runner ups include Lemon chess pie and red velvet cake.
Q. A group of visitors are coming to town and they’ve asked you to plan a day of eating around Atlanta. After Sweet Auburn Bread Company, where are you taking them?
A. After loading up on sweets from the Sweet Auburn Bread Company, I’m taking the group on a joyride to some of my favorite places. Since Taste of Atlanta is this weekend and I’m participating, I’m bringing the group to cheer me on and sample dishes from 79 other chefs. Next stop are two of the best local markets – Peachtree Road Farmers Market and Marietta Square Farmers Market. Last stop, dinner from Busy Bee Cafe.
Q. Favorite neighborhoods?
A. I just love all of Atlanta, the old and new. As an Atlanta native, I really appreciate how much the city has progressed. In the Sweet Auburn District, I have witnessed the growth of Georgia State University and the positive impact the college and students have on the area. I also enjoy the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site and exploring the downtown area. I can’t get enough of the Apex museum, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Atlanta Studio Tour and World of Coca- Cola.
Q. What makes Sweet Auburn Bread Company so special and why should someone check out your new book Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta’s Little Bakery that Could?
A. For more than 14 years, I have been baking the sweetest desserts with pride and love for locals and visitors to the Sweet Auburn District. Many of my recipes are passed down from my mother and my cookbook is filled with Southern favorites with a twist.
Celebrate with Chef Sonya At Her Book Launch
Why: Book signing and tasty treats from “”Sweet Auburn Desserts””- Old fashioned pork cake,lemon chess pies,world famous Sweet Potato Cheesecake