Who could resist learning from this beautifully talented, deeply knowledgeable and forever smiling human being? Not I, or anyone who has met her in person and shared her passion in real time.
Nancie is the real thing, with real passion, real stories and most importantly real connection to reality. One that comes from being a mother to two girls that must certainly keep her plenty busy and connected to what real people have to deal with.
Click Here to visit Nancie's website and to learn more about her and also information on her many cookbooks.
Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations is her book on cakes, that will give you many new ideas. I was lucky to be one of those that received an inscribed copy from Nancie whilst we were presenting at the annual Pastry Conference hosted jointly by Food Arts Magazine and the Culinary Institute of America in Greystone, St. Helena, CA, earlier this year. It was at the Pastry Conference that I first met Nancy. And through her, I also learned a great deal about Southern food lore and in her typical manner, as I have come to learn quickly, she shared all and in doing so, gave everyone attending, her list of Southern books to read and buy for the kitchen library.
Nancie's legend and reputation were long known to me, but layers and slices of her passion, upbringing and discoveries began to unravel as we chatted, teased and shared brief moments that may have been short in duration, but never wanting for true heartfelt connection. Her generosity was infectious and it is shared in her teaching, speaking and cookbooks.
It is this Nancie that is someone we ought to all know and have much to learn from. And now, Alton Brown, has called upon her to learn from and showcase her wisdom for all his viewers.
The photo here is of Nancie's Black Walnut Cake with Black Walnut Icing. The cake has a nice crumb and is very moist. Wish I could eat it now... The photo is taken at home, the kids toys are in the background. This is the real Nancie for you.
But for those of you, that have TV, and know this show, please tune in and enjoy Nancie and get a feeling for true Southern charm and story-telling.
Watch Nancie on Monday, July 9, 2007 at 8 p.m.
As The Cake Detective, serving up a little culinary history to Alton Brown, in the season premier of his Peabody Award-winning program:
"ALTON BROWN'S GOOD EATS"
The Food Network
July 09, 2007 8:00 PM ET/PT
July 10, 2007 3:00 AM ET/PT
July 23, 2007 11:00 PM ET/PT
July 24, 2007 2:00 AM ET/PT
"Coconut Cake Revival, Is it possible to make great cake with coconut from a can? Should you even try? Host Alton Brown wants to know and he's willing to crack open as many nuts as it takes to make a slice of paradise on a plate."
And if you want to see the crumb of the cake, and see the texture, below are two more images for you.