Wild Sugar

Gibbs Smith

SKU: 7996

$35.00 USD

This beautifully photographed dessert cookbook is loaded with seasonal recipes that look aspirational but are made achievable with detailed directions and how-to tips and hints to make stunning cookies, pies, cakes, and other sweets.

“Bakers with some experience in the kitchen, especially fans of the Pioneer Woman brand of cookbooks, will find both culinary and philosophical inspiration in this sweet debut.”—Library Journal

Lindsey Johnson, along with Chase Reynolds Ewald, often find their cooking and baking muse from life in the West. Flavor profiles, ingredients, and artistic decorating ideas are all sparked by the romantic and rustic western mountains. In Wild Sugar: Sweet Treats Inspired by the Mountain West, Johnson teaches you how to create amazing desserts via more than 50 recipes plus additional frostings, fillings, and toppings that are based on seasonal ingredients. These recipes are designed for the home baker, and her detailed instructions along with decorating tips and hints, will have you serving showcase cookies, pies, cakes, and sweets in no time.

While some of the recipes are for special occasions, many are easy to make. Give the Vanilla Shortbread Cookies with Pressed Flowers a try or the Mint Chip Cupcakes. If you are feeling fancy or having a party, the Blackberry Buttermilk Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream or the Apple Spiced Cake Layered with White Chocolate Ganache and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting might do the trick.

Johnson’s stories and adventures in Wyoming bring additional fun to the cookbook with tales of Christmas tree hunting gone wrong, farm animal antics, huckleberry picking, and baking with kids. She also provides table setting and serving ideas using repurposed items and help from nature.

Lindsey Johnson is an artist, interior designer, content creator, baker, photographer, and foodie. She’s also the mother of three boys and the keeper of chickens, pigs, goats, a dog, and a gentle Jersey cow named Trouble.

From her childhood in Southern California to her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach, California, Lindsey has been a lifelong student of the arts. She designed interiors in custom residential homes in Newport and Laguna Beach for a decade before she and her husband decided to relocate their young family to Wyoming. There, Lindsey nurtured her passion for baking by pursuing a professional career in artisan cakes, confections, food styling, and photography. Known for her inventive wedding cakes and artful baked goods, Lindsey is inspired by a wide range of influences including travel, books, and the mountains, wildlife, and wildflowers in the corner of the West she calls home. She lives with her husband and three boys on a 20-acre ranch in Freedom, Wyoming.

Chase Reynolds Ewald’s career encompasses sixteen books, two Western Design Conference Sourcebooks, and hundreds of magazine articles. A graduate of Yale and U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, she is a writer and editor who helps clients craft their stories. Her most recent release is Design Mixology: The Interiors of Tineke Triggs, co-written with Heather Sandy Hebert. Other titles include At Home in the Wine Country, By Western Hands: Functional Art from the Heart of the West and Rancho Sisquoc: Enduring Legacy on an Historic Land Grant Ranch. Chase wrote Cabin Style, Rustic Modern, American Rustic, New Western Cuisine and the multi-award-winning Bison: Portrait of an Icon in collaboration with photographer Audrey Hall. An enthusiastic cook and road-tripper around the West, Chase lives in northern California with her husband, Charles, and their four daughters.

More Accolades:

“Lindsey has created a deliciously thoughtful collection of recipes that blend fine art with rustic, natural beauty. Wild Sugar will spark your inner dessert artist, elevate your baking, and make you fall in love with the mountain west.”—Whitney DePaoli, creator of Sugar & Sparrow and author of Anyone Can Cake

“Wild Sugar is full of mouth-watering recipes that are true pieces of edible art. But don't let the gorgeous buttercream blossoms or painted cakes intimidate you - Lindsey effortlessly guides us through the process and intro her remarkable world in the Wild West.”—Tessa Huff, author of Icing on the Cake & Layered

“I have been following Lindsey on social media for a few years now. What drew me to her were her personal narratives tied to each masterfully taken photograph. Her keen attention to detail translates flawlessly from her cake sketches as she proves that canvasses can be as delicious as they are beautiful. This book is as fine of a read as it is a gorgeous collection of recipes!”—Christina Tucker, author of Cakes that Wow Cookbook

“Wild Sugar is a charming collection of recipes and tutorials that will transport you to the heart of the mountains! From the flavors of each recipe to their exceptional designs, Lindsey captures the beauty in all aspects of baking. A Must Have cookbook for bakers and dessert enthusiasts alike.”—Sheri Wilson Author of Caketopia

“This cookbook transcends the realm of traditional baking books and offers a visual journey through a gallery of gorgeous and rustic decorated baked goods that make you feel like you can make that! As a confident baker, but timid decorator, this book made me feel like I could get out my piping bag and bake something that was as beautiful as it was delicious. This book is a must have for any baker who loves art and for any artist who loves baking.”—Mimi Council, author of Effortless Eggless Baking, The Mountain Baker & Cookies for Everyone