Interview with Real Sweet’s Author Shauna Sever
Shauna Sever’s new book, Real Sweet, explores the world of alternative sugars, such as coconut sugar, muscovado, agave and more. We love her approach and have had great success with the recipes in the Test Kitchen. If you are looking to use less white sugar, or are just interested in all of the wonderful flavors these sweeteners can provide, then this book is for you. Read to hear her own words about how this book came about and make sure to check out her Coconut Sugar Banana Sheet Cake and Oatmeal Cream Cookie Sandwiches.
Dédé Wilson: Shauna, when it comes to baking I often think of three key ingredients as our building blocks: butter, sugar and flour. Recently Alice Medrich turned to flour as a flavor ingredient – in fact her book is called Flavor Flours – and she explored all of the lesser-used flours like sorghum, teff and buckwheat. In your book Real Sweetyou seem to be taking the same approach with sugars looking beyond white and brown and delving into coconut sugar, muscovado, agave and maple syrup among others. How did it occur to you to write a book on this subject and approach? And by the way, we are so glad you did!