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Classic Kentucky Confections for a Sweet 4th of July


The Fourth of July holiday is all-American: bombastic, creative, unique, celebratory, commemorative, joyful, and unconstrained. And what’s more American (or more Kentucky) than apple pie?

Celebrate with new and vintage apple-flavored favorites from some of UPK’s best-loved cookbooks:

Click here to download a PDF of all the recipes to print.

Blue Grass Baked Apple Dumplings


Blue Ribbon Apples




Duncan Hine's Apple Pie-2



Merry Giftmas!

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again! We are already knee-deep in the Christmas season, and yet there are still so many gifts to be bought. Instead of stuffing your loved-ones stockings with gift cards and candy, check out these awesome UPK books for a creative gift option that everybody in the family is sure to love. The best part is, if you order them through our website now through February 1st, 2015, you will receive 20% off just by entering the codes “FHOL” or “FSNO”. Happy gift-giving!

For the veteran: Grounded by Robert M. Farley


The United States needs airpower, but does it need an air force? In Grounded, Robert M. Farley persuasively argues that America should end the independence of the United States Air Force (USAF) and divide its assets and missions between the United States Army and the United States Navy.


For the history buff: Madam Belle by Maryjean Wall

Belle Brezing made a major career move when she stepped off the streets of Lexington, Kentucky, and into Jennie Hill’s bawdy house—an upscale brothel run out of a former residence of Mary Todd Lincoln. At nineteen, Brezing was already infamous as a youth steeped in death, sex, drugs, and scandal. But it was in Miss Hill’s “respectable” establishment that she began to acquire the skills, manners, and business contacts that allowed her to ascend to power and influence as an internationally known madam.


For the feminist: Violence against Women in Kentucky  by Carol E. Jordan

For more than two centuries, Kentucky women have fought for the right to vote, own property, control their wages, and be safe at home and in the workplace. Tragically, many of these women’s voices have been silenced by abuse and violence. In Violence against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform, Carol E. Jordan chronicles the stories of those who have led the legislative fight for the last four decades to protect women from domestic violence, rape, stalking, and related crimes.



For the movie-goer: The Philosophy of Tim Burton edited by Jennifer L. McMahon

Director and producer Tim Burton impresses audiences with stunning visuals, sinister fantasy worlds, and characters whose personalities are strange and yet familiar. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as Lewis Carroll, Salvador Dalí, Washington Irving, and Dr. Seuss, Burton’s creations frequently elicit both alarm and wonder. Whether crafting an offbeat animated feature, a box-office hit, a collection of short fiction, or an art exhibition, Burton pushes the envelope, and he has emerged as a powerful force in contemporary popular culture.

For the poet: Many-Storied House by George Ella Lyon


Born in the small, eastern Kentucky coal-mining town of Harlan, George Ella Lyon began her career with Mountain, a chapbook of poems. She has since published many more books in multiple genres and for readers of all ages, but poetry remains at the heart of her work. Many-Storied House is her fifth collection.


For the UK fan: Wildcat Memories by Doug Brunk

Wildcat Memories illuminates the intimate connection between the UK basketball program and the commonwealth. Author Doug Brunk brings together some of the program’s greatest coaches, players, and personalities to reflect on Kentuckians who provided inspiration, guidance, and moral support during their tenure as Wildcats. Featuring personal essays and behind-the-scenes stories from Kentucky legends Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, Dan Issel, Joe B. Hall, Kyle Macy, and Tubby Smith, as well as newcomers Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller, and John Wall, this heartfelt collection shares an inside look at what makes UK basketball extraordinary.

For the chef: The Duncan Hines trilogy
Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food by Louis Hatchett
Adventures in Good Cooking by Duncan Hines, edited by Louis Hatchett
The Dessert Book
by Duncan Hines, edited by Louis Hatchett


Duncan Hines (1880–1959) may be best known for the cake mixes, baked goods, and
bread products that bear his name, but most people forget that he was a real person
and not just a fictitious figure invented for the brand. America’s pioneer restaurant critic,
Hines discovered his passion while working as a traveling salesman during the 1920s
and 1930s—a time when food standards were poorly enforced and safety was a
constant concern. He traveled across America discovering restaurants and offering his
recommendations to readers in his best-selling compilation Adventures in Good Eating
(1935). The success of this work and of his subsequent publications led Hines to
manufacture the extremely popular food products that we still enjoy today.

For the horse lover: The Kentucky Derby by James C. Nicholson

Each year on the first Saturday in May, the world turns its attention to the twin spires of Churchill Downs for the high-stakes excitement of the “greatest two minutes in sports,”  the Kentucky Derby. No American sporting event can claim the history, tradition, or pageantry that the Kentucky Derby holds. For more than 130 years, spectators have been fascinated by the magnificent horses that run the Louisville track. Thoroughbreds such as Secretariat and Barbaro have earned instant international fame, along with jockeys such as Isaac Murphy, Ron Turcotte, and Calvin Borel. The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event calls this great tradition to post and illuminates its history and culture.


Duncan Hines Book Giveaways!

Been a fan of the recipes we’ve been posting all week or want to learn more about the history behind Duncan Hines? We’ve got good news for you! From today until April 16, we will be giving away a copy of Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food, as well as a set package of Adventures in Good Cooking and The Dessert Book. Enter to win below, or click here to see a list of our current giveaways and enter there. Good luck to all!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Adventures in Good Cooking by Duncan Hines

Adventures in Good Cooking

by Duncan Hines

Giveaway ends April 17, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway


Duncan Hines by Louis Hatchett

Duncan Hines

by Louis Hatchet

Giveaway ends April 16, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.



The Delicious World of Duncan Hines

We all recognize this image, but did you know that the man behind the mixes, Duncan Hines, came from Bowling Green, Kentucky? Duncan Hines started out not as a  trained baker or chef, but as a traveling salesman. As he traveled around 1930s America, he compiled lists of notable local restaurants and meals which he later published in Adventures in Good Eating. The rest is history as Hines went on to publish several cookbooks, including Adventures in Good Cooking and The Dessert Book, both of which are being republished at the University Press of Kentucky! Also look out for Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food by Louis Hatchett for a complete history of Hines’ rise to success.

For a sneak peek at The Dessert Book, check out this recipe for Fresh Coconut Angel Cake:

Fresh Coconut Angel Cake

The White Turkey Town House, New York City


12 egg whites
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup pastry flour
1 cup sugar

Directions (Makes one 10-inch tube cake)

Beat together egg whites and salt until foamy. Add cream of tartar to eggs and beat until stiff, but moist. Sift flour and sugar together three or four times and carefully fold into the beaten eggs. Pour into a 10-inch tube pan free of grease and bake in 300° oven for 50 minutes. Turn off oven and let cake remain for another 10 minutes. Cool and frost with Boiled Frosting. Sprinkle top with fresh grated coconut.

Boiled Frosting

The White Turkey Town House, New York City


2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 egg whites
1 coconut, grated

Directions (Frosts 10-inch tube cake)

Boil sugar and water until it forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. Whip egg whites until stiff. Slowly add the sugar syrup and whip until cold. Spread over cake. Sprinkle top generously with fresh grated coconut.