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Cook the Book: Sweet Potato Pralines

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

I have to be honest and say I didn't expect much when I came across the candy section of Lyniece North Talmadge's The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook. I mean, sweet potato candy? It sounded like something out of a health food store nightmare. But at the same time there was something intriguing about the possibility of vegetable candy, and I decided to give one of the recipes a go.

I suppose I was playing it safe when I chose these Sweet Potato Pralines since the recipe only includes a scant two tablespoons of sweet potato. The finished candy didn't end up tasting all that sweet potato-y at all, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless of the lack sweet potato flavor, the pralines were pretty spot on—sugary sweet with a great crunch and tons of nutty pecan nibs.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook to give away this week.

Adapted from The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook by Lyniece North Talmadge. Copyright © 2010. Published by Cumberland House. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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