Reading List of the Best Baking Cookbooks of all Time


Best Books of all Time on Baking

Interested in learning everything about Baking? Check out the complete reading list of the best Baking cookbooks of all time for great book recommendations.

The page is a reading list sharing the best books to read on Baking based on many hours of reading and research. You can be sure that each one is fantastic and will be worth your time.

About Baking

Baking is a form of cooking that incorporates dry heat, usually in an oven, but it can also be done in hot ashes or on hot stones. Bread is the most common baked foodstuff, although many other items may be baked. Heat is gradually carried from the surface of cakes, cookies, and slices of bread to their centers, transforming batters and doughs into baked goods and more with a strong dry crust and a softer interior as heat passes through.

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1. Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes

Joanne Chang
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Highly recommended baking guidebook from the James Beard Award-winning baker and proprietor of Boston’s popular Flour bakery.

Joanne Chang, a James Beard Award-winning baker, is best known around the country for her eight renowned Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has already released two books based on Flour’s goods, including her famed sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and detailed book yet. It offers 125 dessert dishes, many of which she would never serve in a bakery environment, such as desserts that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top.

2. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

America's Test Kitchen Kids
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
A New York Times Bestselling Book! The perfect baking book comes from the authors of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook for kids.

Do you want to learn how to create your own soft pretzels? Or how about wow your pals with handmade empanadas? How about making a show-stopping pie? After school, how about some chewy brownies? Learn to prepare anything from breakfast to slices of bread, cookies to cakes (even cupcakes!). You can do it, and it’s a lot of fun! America’s Test Kitchen is creating a new generation of confident cooks, interested diners, and curious experimenters by allowing young chefs to make their own decisions in the kitchen.

3. Nadiya Bakes

Nadiya Hussain
Publication Date: Jul 27, 2021
The winner of The Great British Baking Show and the host of the famous Netflix programs Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes returns to her real passion, baking, with more than 100 delectable, Americanized recipes for sweet delights.

Nadiya introduces more than 100 simple and realistic recipes for cakes, cookies, breads, tarts, and puddings in her newest cookbook, based on her Netflix program and BBC miniseries Nadiya Bakes. From Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits and Key Lime Cupcakes to Cheat’s Sourdough and Spiced Squash Strudel, Nadiya has produced an ultimate baking resource for nearly every baked delicacy that will appeal to both novice and seasoned pastry chefs.

4. The Cake Bible

Rose Levy Beranbaum
Publication Date: September 20, 1988
Best-selling author and “diva of desserts” Rose Levy Beranbaum’s most comprehensive baking book, and IACP Culinary Classics Award in 2017

This is the classic cake guidebook that teaches anybody how to bake delectable, gorgeous cakes. Rose Levy Beranbaum’s signature as a writer for culinary publications, women’s magazines, and newspapers, including The New York Times, is her ability to simplify the most difficult processes into simple recipes. Rose makes baking enjoyable.

5. Baking with Dorie

Dorie Greenspan
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
A baking book with over 150 interesting recipes from James Beard Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Dorie Greenspan.

When you hear the name “Dorie Greenspan,” you immediately think of baking. The acclaimed author of thirteen cookbooks and five James Beard and two IACP awards presents a compilation that highlights the sweet, savory, and simple. Every recipe is iconic Dorie: simple (beginners can master every technique in this book) and approachable, created with common ingredients. It’s a collection of easy yet elegant baking recipes.

6. Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit

Lisa Ludwinski
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Sister Pie, the boutique bakery that is making Detroit more delectable every day, has released a cookbook brimming with personality.

Lisa Ludwinski and her sister bakers at Sister Pie are making Detroit sweeter one slice at a time from a little corner pie store in a former beauty salon on the city’s east side. Ludwinski, the granddaughter of two Detroit residents, spends her days singing, dancing, and dishing out a brand of pie love that has delighted reviewers and brought visitors from all around. Those who don’t have cash in their wallets may simply cash in a prepaid slice from the “pie it forward” clothesline placed across the window.

7. Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking

Cheryl Day
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Nothing feels more rewarding or comfortable than putting on a beloved apron and making something wonderful. And nowhere is this more ingrained than in the American South, where every day is deserving of a special gift from the kitchen.

The book captivates the baker not only with the recipes, ingredients, and unique flavor profiles of Southern baking but also with the intricacies of becoming a better baker. With Cheryl as your guide, it’s as if generations of Southern bakers are standing over your shoulder, showing you exactly how to cream butter and sugar, fold whipped egg whites into batter, adjust for temperature and humidity in your kitchen, and master those glorious piecrusts by overcoming the fact that experienced bakers know—a pie dough can sense fear!

8. Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Mary Berry
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
This ultimate collection from the uncontested queen of cakes includes all of Mary Berry’s most delectable baking recipes in a beautifully packed edition.

This thorough handbook is filled with tasty baking ideas and contains 250 flawless recipes of all types. Marry Berry’s famed cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake, and Hazelnut Meringue Cake, are featured, as well as tempting muffins, scones, and breads. Full-color images and diagrams of more difficult stages are supported by simple directions and helpful hints, making this a perfect resource for both rookie and expert cooks.

9. Dessert Person

Claire Saffitz
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Everyone can be a dessert person and this book encourages hesitant home bakers to bake with more confidence and approach food with greater love.

Claire Saffitz is a modern-day baking hero. Claire’s distinctive touch on sweet and savory dishes including Babkallah (a babka-Challah hybrid), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies can be found in Dessert Person. She describes the issues and solutions for each recipe, such as what to do if your pie crust for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (repair it with dough or a quiche flour paste! ), as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photos, and fundamental know-how. Claire is ready to turn everyone into a dessert person with her signature friendliness and superhuman ability to explain everything baking-related.

10. The Book On Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies

Erin Jeanne McDowell
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Erin Jeanne McDowell, a New York Times contributing baker and renowned food stylist, developed the pie book, a thorough manual that distills everything you’ll ever need to know for producing beautiful pies.

The Book on Pie begins with the fundamentals, such as how to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert decorating and styling tips, before delving into recipes for all types of pies, including fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. Classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie are available, as are more creative dishes like Birthday Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

11. Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe

Joanne Chang
Publication Date: October 6, 2010
Joanne Chang’s original and acclaimed baking cookbook, from the proprietor of Boston’s famous Flour Bakery.

Joanne Chang’s baked goods repertoire is extensive and satisfying, ranging from Homemade Pop-Tarts to Brioche au Chocolat, Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants. While at Harvard, she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies, which led her to a sticky bun victory on the Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

12. Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Over 110 refined and updated recipes for sweets, baked products, and confections from renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

Yotam Ottolenghi is well-known in the culinary world for his gorgeous, inspiring, and award-winning cookbooks, as well as his London delis and fine dining restaurant. While he is most renowned for his savory and vegetarian dishes, he began his culinary career as a pastry chef. Sweet is totally loaded with Ottolenghi’s characteristic flavor profiles and ingredients such as fig, rose petal, saffron, orange flower, star anise, pistachio, almond, cardamom, and cinnamon. Sweet is a baker’s dream, with recipes for easy delicacies like Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan cookies and Rosemary Olive Oil Orange Cake, as well as show-stopping desserts like Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs and Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut, and Rosewater.

13. The Baking Bible

Rose Levy Beranbaum
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Best-selling author and “diva of desserts” Rose Levy Beranbaum’s latest and most complete baking book, winner of the 2015 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking.

Rose Levy Beranbaum, the famous baker, has returned with her most comprehensive “bible” yet. This magnum opus relies on Rose’s enthusiasm and experience in every area of baking, with all-new recipes for the greatest cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more. Each exquisite meal is absolutely foolproof—with detail-oriented directions that minimize guessing, “plan-ahead,” brilliant ideas, and success highlights—as one would expect from the lady dubbed “the most careful cook who ever lived.”

14. Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book: 110+ Recipes for Young Bakers

Food Network Magazine
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
From the creators of America’s #1 food magazine and the bestselling writers of The Big, Fun Kids Cookbook comes the definitive kids’ cookbook for beginning bakers.

This cookbook is jam-packed with easy sweets and treats recipes developed for young cooks and triple-tested by the chefs of Food Network Kitchen. Kids will learn how to prepare their favorite sweets, including muffins and quick breads, brownies and bars, cookies, cupcakes, sheet cakes, and more. The recipes are easy to make and completely failsafe, and each one includes a color photo and skilled instructions to assist new chefs to get started in the kitchen.

15. The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern

Claudia Fleming & Melissa Clark
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
A stunning new edition of “the finest dessert book in the history of the world” (Bon AppĂ©tit), with 175 classic recipes from Gramercy Tavern’s James Beard Award-winning pastry chef.

Fleming’s desserts have received several honors because they exemplify her philosophy of very gratifying cuisine without pretense, which is an ideal balance for home chefs. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients at their height of taste, Fleming makes simple yet captivating sweets that are more than the sum of their parts. She has a unique ability to combine opposing textures, tastes, and temperatures to get the right result—placing something brittle and crunchy next to something satiny and silky, and broadening the notion of sweet and savory while maintaining a basic simplicity.

16. The Violet Bakery Cookbook

Claire Ptak
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
A concept cookbook for sweet and savory baked products from London’s famed Violet Bakery that emphasizes quality ingredients, seasonality, and taste (rather than science) as the keys to making gratifying, wonderful handcrafted pastries, tarts, and sweets.

Violet, a pastry store and café in Hackney, east London, is a jewel box. Simple components such as whole grain flour, less processed sugars, and the natural sweetness and subtle colors of seasonal fruits are used in the baking. Everything is prepared in an open kitchen so everyone can see it. Violet has become a destination for its beautiful baked delights.

17. Cookies: The New Classics

Jesse Szewczyk
Publication Date: October 26, 2021
100 ambitious cookie recipes that go above and beyond gold-star requirements.

Jesse Szewczyk’s collection of 100 brand-new, boldly flavored, intriguing yet familiar recipes take you beyond the same-old chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies. These new classics are divided into chapters by flavors and attributes such as Chocolaty, Boozy, Fruity, Smoky, and Savory. They’re sophisticated and approachable—many don’t even require an electric mixer.

18. Gluten-Free Flavor Flours

Alice Medrich
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
The gluten-free cookbook that won a James Beard Award is now available in paperback!

Baking using flavor flours, such as oat flour, sorghum flour, teff flour, coconut flour, and nut flour such as almond and hazelnut flour, gives a new depth to dessert recipes. Rather than merely contributing starch and structure to a dessert (like wheat flour does), these flours enhance the flavor as well. The recipes employ the most popular alternative flours available on the market today in novel ways, both alone and in combination. Gluten-free bakers will have a plethora of new baking alternatives at their disposal. The chapters are organized by flour, with each one highlighting the best recipes for that flour, whether it’s sorghum flour muffins, tarts, and scones, oat flour cakes, cookies, and crumbles, or teff chocolatey desserts.

19. Jane’s Patisserie

Jane Dunn
Publication Date: August 05, 2021
Delectably customizable cakes, bakes, and goodies. The Sunday Times Bestseller Number One.

Jane’s recipes are popular because they are simple, adaptable, and full of your favorite flavors. Jane’s Patisserie offers everything from gooey cookies and celebratory cakes with a lovely drip finish to fluffy cupcakes and creamy no-bake cheesecakes. This book offers everything you need to produce legendary bakes and become a star baker, whether you want a salted caramel fix or a spicy biscoff bake.

20. Tartine Bread

Chad Robertson
Publication Date: September 29, 2010
This is the book for the home or professional baker. It comes from a man widely regarded as the top bread maker in the United States: Chad Robertson, co-owner of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, a city well-versed in bread.

A bread bible for the home baker or professional bread-maker It is written by Chad Robertson, who is widely regarded as the greatest bread baker in the United States and co-owner of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery with Elizabeth Prueitt. Chad Robertson’s rustic, gorgeous Tartine loaves are pulled from the oven at 5 p.m. Almost every day, the bread at San Francisco’s famed Tartine Bakery sells out within an hour.

21. Baking: From My Home to Yours

Dorie Greenspan
Publication Date: September 25, 2006
Dorie Greenspan has written recipes for some of the world’s most renowned chefs, including Pierre HermĂ©, Daniel Boulud, and probably the greatest of all time, Julia Child, who reportedly told Dorie, “You write recipes just the way I do.”

Dorie puts her three decades of knowledge to her first and true passion, home baking, in Baking: From My Home to Yours, her opus. The 300 recipes will appeal to a new generation of bakers, whether they like a bowl and a whisk or a stand mixer with a baker’s torch.
Even the most simple dishes are noteworthy. Dorie’s preferred raisin swirl bread. Big spicy muffins from her time working as a baker in a well-known New York City restaurant. Brownies au chocolat français (a Parisian pastry chef begged for the recipe). A striking black and white cake for a “wow” moment. The outstanding lemon tart by Pierre HermĂ©.

22. BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts

Stella Parks
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Bon Appétit, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, the Boston Globe, and other publications named it a Best Baking Book of the Year.

BraveTart is a celebration of classic American sweets, from one-bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake to a faultless Cherry Pie that’s crisp even on the very bottom. Your favorites are all here, whether they’re down-home treats like Blueberry Muffins and Glossy Fudge Brownies or supermarket staples like Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. These painstakingly tested recipes bring an award-winning pastry chef’s skill into your kitchen, as well as advise on how to “mix it up” with over 200 adjustable variations—in short, everything you’d expect from a cookbook written by a Serious Eats senior editor.

23. Momofuku Milk Bar: A Cookbook

Christina Tosi
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Momofuku Milk Bar, the widely awaited sequel to the New York Times bestseller Momofuku cookbook, exposes the recipes for the Milk Bar bakery’s creative, addicting cookies, pies, cakes, ice creams, and more.

Momofuku Milk Bar reveals the recipes for Christina Tosi’s famed desserts—now-legendary takes on childhood pleasures and down-home classics (all essentially derived from 10 mother recipes)—along with the intriguing story of this eccentric bakery’s unusual origins. One day, Momofuku creator David Chang requested Christina to create a dessert for dinner that night. The pastry program at Momofuku began in an instant.

24. The Pie and Pastry Bible

Rose Levy Beranbaum
Publication Date: November 11, 1998
The Pie and Pastry Bible is the authoritative manual from the country’s best baker and your magic wand for creating the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams.

More than 300 recipes, 200 method and equipment drawings, and 70 color photographs of completed pies, tarts, and pastries. Fruit pies, chiffon pies, custard pies, ice cream pies, meringue pies, chocolate pies, tarts and tartlets, turnovers, dumplings, biscuits, scones, crostatas, galettes, strudel, puff pastry, croissants (chocolate, too), Danish, brioche, sticky buns, cream puffs, and profiteroles are all simple to make. Pastry cream, frangipane, Chiboust, fruit curds, ice creams, fondant, fruit preserves, streusel, meringues, ganache, caramel, and hot fudge are among the fillings, glazes, toppings, and sauces available.

25. Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

Deanna F. Cook
Publication Date: September 05, 2017
In the spirit of the best-selling Cooking Class, this entertaining baking handbook for children aged 8 to 12 includes 50 simple, kid-friendly recipes.

Lively step-by-step photographs show aspiring bakers how to knead dough, create biscuits, decorate cookies, and make a flawless pie, as well as vital skills like following directions and measuring materials precisely. Bursting with Blueberries Muffins, Zombie Zucchini Bread, and Peachy Keen Crumble are just a few of the dishes that kids will learn to cook. Bonus goodie bag stickers, pop-out gift tags, and bake sale signage inspire children to proudly share their baked treats.

26. Tartine

Elisabeth M. Prueitt & Chad Robertson 
Publication Date: August 17, 2006
One glimpse at Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson’s fantastic cookbook transports you to their famed Tartine Bakery and teaches you all you need to know to recreate their delectable dishes at home.

Recipes that are simple enough to make in your own kitchen. There’s something here for breakfast, lunch, tea, supper, hors d’oeuvres, and, of course, dessert. Practical guidance in the form of useful Kitchen Notes conveys the writers’ expertise. Beautiful photos are interspersed throughout to make a genuinely delectable and exciting party cookbook.

27. 100 Cookies

Sarah Kieffer
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Food & Wine, The Kitchn, Cup of Jo, Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Food52, and Bake from Scratch Magazine have all featured this recipe. Nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Cookbooks in 2020.

100 Cookies is an easy baking book with 100 cookie and bar recipes divided into seven parts. Chocolatey, fruity, crunchy, chewy, traditional, inventive—this cookie recipe book has a surefire recipe for the ideal treat for everyone. Introduces new baking techniques. An entire chapter is devoted to Kieffer’s “pan banging” method, which ensures crisp edges and soft centers for the most delicious cookies. An image accompanies almost every cookie dough recipe.

28. BakeWise

Shirley O. Corriher
Publication Date: October 28, 2008
The James Beard Award-winning, bestselling author of CookWise and KitchenWise delivers a lively and fascinating guide to better baking through food science.

Follow Shirley Corriher, a culinary detective, as she solves the mystery of why the cookie crumbles. Shirley approaches baking in a new and interesting way, drawing on her years of expertise ranging from big-pot cooking at a boarding school and classic French culinary training to her job as a research biochemist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She offers helpful tactics like brushing your puff pastry with cold water (rather than just brushing off the flour) to make it taller, lighter, and flakier. She can teach you how to make moist cakes, perfect meringues, big, crisp cream puffs, incredible pastries, and crusty, incredibly flavorful, open-textured French breads like baguettes.

29. Super Good Baking for Kids

Duff Goldman
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Duff Goldman, the New York Times bestselling celebrity chef and Ace of Cakes and Kids Baking Championship presenter, has created the ideal Christmas gift for young bakers!

Super Good Baking for Kids has dozens of the most delicious, chewy, and easy-to-follow recipes ever! This book teaches young bakers how to prepare anything from delectable Boston crème doughnuts to mind-blowing stuffed-crust dessert pizzas. The cakes, cookies, pies, and puddings are all a lot of fun to make, a lot of fun to decorate, and always wonderful. This family-friendly baking book can instill in any child the confidence to create outrageously delicious treats that everyone will appreciate.

30. Beginner’s Baking Bible: 130+ Recipes and Techniques for New Bakers

Heather Perine
Publication Date: December 24, 2019
With this basic beginner’s cookbook, baking is a piece of cake. Even if your cooking knowledge is limited to breaking a few eggs, you can become a wonderful baker. You only need The Beginner’s Baking Bible.

With the help of this guidebook, baking becomes genuinely accessible. Breakdowns of baking fundamentals to learn how to use essential baking processes including combining, folding, creaming, and kneading. Learn how to take action to improve your process. Most recipes are accompanied by key hints aimed to simplify and troubleshoot life in the kitchen, from ingredient swaps to marshaling batter gone amok. 130+ delectable recipes to enjoy baking a broad range of sweet and savory treats, such as luscious spiced hot chocolate cookies, zesty lemon bars, or fresh and flaky summer vegetable tarts. Whatever you make, these recipes will have your family and friends asking for seconds.

31. Tartine: Revised Edition

Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson & Alice Waters
Publication Date: October 01, 2019
IACP 2020 Award for Best Cookbook, Food Photography, and Styling. “Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019” of The New York Times.

This wonderfully updated and gorgeously re-photographed baking book from one of the world’s most respected and inspiring bakeries is a completely updated version of a go-to classic for home and professional bakers. Tartine presents more than 50 new recipes that encapsulate Tartine’s inventiveness and, above all, deliciousness—including their most requested dish, the Morning Bun. Favorites from the original recipe book have also been updated to reflect modern preferences, including whole-grain and/or gluten-free alternatives, as well as exciting new ingredients and foreign methods. This baking and pastry book is a true collector compendium and a must-have for bakers of all skill levels, with over 150 stunning pictures by celebrated pair Gentl & Hyers.

32. Super Simple Baking for Kids

Charity Mathews
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
It’s a very easy cookbook for youngsters ages 6 to 12 to develop a lifelong love of baking.

Even the smallest hands are ready to begin mixing up delightful delicacies when it comes to baking. Super Simple Baking for Kids provides beginner bakers with the most enjoyable and simple-to-make recipes. Even adults will be tempted by the abundance of cookies, muffins, and cakes. Beginning with the basic concepts, children ages 6 to 12 will learn crucial baking skills such as how to separate eggs and knead dough. Once they’ve mastered these procedures, they’ll be able to confidently prepare over 55 delectable meals.

33. Mooncakes and Milk Bread

Kristina Cho
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Kristina Cho, a food blogger, introduces readers to Chinese bakery cuisine with fresh, straightforward renditions of classic recipes for the modern baker in Mooncakes & Milk Bread.

Sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, distinctive cookies, funny cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast meals, and beverages can be found within. Steamed BBQ pork buns, pineapple buns with a thick slice of butter, velvety smooth milk tea, and chocolate Swiss rolls all appear—because a book on Chinese bakeries wouldn’t be complete without them! Kristina shows you how to make these delectable treats like a pro.

34. Black Girl Baking

Jerrelle Guy
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Recipes with soul inspired by a soulful upbringing. Inspiring and creative cooking techniques to awaken your senses.

Jerrelle takes you on a pleasurable baking adventure through the five senses, reliving and reinventing culinary memories while utilizing ingredients that help her feel more in control of the world and the person she has become. Whole grains, less processed sugar, and vegan alternatives make it simpler to remember the beautiful experiences that shaped her into the woman she is today. Get caught in the fragrances, sounds, images, textures, and tastes of Black Girl Baking, and forget about your troubles.

35. Milk Bar: Kids Only

Christina Tosi
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
The creator of Milk Bar and Bake Squad offers over 85 outstanding, absolutely doable sweets and other fun-fueled delicacies for kids (or adults!) to prepare!

Milk Bar: Kids Only, dedicated to the next generation of young bakers, includes more than 85 fun and uplifting recipes to promote creativity in the kitchen, from Apple Pie Waffles to PB&J Cereal Treats to Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes to marshmallowy Choco Crunch Cookies. This is a cookbook that teaches culinary skills—ideal for youngsters and anybody beginning to bake—and reminds newcomers and seasoned bakers alike that a little personality goes a long way. Whether they’re turning a doughnut into a milkshake or making their own flavored kinds of butter to slather on biscuits, readers will find plenty of opportunities to experiment with recipes to let their imaginations run wild.

36. Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings

Yossy Arefi
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
50 simple, daily cake recipes prepared with few ingredients, one bowl, and minimal hassle will satisfy your sweet need.

These single-layered cakes are prepared in a single dish (no electric mixers required) and use items that are most likely already in your pantry. They’re baked in basic pans you probably already have and adorned with only the most basic embellishments: a coating of powdered sugar, a drizzle of glaze, and a dollop of whipped cream. These easy, comforting desserts range from Nectarine and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake and Gingery Sweet Potato Cake to Salty Caramel Peanut Butter Cake and Milk Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake. Yossy’s rustic, elegant approach mixes accessible, diverse tastes in innovative ways that allow youngsters to participate in the baking while being unique enough to serve guests or bring to potlucks.

37. Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate

Lauren Ko
Publication Date: October 13, 2020
In this magnificent full-color cookbook showcasing 50 extraordinary sweet and savory pie and tart designs, the pie-making genius behind the renowned Instagram account @lokokitchen unveils the secrets of her mind-blowing masterpieces.

Lauren unveils her secrets in Pieometry, giving anecdotes about her designs and the inspiration behind them. She describes the stunning piesasters that inspired some of her finest works and deconstructs her most exquisite designs, describing how to manufacture naturally-colored dough, complex weaving, and dramatic cut-out patterns. Pieometry gives clear, step-by-step directions accompanied by helpful images that any patient baker can follow in their own kitchens to make these pies from bottom crust to top crust. Lauren makes it simple to mix and match doughs, fruits, fillings, and decorations, and each recipe offers substitution ideas. Best of all, the completed pie and tart photographs are just as appealing to look at as they are to eat. Even if you make a few mistakes, her tastes will salvage the day!

38. Simple Cake: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake

Odette Williams
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
A nostalgic homage to the joys of handmade cake, gorgeously shot, and filled with simple mix-and-match recipes for a sweet boost any day of the week.

Everyone has a favorite cake flavor, whether it’s zesty and refreshing or chocolaty and decadent. Simple Cake, a love letter to her favorite confection written by Brooklyn apron and bakeware designer Odette Williams, has all of these recipes and more. Williams provides recipes for 10 base cakes, 15 toppings, and countless decorating options to create a treat for every occasion, such as Milk & Honey Cake, Coconut Cake, Summer Berry Pavlova, and Chocolatey Chocolate Cake. Williams also covers the principles of making perfect cakes, with proven recipes that can be whipped up whenever the mood strikes. Beautiful photos, along with Williams’ warm and emotional prose, lift this book to something truly unique.

39. Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season

Sarah Kieffer
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
Sarah Kieffer’s delightful holiday baking cookbook is filled with delicious, decadent recipes, warm winter photographs, and loads of seasonal happiness.

Here’s a festive holiday baking book. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, The Vanilla Bean Blog’s renowned baker, and originator of the “bang-the-pan” method, presents more than 50 delectable recipes for seasonal brunches, cookie swaps, and all those Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Delight family and friends with food presents, and create some delectable baked goodies to keep you going through the long winter months after the holidays. Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel are among the recipes.

40. Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland

Shauna Sever
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
A Love Note to the Great Midwest, America’s Heartland.

Everything from Bundt cakes to brownies can be linked back to the great Midwest when it comes to establishing what we know as all-American baking. Immigrant families from Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, France, and Italy baked their way to the American Midwest, imprinting pies, breads, cookies, and pastries that seem unmistakably home-grown. After more than a decade in California, author Shauna Sever returned to her Midwestern kitchen to rediscover the fabled, simple joys of home baking.

41. Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland

Matthew Jones, Justin Gellatly & Louise Gellatly
Publication Date: August 31, 2017
From sourdough to pizza, croissants to doughnuts, learn how to make bread and pastry at home.

The Bread Ahead Bakery in Borough Market is well known for Justin’s world-famous doughnuts, but it also houses their Bakery School, where many have learnt to create sourdough, croissants, Swedish ryebread, pizza, and much more. You may now do so from the comfort of your own home, thanks to this book. There include sections on English, French, Italian, American, Eastern European, and Nordic baking, as well as sourdough, gluten-free baking, and flatbreads. Last but not least, there’s a chapter on doughnuts, which covers all you need to know to make Justin’s famous ‘pillows of bliss,’ from vanilla custard to salted honeycomb.

42. Happiness Is Baking

Maida Heatter
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
A modern-classic compilation of Maida Heatter’s all-time best-loved, tried-and-true recipes from the bestselling “legend” of baking (New York Times).

Maida Heatter is one of the most famous and well-known cookbook authors of all time. Her recipes, each a modern classic, are must-haves in any home baker’s arsenal: her cookies, cakes, muffins, tarts, pies, and other sweets vary from the extravagantly extraordinary to the familiar and commonplace. Her brown-sugary Budapest Coffee Cake, minty Palm Beach Brownies, sophisticated East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, and a variety of other treats have won her thousands of fans. Happiness Is Baking is a lavishly illustrated new version of Maida’s best-loved recipes, with a prologue by Dorie Greenspan. These recipes, developed by expert cooks and beginners alike for reliable baking, exhibit Maida’s signature warmth, no-nonsense approach, and her pledge that they will work every time. Happiness Is Baking is the ideal present for everyone who enjoys baking or knows the joy of a delectable dessert.

43. Bake Up! Kids Cookbook

Nicole Hendizadeh
Publication Date: November 24, 2020
A savory and sweet cookbook that evolves with your child’s baking abilities, with step-by-step directions and images for each dish!

Beginning bakers aged 6 to 12 will master basic baking methods as they move from beginner to intermediate to pro chapter by chapter. Each level engages children with easy-to-follow, delectable recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, pizzas, muffins, and more. They’ll learn to make delicious treats for special occasions and holidays in the bonus level. With pictures for all 60 recipes, step-by-step instructions, and recipes organized by skill level, this cookbook prepares kids for kitchen success as they create tasty treats that will impress friends and family.

44. Stork: The Art of Home Baking

Publication Date: March 05, 2020
The best-kept baking technique of the century.

This delectable cookbook commemorates a century of baking with Stork, Britain’s most popular margarine brand. Stork is a favorite of both the Queen and the Queen of Baking, Mary Berry, who has been preaching its virtues for years. After a century at the heart of British baking, Stork provides their secrets for bringing out the best in your creations, including recipes for cakes, cookies, and other delectable teatime goodies!

45. Life Is What You Bake It

Vallery Lomas
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
The Great American baking show champion and the winner of the great British bake-off series. Boston Globe: One of The Ten Best Cookbooks of The Year.

Vallery Lomas, a popular baking celebrity and lawyer turned baker, releases her first baking book, which includes over 100 recipes ranging from Apple Cider Fritters to Lemon-Honey Madeleines and Crawfish Hand Pies to her Grandma’s Million Dollar Cake. Vallery presents traditional family recipes from her birthplace Louisiana, Paris, The Great American Baking Show (which she famously won! ), and, of course, sweets and breads inspired by her chosen homeland of New York City. Vallery’s “create lemon curd when life offers you lemons” concept will inspire thousands of bakers and admirers to uncover their inner warrior and bake their best life.

46. Three Ingredient Baking

Sarah Rainey
Publication Date: March 22, 2018
Have some fun in the kitchen with this game-changing compilation of over 100 delightfully easy baking recipes that only require three ingredients.

This handy selection of no-fuss goodies that promise fun in the kitchen will keep the whole family delighted. Three Ingredient Baking has 100 unexpected and stunningly simple recipes for cakes, biscuits, breads, sweets, savory bakes, and frozen delights, allowing you to use what you already have in your cabinets to produce deceptively delicious goodies that appear as they took five times longer. These are quick, fun, and inexpensive recipes for those on a tight budget, utter beginners, or anybody wanting to make something great at the last minute, including gluten-free and guilt-free alternatives.

47. Taste of Home Ultimate Baking Cookbook

Taste of Home
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Home chefs are exercising their baking muscles more than ever before, making from-scratch breads, golden biscuits, show-stopping cakes, snackable cookies, and other fantastic treats.

The Taste of Home Ultimate Baking Cookbook will reveal the secrets that today’s home bakers rely on the most. Do you want to make crescent rolls like your grandmother? For the best results, follow the how-to photographs. Do you want to know how to bake the ideal pie? See the detailed instructions for delicious success. Do you want to learn how to make sourdough bread? From sourdough starter to the perfect rise to the best bake, we’ll show you how. The entire chapters cover the fundamentals of yeast and quick breads, cheesecakes, pies, bagels, brownies, coffee cakes, cobblers, cookies, cakes for every occasion, and a plethora of other favorites!

48. The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez & Julia Turshen
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
With The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, Yahoo Food’s Cookbook of the Year, you can make real multiethnic breads from the New York City bakery with passion.

Hot Bread Kitchen may appear to be similar to other bakeries at first sight. The modest shop’s glass case is stocked with multigrain sandwich breads, sourdough batards, baguettes, and Parker House rolls. But so do sweet Mexican conchas, creamy m’smen flatbreads, small bialys with caramelized onion filling, and chewy Indian naan. In reality, the breads are as varied as the ladies who prepare them, as the recipes derive from their own countries. Hot Bread Kitchen is a bakery that trains and supports immigrant women by teaching them the skills they need to thrive in the culinary business. This social enterprise’s delightful byproduct is a line of genuine breads that you won’t find anywhere else. These ethnic jewels, which can be found at some of New York City’s top restaurants and hundreds of retail stores around the country, may now be cooked at home with The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook.

49. Baking at RĂ©publique

Margarita Manzke & Betty Hallock
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Margarita Manzke, a beloved Los Angeles baker, teaches the key doughs, batters, recipes, and clever methods for creating a wow factor and bakery-quality results at home in this stunning instructional.

Margarita Manzke, super-star baker and co-owner of Los Angeles hotspot RĂ©publique, takes bakers through her methods for perfecting texture and amplifying flavors, one inspiring photograph and brilliant trick at a time, for all who aspire to master brioche, croissant, pâte á choux, or even cookie dough and muffin and cake batter. Bakers will discover how to truly elevate their baking, whether they’re making Manzke’s Instagram-perfect chocolate chip cookies or her Philippines-inflected Halo Halo Cake, with chapters dedicated to teaching each dough or batter and 100 recipes that put the lessons to work, plus more than 125 helpful and inspiring photographs. Serious home bakers will enjoy in the game-elevating skills and tempting recipe twists contained in Baking at RĂ©publique.

50. Biscuiteers Book of Iced Gifts

Biscuiteers Baking Company Ltd.
Publication Date: March 08, 2018
With the aid of Biscuiteers, you can express your creativity through exquisite biscuits and detailed frosting.

Give unicorns to your pals, wellies to your father, love birds to your significant other, and an apple to your instructor. This book is brimming with ideal iced presents for everyone. This lovely book, filled with popular Biscuiteers designs as well as special creations you haven’t seen before, illustrates how simple it is to bake, ice, and assemble your own delectable biscuits and cakes at home. Whatever your preference, the award-winning Biscuiteers can help you make exquisite biscuit presents for any occasion.

51. Martha Stewart’s Fruit Desserts

Martha Stewart & Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Martha Stewart’s collection of 100+ trustworthy recipes for crumbles, crisps, pies, buckles, and more is brimming with gorgeous seasonal fruits.

Martha Stewart’s Fruit Desserts highlights easy-to-prepare dishes that accentuate the fresh, vivid tastes of fruit at its peak, from perfectly ripe peaches and plump, soft figs to crisp, honey-sweet apples and bright, juicy citrus. Warm-weather sweets like Red-Fruit Pavlovas, Vanilla-Rhubarb Tart, and Double-Crust Peach Slab Pie are popular in the spring and summer. Enjoy Apple Fritters, Fig and Almond Crostata, Poached Pear and Cranberry Pie, and Polenta-Grape Snacking Cake as the days become shorter and cooler. Whether you’re craving an old-fashioned countertop staple or a contemporary treat with an upscale twist, these cozy, delectable sweets will satisfy you all year.

52. Sugar, I Love You

Ravneet Gill
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Ravneet Gill grew up deeply attached to sweets. It’s been her buddy and steady companion for as long as she can remember, from dairy milk fruit and nut bars to kitkats, cornettos, treacle sponges, profiteroles, and more.

Rav is back to dish up some more nuggets to help you build up your baking armory after laying down the foundations and demystifying the complexities of baking in her debut book, The Pastry Chef’s Guide. MORE cheesecakes (with global influences), ultimate multi-layered, multi-textured cakes, and sweet doughs to plait, fold, and ice from babkas to frosted buns. Make the fryer your friend with homemade sweet bombolini, fritters, and churros. Sugar, I love you takes homemade patisserie to the next level with Rav’s unique aesthetic and easy-to-follow approach, with more images and full instructions from start to finish. Anecdotes and articles on ‘How not to be a sugar snob’ and ‘What to do when your dinner guest doesn’t eat sugar?’ are interspersed. This book is alive with color, flavor, and personality.

53. Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts

Brooks Headley
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
A dessert cookbook itself and a representation of a unique dessert chef.

Brooks Headley was in the back of a tour van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that never earned a penny, while other chefs paid their dues on restaurant lines and in cooking schools. Headley, a former executive pastry chef at New York’s Del Posto restaurant, produced odd dishes that reflected his atypical background: fruit was king, veggies were championed, acidity was essential, and simplicity was the aim.

54. Middle Eastern Sweets

Salma Hage
Publication Date: August 18, 2021
Salma Hage, one of the Middle East’s most popular home cooks, has released her latest culinary treat: a genuine, decadent compilation of dessert recipes for all tastes and occasions.

Whether you start your day with something sweet, end it with something sweet, or have sweets on hand all day, Salma Hage’s latest cookbook for home chefs will provide plenty of inspiration. The Middle East’s many cultures, foods, and influences shape the variety of meals she offers – spiced cookies, cream-filled pancakes, aromatic pastries, and delectable cakes – with simple-to-make recipes that highlight easy-to-find spices and flavor combinations. With natural sweeteners like dates and honey typically used in lieu of refined sugar, and other protein sources such as almonds and yogurt, and containing recipes that are naturally gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, and dairy-free, this is the ideal book for both ordinary family or celebration dinners.

55. In the Sweet Kitchen

Regan Daley
Publication Date: September 1, 2001
Regan Daley, a celebrated pastry chef, unravels the mystery of the baking process, explaining the “how” and “why” behind the components that go into making the perfect dessert, and provides home bakers with the tools and information they need to create delicious recipes of their own—in their own sweet kitchens.

Regan demonstrates that everyone, from total culinary novices to seasoned dessert chefs, can create a delicious dessert. The key lies in the components. Her more than 140 original recipes, simple enough for any home baker to prepare and focus on high-quality ingredients, range from the spectacular—Guava Cheesecake or Quince and Brioche Bread Pudding with Dried Sour Cherries—to the comforting—Really, Really Fudgey Brownies or World’s Sexiest Sundae. This book will serve as a complete, professional-quality reference of ingredients ranging from basic to unusual, as well as an outstanding collection of unique flavorings, for specialists. It’s a practical and appealing introduction to the once-mysterious art of baking for the newbie.

56. Natural Baking

Carolin Strothe
Publication Date: April 4, 2019
Learn how to make over 70 delectable low-sugar and sugar-free dishes, including healthier versions of classics like carrot cake, muffins, gingerbread, and hot cross buns. Every recipe tempts with a lovely snapshot of the final cake or bake.

The recipes use little or no manufactured sugar, instead depending on simple sugar substitutions and natural sugar substitutes like honey and seasonal vegetables. Foraged edible flowers cover rich chocolate muffins, and freshly picked berries pop out from between the layers of gorgeous cakes, providing a visual feast. The book, written by Carolin Strothe, a cook, food stylist, and creator of the award-winning blog Frau Herzblut, and her husband Sebastian Keitel, discusses the benefits of a low-sugar diet and dispels the misconception that healthy baking must be compromised. Carolin provides a seasonal calendar to help you pick the best ingredients, simple recipes for pantry staples like apple sauce and cashew cream, and advice to help you boost the appearance of your creations using natural colorings. Low-Sugar Baking allows you to create and enjoy desserts in a healthy, guilt-free manner.

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