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slycat's picture

I am looking for a new dessert/baking cookbook. I have Dorie Greenspan's Baking and use it a lot, but I am looking for something new. I have tons of cookbooks, but only a few that focus on just baking. So I am wondering what some of your favorites are?? Please enable me....


Cathy

RuthWells's picture

(post #62975, reply #1 of 19)

What sort of baking are you interested in? Dorie's book is a great home-style baking manual. Are you interested in more of that type, or other areas of focus?

I love Gale Gand's "Just a Bite", Rose Levy Berenbaum's "The Cake Bible", and "The Art of the Cake" by Bruce Healy, to name just a few.

Ruth Wells

And PS, if you haven't yet tried Dorie's cranberry-lime galette, DO SO! It is fabulous.

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Edited 10/29/2008 8:38 pm ET by RuthWells

Ruth Wells

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slycat's picture

(post #62975, reply #2 of 19)

I guess I should have been more specific. I love to bake bread and have lots of bread books. I bake cookies and have a my favorites there too. But when it comes to other desserts I don't do much of those. I like Baking from My House to Yours because it has lots of different types of baking options. So I guess I am looking for one more book like this to have. I just put Bakewise on hold at my local library. But wondered what all of you liked.


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #62975, reply #3 of 19)

I like almost all of Rose Levy Berenbaum's books.  She has one on Christmas cookies, and one called Celebrations.  There was also the Baker's Dozen, which she had a hand in, and several more, including The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible, and The Bread Bible.  One thing I've always liked is her availability.  She has a web site, publishes errata (every cookbook has some) and answers questions. 


Flo Braker is another good author.  She wrote Sweet Miniatures and The Simple Art of Perfect Baking.




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slycat's picture

(post #62975, reply #5 of 19)

I have her cookie book, and use it. I will check out her other books.


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helena1's picture

(post #62975, reply #4 of 19)

Baking by flavor from Lisa Yockelson is a good one. And Maida Heatter has some nice books, as has Susan Purdy, but they're mostly not coffee-table quality (no pictures).


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RuthWells's picture

(post #62975, reply #9 of 19)

If you like chocolate, go for Alice Medrich's "Bittersweet". Emily Luccetti's "A Passion for Desserts" is another one with a wide variety of items. And of course, "Baking with Julia" is a classic.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com


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Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

Marcia's picture

(post #62975, reply #10 of 19)

I'm also very fond of The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook. It may be too basic for you, but I love it, since I'm a pretty basic baker. ;-)

Marcia's picture

(post #62975, reply #6 of 19)

Do you have Baking With Julia, which was edited by Dorie Greenspan? It's a must have IMO.

Sondra's picture

(post #62975, reply #7 of 19)

I love Dorie's book, also just got Carole Bloom's Baking Book, loads of great recipes, instructions are terrific too.


And don't forget Abby Dodge's Weekend Baker, it's a winner.

bwf17's picture

(post #62975, reply #8 of 19)

The first three I reach for are:  Pastry Queen, Magnolia Street Bakery Cookbook and Tartine.

 
poppav's picture

(post #62975, reply #11 of 19)

Jacques Pepin's Sweet Simplicity is a very good book for making desserts with fruits.

jaq's picture

(post #62975, reply #12 of 19)

Baker's Odyssey. It comes with a DVD too!

teebee's picture

(post #62975, reply #13 of 19)

I love Susan Purdy's "The Family Baker." It has a little bit of everything, and it's all good. I also like Abby Dodge's "The Weekend Baker." She has a lot of recipes in FC, so you might want to search some on the website first to see if they look interesting.

slycat's picture

(post #62975, reply #14 of 19)

Well I headed to B&N today to get a book for school, (I am a teacher) and of course ended up looking at cookbooks. I looked at everyone's suggestions and could not make up my mind, I wanted them all. I glanced over and there was The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. I stood there reading it for a long time and ended up buying it. It is wonderful. I will keep this list however and will check some of these out of the library to help me make up my mind. Thanks everyone!


Cathy

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #62975, reply #15 of 19)

Baking with Julia. You definitely need this one.

SuB's picture

(post #62975, reply #16 of 19)

Don't forget The Baker's Dozen Cookbook.  I second Tartine, and Four Star Desserts by Emily Luchetti. 


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(post #62975, reply #17 of 19)

I found an incredible website, www.betterbaking.com which is devoted to everything baked. It is run by a woman named Marcy Goldman, who has since put out three cookbooks, all of which I have bought. Her latest, "A Passion For Baking", is outstanding. Breads (her bagels are so good...), loaves, muffins (Java Streusel Banana Muffins), cookies, pies, cakes, desserts (Cheesecake Truffle Bombs), fabulous scones. Passion is a good title, as her enthusiasm is contagious.  She is an outstanding baker and all her tips and guidelines are so helpful.  It is such a perfect addition to any baker's collection because you will find yourself referring back to it time and time again. I've made at least a dozen recipes, and each one is better than the last. Try this cookbook; you will not be disappointed!

Canuck's picture

(post #62975, reply #18 of 19)

I like her first book, which I think is called The Best of Better Baking.com. I like the Lawsuit Muffins. She sends out a newsletter once a month too.

LuciaK's picture

(post #62975, reply #19 of 19)

I second the motion for "Family Baker." King Arthur Flour baking books are excellent, as well. I love the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (the one in the orange binder) and have been tempted by the ATK Baking Book (blue ringbound), but haven't picked it up yet.


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