10 Great Baking Cookbooks

It’s always great a time to learn a new skill.  One of the things that millions of Americans are experiment with right now is baking their own items at home.  We have some great baking cookbooks available for download here on OverDrive / Libby and several that you can pick up curbside at all three locations as well.  Get out that flour, yeast, fruit, or whatever ingredients you have and try something new this week for a meal or just for a snack.  There are some FABULOUS sweet treats here.  Check them out.

 

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A must-have baking bible from the James Beard award–winning baker and owner of the beloved Flour bakeries in Boston.

James Beard award–winning baker Joanne Chang is best known around the country for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Chang has published two books based on the offerings at Flour, such as her famous sticky buns, but Pastry Love is her most personal and comprehensive book yet. It includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery—for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. Nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others, and that passion comes through in every recipe, such as Strawberry Slab Pie, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake. The recipes start off easy such as Lemon Sugar Cookies and build up to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. The book also includes master lessons and essential techniques for making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more, all of which make this book a must-have for beginners and expert home bakers alike.  —  Goodreads.com

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From the creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook for kids comes the ultimate baking book. America’s Test Kitchen once again brings their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS!

BAKING ISN’T JUST FOR CUPCAKES

Want to make your own soft pretzels? Or wow your friends with homemade empanadas? What about creating a showstopping pie? Maybe some chewy brownies after school? From breakfast to breads, from cookies to cakes (yes, even cupcakes!), learn to bake it all here. You can do this, and it’s fun!

Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 5,000 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels–including recipes for breakfast, breads, pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and more
Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen
Testimonials (and even some product reviews!) from kid test cooks who worked alongside America’s Test Kitchen test cooks will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks.
By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.  — Goodreads.com

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Making classic baked goods more flavorful with whole grains, nuts, fruits, and healthy fats. Plus, tasty gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.

After more than a dozen years developing recipes for food and health magazines and collaborating with noted pastry chefs, Genevieve Ko was determined to create treats that were just as indulgent as their original counterparts, as well as more full flavored and nourishing. In a word, better. Healthful oils prove superior to butter, giving Mocha Chip Cookies crisp shells and molten insides, liberating the citrus in Lemon Layer Cake with Olive Oil Curd, and tenderizing Melting Walnut Snowballs. Refined white sugar pales beside concentrated sweeteners like pure maple syrup, brown sugar, and molasses in muffins and granola. Pomegranate Pistachio Baklava uses reduced pomegranate syrup instead of the usual saccharine one. Nubby flours with personality—whole wheat, spelt, rye, buckwheat, graham flour, and almond flour—bring richness to such desserts as Glazed Apple Cider Doughnuts. And pureed fruits and vegetables (beets in Red Velvet Roulade with Strawberry Cream Cheese; grated zucchini in Chocolate School Party Sheet Cake) keep desserts extra moist.  — Goodreads.com

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The ultimate resource for bread-lovers with 500 tried-and-tested recipes, with every one photographed.  — Goodreads.com

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The Comprehensive, Must-Have Resource for Today’s Baker from former pastry chef and award-winning baking expert Abby Dodge.
The Everyday Baker is the ultimate resource for anyone who likes, loves, or lives to bake. This definitive collection serves as a delicious roadmap through a baker’s sweet and savory kitchen and includes over 176 foolproof, innovative recipes all featuring must-know tips and techniques, comprehensive instructions, 80 stunning photographs of the finished dishes, and almost 1,000 step-by-step photographs designed to revolutionize the home baking experience to help bakers of all skill levels bake with confidence and authority.

So go ahead and roll up your sleeves, pull out the flour, heat up the oven, and get ready to wow your family, friends, or even customers with the best dessserts and baked goods of your life. Because when it comes to this particular brand of sweet success, it’s all in the techniques, it’s all in the flavors, it’s all in the passion…and it’s all in The Everyday Baker!  — Goodreads.com

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The ninth book in the bestselling series from American Girl, American Girl Holiday Baking features over 45 delicious recipes for young chefs to bake for the holidays. Inspiring photography, ideas for planning festive celebrations, and plenty of helpful cooking tips make this book the perfect gift for the budding chef in your life.

During the holidays, there’s no more cozy way to spend an afternoon than in the kitchen baking treats for your family and friends! And with more than 50 enticing recipes for sweet treats to mark the season, American Girl Holiday Baking is the perfect inspiration for young chefs everywhere.

From mouthwatering Thanksgiving pies to spectacular Christmas cookies, winter-themed cupcakes, chocolate candies, and nut brittles, there’s a special treat to celebrate every occasion during the winter season. In these colorful pages, aspiring young chefs will find fantastic ideas for home-baked gifts that are perfect for sharing, plus decorating tips, packaging ideas, and super-fun ways to be creative—while filling the home with the wonderful aromas of holiday baking.

Sample recipes include:
Snowy Gingerbread Trees
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Peppermint Swirl Macarons
Pumpkin-Spice Snickerdoodles
Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Pie
Chocolate-Raspberry Tartlets
Holiday Star Tart
Snowflake Cupcakes
Sticky Toffee Puddings
Sugar-and-Spice Popovers
Candy Cane Bark
Chocolate Walnut Toffee

In addition to essential baking tips and safety knowhow, discover fun skills like piping and flooding icing, transforming sugar cookies into ornaments, frosting cakes, and rolling dough like a pro. The recipes can be made with everyday cookware and kitchen utensils.

Whether you want to make spectacular cookies for a cookie exchange party, seasonal cakes and tarts for a special dessert, or homemade candies and confections for gifts, this beautifully photographed collection of recipes will become a new holiday treasure and tradition. — Goodreads.com

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In the most comprehensive book of its kind, Mark Bittman offers the ultimate baker’s resource. Finally, here is the simplest way to bake everything, from American favorites (Crunchy Toffee Cookies, Baked Alaska) to of-the-moment updates (Gingerbread Whoopie Pies). It explores global baking, too: Nordic ruis, New Orleans beignets, Afghan snowshoe naan. The recipes satisfy every flavor craving thanks to more than 2,000 recipes and variations: a pound cake can incorporate polenta, yogurt, ricotta, citrus, hazelnuts, ginger, and more. New bakers will appreciate Bittman’s opinionated advice on essential equipment and ingredient substitutions, plus extensive technique illustrations.

The pros will find their creativity unleashed with guidance on how to adapt recipes to become vegan, incorporate new grains, improvise tarts, or create customized icebox cakes using a mix-and-match chart. Demystified, deconstructed, and debunked—baking is simpler and more flexible than you ever imagined. — Goodreads.com

 

 

 

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Cupcake favorites and dessert classics from the pastry chef and creator of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

When Candace Nelson started Sprinkles, America’s first cupcakes-only bakery, in 2005, people thought she was crazy. “What else do you sell?” they’d ask. But Sprinkles sold out on opening day . . . and hasn’t slowed down since!

Now, in her first cookbook, Candace opens up her recipe vault to bring you 100 irresistible desserts she can’t live without. You’ll learn all the secrets for making 50 beloved Sprinkles Cupcakes, from iconic red velvet to new flavors created exclusively for the book, like crv®me brvªlv©e.

But Candace doesn’t stop there. She shares the recipes for her all-time favorite cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, bars, and other treats, plus delicious guest recipes from Sprinkles friends like Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Michael Strahan. The Sprinkles Baking Book is filled with all-American classics that will appeal to everyone in your family and on your dinner party guest list. So, don’t hold back. Treat yourself to this sweet cookbook and share in the fun!  — Goodreads.com

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A comprehensive, visual collection of more than 80 master recipes (with variations) for gluten- and allergen-free breads, muffins, scones, cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, and more, developed and refined by a baking instructor/pastry chef to achieve stellar results every time.

JAMES BEARD AWARD FINALIST – IACP AWARD FINALIST

Despite the volume of gluten- and allergen-free baking books on the market, it’s still surprisingly difficult to find recipes that work every time. Enter Gluten-Free Baking at Home, a compendium of tried-and-true gluten- and allergen-free baked good recipes that everyone will love. Using customized flour blends, high-quality whole foods, and inventive flavor combinations, these recipes present gluten-free baking at its best. From cookies to cobblers, and quickbreads to muffins, all the beloved bakehouse classics are included, such as Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Bread, Brioche, and Biscuits. Using techniques from a long-time gluten-free baking master, you’ll learn how to make moist cakes, flakey pies, light and airy yeast breads, and so much more. The recipes are designed to be free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and eggs–with numerous substitutions for each that still achieve wonderful results. Lavishly photographed with step-by-step instructions, this is an indispensable guide to gluten-free baking for everyone.  — Goodreads.com

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