A couple of weeks ago, Dara shared five of the great grilling books. But recently she got a question from a listener named Kate—what about baking? Well in honor of Kate, here are Dara’s favorite baking books for a good and easy life!
“The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” by, Zoe Francois and Jeffrey Hertzberg
Thomas Dunne Books
There’s no way you can spend 5 minutes preparing bread right? Wrong. This is a book that takes the seemingly difficult task of making bread and dials back the mystery, making the process as simple and fast as it could be. This new and updated edition of what is already a classic baking book includs a gluten-free chapter, all-new (really) gorgeous color photos, and plenty of informative black-and-white how-to photos. Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread. Got 5 minutes? Then you can enjoy it too!
“Pie & Pastry Bible”, by Rose Levy Berenbaum
Here’s a book for your sweet tooth. Pies, pastry and more than 300 recipes for the indulgent home-baker. Sounds good to us! You’ll get easy-to-follow recipes for (deep breath): fruit pies, chiffon pies, custard pies, ice-cream pies, meringue pies, chocolate pies, tarts and tartlets, turnovers, dumplings, biscuits, scones, crostadas, galettes, strudel, fillo, puff pastry, croissants (chocolate, too), Danish, brioche, sticky buns, cream puffs, and profiteroles. Sound like enough? I’ll take a croissant please.
“Cake Keeper Cakes: 100 Simple Recipes for Extraordinary Bundt Cakes, Pound Cakes, Snacking Cakes and Other Good-To-The-Last-Crumb Treats” by, Lauren Chattman
It might be the longest title in book history. Extra credit for being descriptive. Since we just covered pies and pastry, let’s head down the cake aisle. Using only the most wholesome ingredients, Lauren’s creations include Espresso-Hazelnut Bundt Cake, Banana and Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, Citrus Pound Cake, Raspberry Yellow Cake Squares, and Mississippi Mud Cake. She wrote this with the busy baker in mind. You’ll see how to make cakes like mom used to but in a lot less time.
“Slice & Bake Cookies: Fast Recipes from your Refrigerator or Freezer”, by Elinor Klivans
Another book for the busy baker. Sensing a theme here? The idea of baking is great but the time it takes doesn’t work for so many people in our fast-paced world. So “Slice & Bake Cookies” is another one that helps you economize your time while still whipping up great baked goods. There are 50 recipes that are quick to mix up, stash in the refrigerator or freezer, and have at the ready to slice and bake whenever a sweet craving strikes. Also includes tips on decorating, serving, storing, and even shipping. A great resource.
“The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book”, by Editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine
Boston Common Press
“The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book” is an authoritative baking reference and recipe collection for those who want to learn how to bake and for those who want to bring their baking skills to a higher level. It’s pretty much anything you’ve ever wanted to master, from cookies, cakes, pies, and tarts, to biscuits, breads, pastry, and more. It’s really an encyclopedia for bakers and a great book to have on hand no matter what you’re looking to bake!