Whether you're a novice baker or an accomplished pâtissier, the best new baking cookbooks are always worth a read. Here are a few by bestselling authors, well-known food bloggers, commercial bakery owners and famous TV personalities.
"Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love" by Cheryl and Griffith Day
New York Times best-selling authors Cheryl and Griffith Day return with their second baking cookbook, overflowing with more than 100 new recipes and DIY projects to share with family and friends. Their first hit book, "Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook," was an instant success, so why not spread the love with more handcrafted and scratch-made pastries, breads, pizza, brownies, cakes and Southern goodies?
"The Sweetapolita Bakebook" by Rosie Alyea
Famous food blogger Rosie Alyea's lavishly sprinkled baking cookbook, "The Sweetapolita Bakebook" (inspired by her blog of the same name) represents her first published cookbook with over 75 luscious recipes that are bound to please. Decorated with pastel buttercream frostings and countless colored sprinkles, Alyea's layer cakes, whimsical cupcakes, cookies and desserts are to die for. According to Angie Dudley (aka Bakerella) — best-selling author of "Cake Pops" — "The Sweetapolita Bakebook" is filled with wonder and whimsy that's sure to delight your buttercream dreams.
"Donna Bell's Bake Shop" by Pauley Perrette, Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusky
Pauley Perrette, best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the TV hit series "NCIS," is the author of the best-selling cookbook "Donna Bell's Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food" along with best friends Darren Greenblatt and Matthew Sandusk. Named after her late mother Donna Bell, Perrette co-owns the Manhattan-based Southern-style bakery the book is titled after. Recipes include Donna Bell's famous made-from-scratch southern buttermilk biscuits, banana scones, apple sausage muffins, peanut butter bars, turtle cupcakes, hummingbird bread pudding and cinnamon rolls.
"My Paleo Patisserie" by Jenni Hulet
If you're interested in grain-free baking but still crave traditional bakery-style pastries, Jenni Hulet's gorgeous cookbook is a must-have for your paleo kitchen! A "choose your own adventure" style approach to baking — and mix-and-match combinations with which to express your own creativity — promises hundreds of potential gluten-free and paleo-inspired recipes. From nut-based and nut-free cakes to egg-free and grain-free baked goods, this extravagantly photographed cookbook is a gold mine of innovative patisserie quality recipes. "This book has a lot of great content," according to Hulet. "No matter what sort of limitations you're dealing with, it's very likely going to have something that will work for you."
"Dessert For Two" by Christina Lane
Who wants to make a three-layer cake only to throw half of it away? Instead, make just enough dessert for you and the other one at the table! Christina Lane's new baking cookbook specializes in everyone's favorite after-dinner treats, but reconfigures her Southern-style recipes using miniature cake and spring form pans, mini gratin dishes and ramekins to satisfy two people. She also uses her baking sheets, loaf pans and muffin tins with her small batch recipes to make 10 to 12 cookies instead of four dozen. According to Lane, "I don't need eight extra slices of cake tempting me from my fridge. Nor do I appreciate two dozen leftover cookies."
Spring and Summer Releases
For more of the best new baking cookbooks, consider these appetizing publications as well:
"Naked Cakes: Simply Stunning Cakes" by Hannah Miles
"Cookie Love: More Than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary" by Mindy Segal and Kate Leahy
"Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery" by Rosie Daykin
"Cookie Craft: Baking & Decorating Techniques for Fun & Festive Occasions" by Valerie Peterson
Spend this summer creating luscious baked goods from this year's best new baking cookbooks. Pick up copies from your favorite bookseller or your local library.
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