B(M)aking Magic: New Baking Books, Magazines, and More for the Holidays (and Beyond)

‘Tis officially the season for baking! 

Hanukkah means tasty treats like rugelach, and Christmas means lots of cookies—not to mention cakes, breads, and so much more.  

Here are some new baking books available at your Library to give you novel ideas and inspiration to prepare delectable cookies, cakes and other scrumptious treats, whether as desserts for your upcoming holiday gathering, to share with loved ones, or for cozy winter afternoons at home.  So just tie up that apron, and get your measuring cups and mixing bowls ready…

(Descriptions are take from the publishers)

All About Cookies by Christina Tosi

A mind-blowing collection of new cookie recipes and inspiration to create your own masterpieces, from the founder of Milk Bar, host of Bake Squad, and inventor of the original Compost Cookie.  Through over 80 recipes, she shows us how to mix and match ideas, flavors, and textures to make you into a cookie wizard yourself.

Bake : My Best Ever Recipes For The Classics by Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood (of The Great British Baking Show) shares his best ever recipes for classic bakes: cakes, biscuits and cookies, breads and flatbreads, pizza and doughnuts, pastries and pies, and showstopping desserts. From classic cakes like Victoria Sandwich and Chocolate Fudge Cake, through brilliant breads like foolproof Sourdough, to savoury and sweet pastries like Sausage Rolls and Danish Pastries, these are the only recipes you’ll need to create perfectly delicious bakes time and time again.

Baking School : Lessons And Recipes For Every Baker by King Arthur Baking Company

King Arthur’s expert teacher-bakers share the secrets of baking bread, pie, pastry, cake, cookies, and more.  They focus on the “how” and “why,” not just following directions.

Batch Baking : Get-Ahead Recipes For Cookies, Cakes, Breads And More by Cynthia Barcomi

Barcomi revolutionizes the way we bake. Simply make a dough, bake now or keep for later. Stock self-made doughs, batters and frostings in the fridge or freezer so you’re ready to bake what you want when you want.

The Cake Collection : Artisan Baking For The Cake Enthusiast by Brian Hart Hoffman

Find a cake for every occasion – from marble swirled Bundts to sophisticated sheet cakes and an epic primer on classic birthday cakes.

Chetna’s Easy Baking : With A Twist Of Spice by Chetna Makan

A brand-new baking collection from Bake Off’s Chetna Makan, with over 80 deliciously-tempting recipes that combine her love of simple home cooking with creative flavor twists.

The Dessert Cookbook For Beginners : 100 Simple Recipes For The New Baker by Heather Farmer

This beginner’s baking book is packed with super simple recipes for classic favorites and creative new flavor combinations, from Red Velvet Cupcakes to Raspberry-Rhubarb Pie.

The Essential Book Of Vegan Bakes : Irresistible Plant-Based Cakes And Treats by Holly Jade

No eggs, no dairy, no problem-vegan desserts are as decadent and show stopping as ever in this debut cookbook. Holly’s recipes are accompanied by her own gorgeous photography, as well as specialized tips on baking with vegan ingredients, from aquafaba to coconut cream. 

Fabulous Modern Cookies : Lessons In Better Baking For Next-Generation Treats by Chris Taylor

Reinventing America’s most traditional handheld dessert–the cookie–Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin offer 100 reliable and exciting recipes that are sure to impress. From Salted Honey Drops to Black-Bottom Lemon Squares, and Coffee Bean Crunchers to Bronze Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, these are next-level cookies.

50 Things To Bake Before You Die by Allyson Reedy

This heavenly collection of dessert recipes–gifted to us from the greatest bakers and chefs, from smal-town café owners to fancy restaurateurs to TV personalities–is a call to arms, to action, to revolution! Or, at the very least, a call to turn on the oven. Because who has time for the third-best brownie recipe or so-so chocolate chip cookies? 50 Things to Bake Before You Dies will encourage you to bake with reckless abandon via easy-to-follow recipes for world-class desserts.

Gluten-Free Baking : Recipes From The Famed Chambelland Bakers Of Paris by Nathaniel Duboin

Chambelland offers an exclusive menu featuring all sorts of breads, biscuits, and pastries-including focaccias, pissaladieres, muffins, and chouquettes-all made from rice and other naturally gluten-free flours.

Good & Sweet : A New Way To Bake With Naturally Sweet Ingredients by Brian Levy

Groundbreaking recipes for real desserts-sweetened entirely by fruit and other natural, unexpectedly sweet ingredients-from a pastry cook who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants in New York and France.

The One-Bowl Baker : Easy, Unfussy Recipes For Decadent Cakes, Brownies, Cookies And Breads by Stephanie Simons

 These recipes are ideal for bakers with limited time or counter space, since there’s no need for fussy extra steps like separating wet and dry ingredients. With Stephanie’s time-saving tips and tricks, making desserts from scratch will be as breezy and low-effort as any boxed mix–but much more delicious.

The Savory Baker : 150 Creative Recipes, From Classic To Modern by America’s Test Kitchen

This unique collection, one of the few to focus solely on the savory side of baking, explores a multitude of flavor possibilities. Get inspired by creative twists like gochujang-filled puff pastry pinwheels or feta-studded dill-zucchini bread. And sample traditional baked goods from around the world, from Chinese lop cheung bao to Brazilian pão de quejo.

Snackable Bakes : 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes For Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets And Treats by Jessie Sheehan

Sheehan explodes the snackable sweets scene with 100 recipes that minimize time but maximize fun. Peppermint Stick No-Churn Ice Cream, Summer Peach Fritters, Extra Crumb Snacking Cake, Deeply Chocolaty Baked Donuts with Buttermilk Glaze and Sprinkles are just some of the treats that come to life in this crave-worthy cookbook.

Magazines & Digital Resources:

For more baking ideas and inspiration check out these magazines available via Libby.

Courses on cookie, pie, and bread making, as well as cookie/cake decorating, are available on Universal Class for Livingston Library cardholders.

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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