Books for Better Baking

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Whether you’re looking for some new recipes to spice up the holidays or just want to become a more efficient baker, the library has many different books to help you out. Try one of these baking cookbooks for insight and inspiration:

The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro by Erin Jeanne McDowell – A popular baking columnist for the online community Food52 explains how to master, innovate and personalize favorite baking recipes, including Apple Cider Pie and Strawberry Popovers, through the mastery of the principles behind how ingredients interact.

A New Way to Bake from the kitchens of Martha Stewart – A collection of classic recipes inspired by recent trends in healthier ingredients, from whole-grain and nut flours to alternate milks and sweeteners.

One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals From the Oven to Your Table by Molly Gilbert – A follow-up to Sheet Pan Suppers shares 135 new recipes for single-pot meals, instructing busy home cooks on how to make creative variations of meat and vegetable dishes as well as a variety of treats.

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks – A collection of recipes and variations that celebrates classic American desserts, covering everything from chocolate chip cookies and ice cream sodas to fudge brownies and blueberry muffins.

The Harvest Baker by Ken Haedrich – A collection of sweet and savory recipes that incorporate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs into all types of baking features such options as muffins, scones, flatbreads, calzones, cookies, cakes, and pies.

Better Baking: Wholesome Ingredients, Delicious Desserts by Genevieve Ko – A seasoned baker offers secrets for making desserts that are healthy but put taste first, using flavorful whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and fruit and the right balance of butter, oil, and sugar.

The Everyday Baker: Recipes & Techniques for Foolproof Baking by Abigail Johnson Dodge – over 150 recipes, with step-by-step photographs, for the home baker, including donuts, scones, cookies, turnovers, pies, cakes, baguettes, croissants, and tarts, complemented by must-know tips and techniques.

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes From My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan – A collection of simple contemporary French dessert recipes, including Parisian macarons, bubble eclairs, fall-market galette, and apple tarte flambâee.

Have a Hearty Harvest

Use the recipes in these new cookbooks to make something delicious out of the last produce of the season.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball (formerly of America’s Test Kitchen)

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 New Recipes From The Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating In America

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman

Sweet: Desserts By London’s Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

Trim Healthy Table: More Than 300 All-New Healthy and Delicious Recipes From Our Homes To Yours by Pearl Barret & Serene Allison

Nourish Yourself

Find a recipe that will improve your health, or maybe just your day, in one of these new cookbooks.

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100 Weight Loss Bowls: Build Your Own Calorie-controlled Diet Plan by Heather Whinney

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The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well by Kate O’Donnell

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Japan From the Source: Authentic Recipes from the People That Know Them Best by Tienlon Ho

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Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton

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One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time by Jessica Murnane

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The Saffron Tales: Recipes from the Persian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan