I agree with Patrincia - Rose’s books are the best by far for desserts and sweets. I love how she gives weights for her recipes, the scale is my best friend. And the way she pays such attention to detail, giving hints and tips and descriptions of the steps.
I love her Christmas Cookie Book. I also like Mrs. Field’s for cookies. I have Carole Walters Cake, Pie and Cookie books, and I have to say, I am not thrilled with the Cake and Pie book. Everything I have made from them has flopped, and badly. I consider myself to be a good baker, so it’s got to be her recipes, not me. I do like her Cookie book. I am not going to waste money on the Coffee Cake book, sorry Carole.
Malgieri’s books are good too, Desaulniers definitely has the lock on chocolate desserts. I also like Baking with Julia, and Dorie Greenspan’s Baking, From My Home to Yours. I have Rosie’s books, nothing really exciting in those.
For cheesecake, for my taste, there is none to compare with Rose’s.