Books I Recommend

Over the years, I have acquired a collection of over 1500 cookbooks. These books are ones that I reach for, whether I want to make a different take on a dessert or for a savory dish as I love to cook as well. Featured books here are my current favorites. There is also a gallery list of other favorites as well. 

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The Fearless Baker                                         by Erin McDowell  (2017

Erin is an accomplished food stylist and explorer of recipes. She will help you become the baker of your dreams. I lvoe Erin and her work so much I wrote the foreword!

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chocolate palmiers 


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Baking Style                                             by Lisa Yockelson  (2014) 

Lisa is a highly trusted cookbook author and friend. I love all her books and Baking Style is the most recent, and IACP Best Baking Book of the Year 2012. She does all the baking and exquisite styling for all her books which include:

Chocolate Chocolate (IACP Best Baking Book of the Year 2005)

Baking by Flavor (IACP Best Baking Book of the Year 2002)



The Artful Baker                                           by Cenk Sommezsoy (2017)   

I discovered Cenk through his Cafe Fernando website. This is one of the most beautiful baking books ever and the recipes are just as beautifully and carefully written.

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Orange Appeal                                           by Jamie Schler (2017)  

I met Jamie at the IACP 2017 conference and knew I was going to love her upcoming book. Here it is now and I love everything I"ve made from it. Don't miss the orange wedding chicken!


Gallery of My Other Favorites

Click on the books to rotate through these favorites. 


Sweet                                                            by  Ottolenghi & Goh (2017)

I'm a huge Ottolenghi fan. I cook from his Jerusalem and Plenty and this new baking book in collaboration with Helen Goh is beautiful and enticing.

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Pie in the Sky                                               by Susan Purdy  (2005)

When we are asked questions about high altitude baking, we always direct bloggers to this book. Susan gives accuracte adjustments for four different altitudes from the sea level which she tested first hand by baking at these locations.

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On Food and Cooking                                  by Harold Mc Gee (1994)

No one gives a better understanding of ingredients and the tools to create new recipes. This invaluable book belongs in every kitchen.