December 2006 Cookbook of the Month: Your Suggestions Needed (Baking)
Hello, hounds! For December, we're planning to select a baking cookbook, and we need your help in narrowing down all the wonderful baking books out there to 2-3 titles for the voting thread. Do you have a favorite baking book, one that you reach for around the holidays? If so, make a suggestions below!
Please keep in mind the following criteria as you make suggestions:
-- a book that can accommodate beginner to more advanced cooks
-- a book reasonably well-known which folks might be able to find in their libraries
-- a book on general baking would be preferable to a single-subject baking book (such as only cakes or pies), at least for this month
Please post your suggestions here, along with your comments. Then I'll narrow down our choices to two or three titles and post the thread for votes on November 10th. I look forward to reading your suggestions! Thanks for participating.
Well, here's a suggestion to get this thread started: "The Fannie Farmer Baking Book", by Marion Cunningham. I think it meets the criteria redwood2bay has listed. I happened to see it touted somewhere here in Chowhound's pages. I just *barely* bake, and would love to learn something new from this tome!
I have a couple ideas:
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Rose Levy Baranbaum Pie & Pastry Bible or Cake Bible
CIA Baking at Home
a Maida Heatter dessert cookbook -- chocolate desserts, desserts, cookies, or cakes
Nigella Lawson -- How to be a domestic goddess: baking and the art of comfort cooking
The Simple Art of Perfect Baking by Flo Braker
I want to rescind my recommendation of Flo Braker since it's old and may not be widely available (my library doesn't have a copy)
I want to echo a recommendation for Dorie Greenspan's Baking from my home to yours -- it's new and received rave reviews including a starred review from Publisher's Weekly: "covers all the baking bases, from muffins, cookies and brownies to spoon desserts, pies and cobblers. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, and Greenspan uses everyday ingredients readily available to the home chef."
I'm not a big dessert person, so I'm looking forward to having fun with a whole new category of cookbooks! I bought "The All-American Dessert Book" by Nancy Baggett (great reviews) this year and it looks good, though I haven't made anything from it.
Open to anything, though would especially like it if the book had a nice section on gift-giving treats for the holidays.
Funny, I tend to find my dessert sources from a variety of places, but never a "dessert" only cookbook. I'm flexible and fairly indifferent as to which book. I love making cookies and brownies because a cake is too much for two people to eat. Ok, maybe it isn't, but the two of us don't need to finish a whole cake by ourselves...
But, I agree with Rubee, it would be great to have a book that has a section on holiday gift treats.
Baking From My Home To Yours / Dorie Greenspan
Baking HandBook / Martha Stewart
Pie / Ken Haedrich
Bittersweet / Alice Medrich
Pie and Pastry Bible / RLB