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Good basic baking cookbook for a teen?

Discerning1 Jun 26, 2009 05:48 PM

I need to get a present for a 13-year-old girl who likes to bake sweets. I'd like to get her a good baking cookbook that will move her to the next level. Something that explains techniques as well as recipes.

The party is tomorrow! Help!

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    AngelSanctuary Jul 1, 2009 03:26 PM

    Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for More Food: Food X Mixing + Heat = Baking

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      pengcast Jun 29, 2009 12:54 PM

      What a wonderful gift. My babysitter loves to bake and I found a great book tfor her hat may only be available in Canada. It is a cancer resesarch fundraiser titled the Complete Canadian Living Baking Book. It is beautiful and I think at Tabi stores it was $15 or $18. It is a great step beyond starter baking but not too terribly fussy.

      If you ever get a chance, have a look.

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        JudiAU Jun 28, 2009 09:14 PM

        Another great idea is to a simple magazine like Good Food. My nephew loves it and the recipes are simple and involve real ingredients.

        1. pamalamb Jun 28, 2009 07:19 PM

          The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book is phenomenal. Every recipe I've tried - from waffles to croissants - has turned out great. They also mark the recipes that are good for beginners, and there are tons of pictures, especially of the more difficult things to explain (like how to work with croissant dough, both as you're making the dough and as you're shaping the rolls).

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            buttertart Jun 29, 2009 10:30 AM

            Thanks for this, I have been debating taking the plunge on this one. Good to know it is useful.

          2. Discerning1 Jun 27, 2009 10:08 PM

            Thank you everyone. I looked at all the recommended books, which were all really good and decided on Malgieri because it had more photos that I thought she'd appreciate.

            Of course, every time I go cookbook shopping, I end up buying one for myself. I found a used copy of "One Pot Spanish"(stews and paellas) by Penelope Casas which looks good.

            Thanks, Chowhounds!

            1. chowser Jun 27, 2009 07:14 AM

              Bakewise is good if she loves details and wants to know the "whys" of what she's doing. I like America's Test Kitchen's Best Recipes series, too--there is a Best Baking. They talk about different recipes, what happened when they tried different things but isn't as detailed on the scientific explanation as Bakewise. Everything I've tried from the Best Recipes Baking has been good. I've read Bakewise but haven't tried the recipes (library book and didn't have time).

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                Kelli2006 Jun 26, 2009 10:17 PM

                I'd recommend Nick Malgieri's cookbook " How to Bake" because it would not be intimidating introduction for a teen.

                I love Bakewise and Rose Levy Beranbaum's book but the detail might intimidate a beginning baker, unless they have a detail oriented personality.

                1. Caralien Jun 26, 2009 07:33 PM

                  Fannie Farmer, Joy of Cooking, even Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cookery.

                  13 year olds have a lot more interest, passion, and knowledge than most people think. There's no need to dumb it down.

                  1. pikawicca Jun 26, 2009 05:59 PM

                    "Bakewise" great recipes, with thorough explanations of why they work and how to apply their techniques to other recipes.

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                      Cinnamon Jun 28, 2009 09:46 PM

                      I think Bakewise would be terrific - that will set her up to be an even better baker for life. I would not worry AT ALL about it being intimidating.

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