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Sep 25, 2011 11:12 AM

Good dessert/baking cookbooks with plenty of pictures?

Can anyone recommend some dessert cookbooks that includes pictures for a large portion of the recipes?

I'm pretty new to baking/desserts so it really helps to be able to see what the final product should look like.

Instructional cookbooks with step-by-step pictures that show you how to do things would be really helpful as well


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  1. dorie greenspan's "baking from my home to yours" has pix of the finished products, user-friendly instructions and suggestions for tweaking the recipes.

    print pix in books are very expensive to reproduce. for step-by-step pix, you may be better off with blogs and internet videos.

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      1. Nick Malgieri's latest book called Bake! would be a good instructional book that has many photos per recipe illustrating the technique as well as the finished product. His excellent book, Modern Baker, has a photo for just about each recipe. I concur with hotoynoodle that the Dorrie Greenspan is great as well.

        1. There are some excellent photos in the old Time-Life "Good Cook" series. Available on eBay, if you don't mind used. My "Pies & Pastries" volume is about one half instructions (illustrated in color) and one half recipes.

          1. 4th vote for Dorie's book - one of my favorite baking books of all time.

            'Bon Appétit Desserts' has fantastic recipes though not a photo for every one.
            David Lebovitz's 'Ready for Dessert' has many photos though again not one for every recipe but the recipes are gorgeous.
            Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' covers all kinds of baking and there is more or less a photo for every recipe.

            None of these have step-by-step instructions but they are all straightforward books.