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favorite baking book to give as a bridal shower gift?

Please suggest your favorite baking book that might be enjoyed by a young bride.

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  1. sweets, savory, or all purpose? and by young, do you mean inexperienced baker?

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    1. re: Madrid

      has some experience - meant young in age - 25? would like any and all recs of books that people have used and loved

      1. re: smilingal

        I give Bittman's How to Cook Everything to newlyweds who want to learn how to cook, and don't have many recipes in their repetoire. It's not a baking book, but it's a great general cookbook that includes a number of easy to follow recipes for breads, muffins, cakes, pies, desserts and other baked goods.

        Edit: oops, didn't realize cheesehead in recovery already recommended How to Cook Everything.

    2. The set of 7 Maida Haetter dessert books, especially 'Book of Great Desserts'. Her recipes are perfect and unscrewupable.

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      1. If not the Heatters, the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook is a good one.

        1. I personally like the king arthur flour books....they cover a range of sweet, savory, bread, etc. well-tested and you can call them toll free to ask for advice on any recipe. I also love Savory Baking by Mary Cech, but this is not a basic book.

          1. I would suggest Flour. She leaves no room for error and great recipes.

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