Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Baking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. 100 Cookies: The Baking Book for Every Kitchen, with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

From celebrated blogger Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog ! 100 Cookies is a go-to baking resource featuring 100 recipes for cookies and bars, organized into seven chapters. Chocolatey, fruity, crispy, chewy, classic, inventive —there's a foolproof recipe for the perfect treat for everyone in this book. • Introduces innovative baking techniques • Includes an entire chapter dedicated to Kieffer's "pan banging" technique that ensures crisp edges and soft centers for the most delicious cookies • Nearly every recipe is accompanied by a photograph. Recipes range from the Classic Chocolate Chip made three different ways, to bars, brownies, and blondies that reflect a wide range of flavors and global inspiration. This is the comprehensive-yet-charming cookbook every cookie lover (or those who love to bake cookies) needs. • Recipes include Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies, Olive Oil Sugar Cookies with Blood Orange Glaze, Red Wine Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Bars, and Pan-Banging Ginger Molasses, S'mores Cookies, Snickerdoodles, and more • A great pick for the home baker who loves cookies, as well as fans of Sarah Kieffer's blog and Instagram • You'll love this book if you love cookbooks like Sally's Cookie Addiction by Sally McKenney; Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan; and The Perfect Cookie: Your Ultimate Guide to Foolproof Cookies, Brownies & Bars by America's Test Kitchen.

  • Author: Sarah Kieffer
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

2. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker. There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country. In Flour Water Salt Yeast , Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere. Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeas t has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet. Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.

  • Author: Ken Forkish
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1607742739
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 0.95 x 10.27 inches

                 

3. Nadiya Bakes: Over 100 Must-Try Recipes for Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies, and More: A Baking Book


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

The host of the beloved Netflix series Time to Eat and Nadiya Bakes and winner of The Great British Baking Show  returns to her true love, baking, with more than 100 delicious,  Americanized recipes for sweet treats. When Nadiya Hussain, the UK's "national treasure," began cooking, she headed straight to the oven--which, in her home, wasn't used for baking, but rather for storing frying pans! One day, her new husband asked her to bake him a cake and then... she was hooked! Baking soon became a part of her daily life. In her newest cookbook, based on her Netflix show and BBC series Nadiya Bakes, Nadiya shares more than 100 simple and achievable recipes for cakes, cookies, breads, tarts, and puddings that will become staples in your home. From Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits and Key Lime Cupcakes to Cheat's Sourdough and Spiced Squash Strudel, Nadiya has created an ultimate baking resource for just about every baked good that will entice beginner bakers and experienced pastry makers alike.

  • Author: Nadiya Hussain
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0593233733
  • Dimensions: 7.68 x 0.88 x 9.93 inches

                 

4. Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

When Chris Bianco started Pizzeria Bianco in the back corner of a Phoenix grocery store in 1988, he had no idea that he would become a driving force in the artisanal pizza movement. All he knew was that his food would reflect the respect and sincere intention that he brings to each of his recipes, as the result of his relationships with farmers, local producers, customers, and staff.  Now a James Beard Award–winning chef—the first pizzaiolo to receive the honor—and the owner of the legendary pizza mecca, Chris Bianco brings us a full- color, fully illustrated cookbook that illuminates the fundamentals of pizza making and the philosophy behind Chris’s cooking. The book features recipes for his signature pizzas as well as strategies and techniques for translating chef’s methods to the home kitchen.  Bianco celebrates both the simple and the nuanced, revealing the methods that lead to the perfect crust, the sweetest tomato sauce, the creamiest mozzarella, and the most expertly balanced flavor combinations. It also features recipes for salads, antipasti, and dessert options, as well as family meals that are cooked behind the scenes and a new array of big plates showcased at Chris’s highly regarded restaurants. With its attention to detail and tips for making unforgettable, flavorful pizzas, Bianco is an essential manual for anyone serious about pizza, pasta, and more.

  • Author: Chris Bianco
  • Publisher: Ecco; Illustrated edition (July 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

5. Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her first cookbook, Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes. IACP AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Bon Appétit • NPR • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Salon • Epicurious “There are no ‘just cooks’ out there, only bakers who haven't yet been converted. I am a dessert person, and we are all dessert people.”—Claire Saffitz Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person , fans will find Claire’s signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe—like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)—as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.

  • Author: Claire Saffitz
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 20, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1984826961
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1 x 11.3 inches

                 



6. The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook: Hands-Off Recipes for Perfect Homemade Bread


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

Essential guidance and simple recipes for making delicious loaves with your bread machine Finally, a cookbook that shows you how to use your bread machine for its intended purpose―convenience! Create your own fresh, piping hot loaves quickly and easily with The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook , where you’ll find hassle-free recipes for making mouthwatering homemade bread. These recipes use easy-to-find ingredients and require minimal work on your part―just throw everything in your bread machine and let it work its magic. Whether you have a 1-pound, 1.5-pound, or 2-pound bread machine, these set-and-forget recipes will serve as your fail-proof foundation for exciting new bread creations. This bread-making book includes: A variety of tasty breads ―Enjoy a range of sweet and savory breads, including vegetable breads, Cheese breads, spice and herb breads, fruit breads, and more. Bread machine info ―Familiarize yourself with the cycles and settings of the most popular bread machine models. Troubleshooting tips ―Make the perfect loaf every time with practical pointers for solving common problems like sunken tops and gummy texture. No hard-to-find flours, no added gluten, no checking every 10 minutes to see how your bread is rising. The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook makes bread-making easy.

  • Author: Michelle Anderson
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (August 16, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1623157531
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches

                 

7. Tartine Bread


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

The Tartine Way — Not all bread is created equal The Bread Book  "...the most beautiful bread book yet published..." -- The New York Times, December 7, 2010 Tartine — A bread bible for the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book!  It comes from Chad Robertson, a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States, and co-owner of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. At 5 P.M., Chad Robertson’s rugged, magnificent Tartine loaves are drawn from the oven. The bread at San Francisco's legendary Tartine Bakery sells out within an hour almost every day. Only a handful of bakers have learned the techniques Chad Robertson has developed:  To Chad Robertson, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. Chad Robertson developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. Bread making the Tartine Way:  Now it's your turn to make this bread with your own hands. Clear instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos put you by Chad's side as he shows you how to make exceptional and elemental bread using just flour, water, and salt. If you liked  Tartine All Day  by Elisabeth Prueitt and  Flour Water Salt Yeast  by Ken Forkish, you'll love  Tartine Bread !

  • Author: Chad Robertson
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (October 29, 2013)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

8. Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

New York Times bestseller The pie-making genius behind the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen reveals the secrets of her mind-blowing creations in this gorgeous full-color cookbook featuring 50 incredible sweet and savory pie and tart designs In a few short years, Lauren Ko made all hell bake loose, going from novice pie baker to internet star and creator of today’s most surprising and delightful pie and tart designs. Her unique geometric style uses fruit and dough cut and woven into stunning shapes to highlight color and texture. With an elegant symmetry that matches their knockout flavor, her dazzlingly intricate and inventive designs look difficult to produce, but can be achieved with little more than a knife, ruler, and some patience. In Pieometry, Lauren reveals her secrets, sharing stories about her designs and the inspiration behind them. Warm and funny, she recounts the spectacular piesasters that led to some of her best creations, and breaks down her most beautiful designs, describing how to make naturally-colored dough, intricate weaves, and striking cut-out patterns. Pieometry provides clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful photographs, which any patient baker can follow to build these pies from bottom crust to top in their own kitchens. Lauren makes it easy to mix and match doughs, fruits, fillings, and designs, and each recipe includes suggestions for alternative ingredients. Best of all, the beautiful finished pie and tart photos are just as much of a treat to look at as the pies are to eat. But even if you make a mistake here and there, her flavors save the day! When it comes to flavor, Pieometry offers a balance of sweet and savory pies that are a feast for the senses, including: Of a Shingle Mind: Honey ricotta tart with an herbed pastry shell and beets Berried Treasure: Lavender blackberry cream with a shortbread crust and berries Wave of Wonders: Cardamom coffee cream with a shortbread crust and pear Once in a Tile: Pumpkin black sesame pie with a black sesame crust C and Easy: Butternut bacon macaroni and cheese pie with a whole wheat cheddar chive crust Squiggle Room: Grilled cinnamon pineapple pie with a basic butter crust Whether you want to impress at the holidays or just spruce up a family meal, Pieometry is your guide to transforming a rustic traditional dessert into a modern masterpiece.

  • Author: Lauren Ko
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Illustrated edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

9. The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home [A Cookbook]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

The James Beard and IACP Award-winning author of Flour Water Salt Yeast  and one of the most trusted baking authorities in the country proves that amazing pizza is within reach of any home cook.  “If there were ever to be a bible for all things pizza—and I mean all things—Ken Forkish has just written it.”—Marc Vetri, author of  Mastering Pasta  and owner of Vetri The Elements of Pizza breaks down each step of the pizza-making process, from choosing a dough to shaping your pie to selecting cheeses and toppings that will work for your home kitchen setup. Forkish offers more than a dozen different dough recipes—same-day “Saturday doughs” that you can make in the morning to bake pizza that night, levain doughs made from a naturally fermented yeast starter, and even gluten-free dough—each of which results in the best, most texturally sublime crust you’ve ever made at home. His clear, expert instructions will have you shaping pies and loading a pizza peel with the confidence of a professional pizzaiolo. And his innovative, seasonal topping ideas will surprise and delight any pizza lover—and inspire you to create your own signature pies, just the way you like them.

  • Author: Ken Forkish
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (April 19, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1607748380
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches

                 

10. The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Baking - August 2021

A  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you'll ever want or need. Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you'll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie, to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions. Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it's almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you.

  • Author: Erin Jeanne McDowell
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (November 10, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-0358229285
  • Dimensions: 7.94 x 1.15 x 10 inches