New bakers alert! The following is a list of the best baking books to help you learn more about the art of baking and the science behind making delicious recipes.
These books include recipes for all types, ranging from classic favorites to ones with unique flavors.
If a pastry chef learns baking basics and basic techniques at school and accelerates learning through apprenticeships, where do home bakers learn how to bake?
The answer to this question is as unique and diverse in its own way. For some, baking can be an outlet for creativity, while others use it as a means of preserving family recipes from generations.
There isn't one clear-cut way that everyone learns how to bake though I believe we all have our individual methods.
Some learn through mistakes by making every recipe from the best baking cookbook inherited from their grandma.
Others take a baking course to learn Baking 101 first, then practice artisan bread baking with Paul Hollywood’s Bread in their hands.
We all have different skill levels and learn in different ways, but baking cookbooks are a great way to dive into baking.
Whether you are a sourdough bread lover or a Mary Berry fan, the best way to enjoy foolproof recipes is through cookbooks.
Start with simple recipes and sharpen your baking skills and knowledge over time.
Best baking books for beginners
Rose's Baking Basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Rose Levy Beranbaum, the godmother of desserts, has come up with an ingenious way to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. This book contains recipes for all sorts, including chocolate sheet cake and peach cobbler. The author created such recipes that will indeed become your go-to recipes. There's no limit when it comes to getting creative, thanks to Mrs. Beranbaum.
Baker Bettie’s Better Baking Book by Kristin Hoffman
Baking can be intimidating for new bakers, but the baking basics book makes it easy to learn. This book contains step-by-step instructions and helpful tips that even experienced cooks will find illuminating. In addition, the engaging writing style is perfect if you start baking from scratch together with Kristin Hoffman, aka Baker Bettie.
The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
This baking book is the perfect gift for any budding baker. It has easy recipes with foolproof instructions, new ideas, and showstoppers that will leave your guests speechless through celebrations. This comprehensive guide promises to inspire complete dedication from whoever reads it - whether you're just starting in the kitchen or looking back at old skills before moving on to something new again.
The All-Purpose Baker's Companion
This book created by experts from the King Arthur baking company is the ultimate baking resource for aspiring chefs. It includes hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes, such as yeast bread or sourdoughs to cakes and cookies with quickbread brownies!
The Fearless Baker by Erin McDowell
Erin McDowell has got you covered with her comprehensive guide on how to upgrade any baked good from peach coconut macaroon to black bottom crème brûlée. She gives tips for achieving that perfect texture in each recipe and teaches her readers everything they need to know about pairing flavors together.
Baking Science by Dikla Levy Frances
The joy of baking is limitless, but science can be hard to get your head around. However, with this guide, you'll never have any more trouble understanding what goes into each and every bake that comes off your oven. From bread all way down through cakes - you're sure not going wrong when it's compiled by Dikla Levy Frances, who knows her stuff about baking up perfection every time.
100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer
This beautiful book is the perfect addition to your cookie collection. It features stunning photos and detailed instructions so you can get a great bake every time, like Sarah Kieffer's pan-banging chocolate chip cookies or neopolitan cookies!
The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
The delicious, exquisite cakes that Rose Levy Beranbaum can make are the result of her decades-long experience in cake baking. Her book has been translated into many languages and sold worldwide. If you love baking, it is a must-have cookbook.
All About Cake by Christina Tosi
This cookbook is the ultimate guide to cake baking, with recipes that will delight any palate. From Christina Tosi's famous naked cakes and truffles or bundt cakes to two-minute mug cakes and slow cooker banana chocolate peanut butter cake - there are many different desserts covered here!
The Book On Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell
Learn the secrets of making perfect pies with this fantastic cookbook by Erin Jeanne McDowell. She created a whole chapter devoted to pie crust and gives tips on how you can add more flavors and decorate the pie.
How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
The perfect cookbook for anyone with an appreciation of fine food and flavors, this book contains over 220 beautifully illustrated recipes. With easy-to-follow instructions written in the style that made Nigella Lawson so famous, it teaches you how to enjoy baking and find happiness while doing so.
Pastry Love By Joanne Chang
The author has an inspiring passion for baking and sharing with others. This comprehensive book includes eight chapters with 125 dessert recipes, as well as how to gift sweets in moderation so they can be enjoyed guilt-free!
Macaron School by Camila Hurst
Here is the ultimate resource for making perfect macarons. If you get started in French macaron making, let Camila Hurst guide you. With ten shell flavors and 40 drool-worthy recipes for fillings, you will surely learn the macaron making in no time.
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
This book is an excellent addition to your baking library. It will teach you how to make a basic country loaf or more adventurous sourdough with detailed explanations and pictures. It is a bread bible created for beginners in mind!
The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani
This is the most comprehensive pizza book by 12-time pizza World Champion Tony Gemignani. The book covers regional American pizzas, Italian-style pizzas, and some Italian-American side dishes.
Baking Just Like Oma by Gerhild Fulson
This book is a must-have for any foodie looking to expand their German baking repertoire. Easy recipes followed by metric and US unit measurements, tips, and tricks are perfect for those without prior baking experience - making everything more accessible.
Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich
The book is a fantastic resource for both gluten-free bakers and anybody who wants to experiment with alternative flours. The author Alice Medrich guides the readers through taste, texture, and components pairing and utilization in this beautiful guide that investigates oat, corn, and other flours.
The Flavor Bible by Andrew Dornenburg
Here is a perfect guide to creating "deliciousness" in any dish, not only baked goodies. Learn to work intuitively and effectively with ingredients and experiment with temperatures or textures. Excite the nose through spices and other seasonings that will bring out your food's flavor while balancing sensuality/emotional needs at home too!
Kids baking books
Isn't it the best way to inspire your kids to head into the kitchen and start baking by presenting them with a good baking cookbook? Let them make memories...
The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs
With over 100 recipes from America's Test Kitchen and over 5,000-plus kids' baking trials, this book is the best foolproof and approachable kids' cookbook. Children will learn baking basics along with making cupcakes, pizzas, and even bread.
Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook
This kids' baking cookbook is bright and colorful with spiral-bound glossy covers for easy cleanup. It features 50 recipes ranging in difficulty from very easy (mug cake) to more complicated ones like crepes, for example.
American Girl Baking
Two companies, Williams-Sonoma and American Girl, partnered to create a girly baking cookbook with over 40 delicious recipes for cookies, cupcakes, and more. It is indeed a perfect gift for any girl interested in baking.
The Super Easy Teen Baking Cookbook by Marlynn Jayme Schotland
With 60 beginner-friendly recipes, this book is the next step to making teens feel comfortable in the kitchen. They will learn how to create their own sweet and savory baked goods from scratch - without any help from adults.
Sourdough Baking with Kids by Natalya Syanova
The author of this book, Natalya Syanova, is a sourdough queen who has created an excellent beginner's guide to introducing the secrets
behind bread baking. Each recipe in her collection includes different
ingredients and techniques for children's hands-on learning with Dad or Mom!
Learning to bake is an ongoing process, from the Baking Basics E-course to reading cookbooks and taking master classes.
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I hope this post will help inspire your everyday baking. The books listed above are just a few, 23 exactly, and there is no way I could cover them all without making pages of notes about each one.
But don't worry. I am leaving room for discussion by asking your favorite authors or baking experts. Just comment below.
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