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06-05-2006, 12:08 PM
I have faithfully followed the 'Pillsbury complete book of baking' for all my baking (my absolute favorite book) but now that I feel more confident about baking, maybe I should branch out :)
Why I like this book -
It covers pretty much everything - cookies to bread. I have consistently been able to produce scrumptious baked goods (people in DH's old workplace loved me - I baked so many cookies and cakes for them). It's organized very well and the instructions are easy to follow.
I'm hoping to find one which has more healthful recipes or suggestions for healthier substitutions. I'm too chicken to mess around with substitutions when it comes to baking.
So please share your faves.

06-05-2006, 07:15 PM
My favorite baking book is King Arthur Flour's Baking Companion. It covers a very broad spectrum and has a tons of helpful information. It has a wonderful chapter explaining ingredients and lots of technique tips. However, many of the desserts don't exactly fall into the healthy category. They do have great recipes for multigrain breads and things since they are a flour company. King Arthur also has some great recipes on their website as well. Their free traveling baking show is definitely worth going to if it comes to your neighborhood :)

I'd suggest looking at the healthy magazines for recipes at the library. I know many of the cooking & baking magazines publish yearbooks.


The Review Mommy
06-05-2006, 07:20 PM
I knew someone was going to be asking this question soon! ;) I’m a cookbook lover and have read *MANY*. I check them out at the library first so I only buy the best. My collection so far includes timeless classics. (mostly) It all started when I read a review off Amazon by B. Marlod. I had no idea there was such a crazy cookbook world out there lol! I made a binder of his reviews that I like to flip through when it comes time to visit the library or convince DH why I’d like to purchase a particular book.

Here are my baking favs:
Baking with Julia: Sift, Knead, Flute, Flour, and Savor…by Dorie Greenspan
Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Deserts
Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts

I also like Martha Stewart’s new Baking Handbook and The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion. It looks like they are going to release a new book out soon with nutrition in mind. That would be worth a look-see.

There are a ton of great books on baking, so have fun shopping! Just read a B. Marlod review first before taking the plunge.


06-05-2006, 08:26 PM
I'll second the King Arthur book - it's wonderful! Their Cookie Companion cookbook is equally good. Healthy? Well, maybe not, but SOOOO worth it. ;)

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06-08-2006, 11:45 AM
Thanks all. I will check the books out.