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Top Cookbooks of 2008: Baking

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Written by foodie pam   

ImageIt’s that time of year again; time that is, for the Project Foodie Top Cookbook choices.  This year the selection was a team project with Carolyn, Heather, Peggy and I each selecting our favorite recipes from one of four categories: Baking, General, Seasonal and Specialty. Over then next few posts we will share our choices, starting today with the top Baking cookbooks of 2008.


Image "Martha Stewart's Cookies''  by Martha Stewart. Cookies are my favorite thing to bake, and I've been wanting to bake everything from this book ever since I got it. There are two features of this book that I especially love. One, there are photos of every cookie. And two, the chapters are divided into cookie texture types, such as "Light and Delicate,'' "Soft and Chewy,'' and "Rich and Dense.'' Must try recipes: Chewy Molasses Crinkles, and Brown-Butter Toffee Blondies. – picked by Carolyn Jung


"The Modern Baker” by Nick Malgieri. I was immediately enticed with this book for its smart design, enticing photos, and simple, yet mouthwatering recipes.  Nick takes a casual and straightforward approach to sharing his baking experience that I enjoyed reading in full - within days of getting my hands on the book. It is a general baking cookbook with recipes that appeal to a wide variety of tastes including breads, pastries, pies, cakes, cookies and other sweets.  While you won’t find a lot of details behind the principles of baking, you will find a lot of great recipes.  – picked by Foodie Peggy and Foodie Pam 

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Recipes to try: Breton Apple PieChocolate Orange Hazelnut Tart & Cocoa Nib Brownies


Dessert Express: 100 Sweet treats you can make in 30 minutes or less by Lauren Chattman. A recent addition to my collection but a welcome one, perfect for us non-bakers with a real sweet tooth.  All 100 of the recipes are beyond simple and look incredibly delicious.  I wonder if I could really get through all 100.  So far I’ve tried 4 “Pears with Goat Cheese & Honey”, “Bread Pudding”, “Beer Battered apples”, and “Sour Cherry & Cheese tarts”. – picked by Foodie Heather and Foodie Peggy  

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Recipes to try: Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies & Fresh Blueberry Upside-Down Cakes



Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois. Technically this book was published in fall of 2007 but I used it so much during 2008 that I couldn’t resist adding it to the list for this year.  You no longer have an excuse for not making homemade bread with this ingenious technique.  I love the Ciabatta and Challah bread recipes. – picked by Foodie Heather 

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Recipes to try: Ciabatta & Challah



 “BakeWise” by Shirley O. Corriher.  Reaindg through BakeWise made me feel like I was chatting with Shirley about baking while baking.  She has a great knack for explaining the details and has organized BakeWise with the intent of teaching us about Baking.  The recipes are great and with each you’ll learn more about baking.  Her chapter on cookies was so interesting I simply had to make a batch of cookies right then and there.  And the result was everything she said it would be.  Must try recipes include the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies and Shirley Corriher’s Touch-of-Grace Southern Biscuits. - picked by Foodie Pam

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Disclosure: Review copies of books discussed in this post may have been provided to Project Foodie by publicists and/or publishers.


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