What does every baker and cook have in their kitchen? Cookbooks. Lots of cookbooks and recipes. They collect them, they mark favorite recipes and they use them to experiment with new techniques and new dishes. You will want an assortment of cookbooks for your kitchen as well, it’s a matter of choosing which cookbooks to have on hand.
With the advent of the Internet you now have access to literally millions of recipes. You can download and print recipes off of most websites, plus food makers and equipment makers will post recipes that feature their products. This is a great way to discover new meal ideas but there is the problem of storing these recipes and still have quick access to them. Think of recipes and cookbooks as important kitchen tools.
We Still Use Cookbooks
That’s where old fashioned paper cookbooks come into play. A good cookbook will not only stir your imagination, it will give you instructions on how to follow your imagination with a new recipe. I like cookbooks that are well written in simple terms and have images to help you create the dish that you are working on.
There is a huge variety of cookbooks available and while it would be nice to be able to own them all, common sense dictates that you need to narrow your focus (and keep your pocketbook safe!). I have reviewed quite a few cookbooks, some concentrating on bread, some on desserts and some on meats and vegetables. The three listed below are my favorite dessert cookbooks, although I do have 5 or 6 church cookbooks that have outstanding dessert recipes in them. The three reviewed below are my go-to cookbooks when I am looking to create a fun and delicious dessert. All are well illustrated and are well written, you will be able to make any of the recipes with a minimum of fuss.
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Tasty Dessert: All the Sweet You Can Eat
There is nothing subtle about this cookbook-it’s all about sweets. Tasty is a social media network for food and this cookbook features over 70 of the most popular recipes from their users. All have been tried repeatedly and perfected, there are no surprises with any of these recipes. What you will find in this cookbook are practical, easy to create recipes for cakes, pies, cookies and other desserts. The photography is very good and the instructions are clear. If you are looking for great dessert recipes, check out this title.
This is an example of how the recipes are laid out in the book. They are easy to follow and explain every step you need. I really like the fact that there are no complicated techniques involved with any of the recipes.
Happiness Is Baking:Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake
Maida Heatter was known as the Queen Of American Baking. Sadly she recently passed away at age 102 but she was a powerful voice in American baking. Her easy to follow recipes were legendary (the results were always fabulous) and her chocolate chip cookie recipe is often re-printed in “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie” articles. Even food snobs praised her wonderful East 62nd Street lemon cake (be sure to try this recipe!).
This cookbook uses illustrations instead of photography and the images are outstanding. The recipes are fool-proof and there are many useful tips and shortcuts that you will use in other recipes. The details in the recipes are concise and easy to follow, this is a very well done cookbook.
BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
Relatively new, this fun cookbook concentrates on desserts associated with America. My favorite is homemade Oreos, I had a blast making them and the results were a hit with my family. Being a chocolate freak I also love the glossy fudge brownie recipe. The recipes are clear and easy to follow and nothing is too complicated, even a beginning baker should be able to make these recipes.
This well-written cookbook won the 2018 James Beard Award for baking and desserts. You will love some of the fun recipes meant for kids, plus there are recipes for special events and themed parties. Another great addition to your cookbook collection.