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Great Cakes

by Carole Walter

Carole Walter has had a love affair with baking since she was a child. That passion has flowered into a professional career that has taken Walter around the world to study baking and the culinary arts with renowned chefs in Austria, Denmark, France, and Italy, as well as in the United States. For twenty years she has been sharing this wealth of expertise with her own students, and now she shares it with you.

With Carole Walter at your side, you will be able to achieve professional results every time. Her clear instructions and invaluable tips will help you avoid the common pitfalls that every baker, no matter how experienced, faces from time to time.

Many of the cake recipes in Great Cakes can be baked in under an hour and don't require frosting or filling, yet they are attractive enough to serve to company. Here are recipes for Old-Fashioned Pound Cake and Streusel Lemon Torte, Chocolate Marble Cheesecake and Italian Purple Plum Cake, and more - over 250 recipes in all.

You'll also find an array of basic butter cakes, jelly roll cakes, coffee cakes and cheese cakes, as well as cakes that have fruit, nuts, and vegetables as their main ingredients. Once you've mastered the basics, you can go on to fillings, frostings, glazes, and toppings for glorious results.

A complete compendium of cake recipes, this is the only cake baking book you'll ever need, the one you'll use again and again to make simple yet utterly delicious cakes for your family and friends. Great Cakes is more than a "cookbook" - it's a baking course between two covers.

Luscious Lemon Desserts

Lemon dessert recipes, Lori Longbotham, former Gourmet Magazine editor, has put together, with beautiful color photos, the most scrumtious lemony desserts We can imagine. We highly recommend this book, especially if you are a lemon addict...

A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking

by Marcy Goldman

"We came upon this delightful cookbook by Marcy Goldman when we were looking for just the right recipe for the Jewish holiday Passover. This is a very informative cookbook with so much history of the Jewish holidays combined with  recipes. No matter if you are looking for traditional or more modern dessert recipes to serve during the Jewish holidays, or if you are just looking for great dessert recipes for making for friends and family at any time of the year, then this cookbook is for you."

America's Test Kitchen

by Cook's Illustrated

"This is the cookbook that goes along with the TV Series, and it is created by Christopher Kimball at Cook's Illustrated Magazine. It's a great book, with wonderful color and black and white photos throughout showing the scenes from the series. It covers everything from soup to nuts. Very informative, especially if you watch the series"

The Cake Bible

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

"A lovely book by a great baker, with beautiful photos. From one of the world's best cake makers"

The Pie and Pastry Bible

by Rose Levy Beranbaum

"Rose Levy Beranbaum, 3 time winner of Beard and Child Awards, has come up with another winner. More than 300 wonderful pastry recipes for all of us to love. Definitely, a Cookbook to Savour"  

The Baker's Dozen Cookbook

by: Rick Rodgers and Flo Braker

"The Baker's Dozen is a San Francisco Bay Area group that shares their knowledge and skills of baking with others to help with instructional, very useful information for new and experienced bakers alike. Accompaning every recipe is, there is an equipment and ingredient glossary, as well as notes that help anyone who wants to make these recipes to make a better finished product. We highly recommend this book as one to definitely have in your cookbook library as one of the best books on baking that is around today"

Beard On Bread

by James A. Beard,

"One of the best cookbooks on Bread, if not THE best, by America's most reknowned expert on American Food. James Beard's knowledge of baking was a real gift to modern bakers of this century. In this, the diffinitive book of bread baking, Beard takes us from Classic White Bread, to Brioche, and of course to the wonderful Whole Wheat. Beard invites us in with his informative, clear and easy recipes that make us want to start baking these wonderful breads right away"

Nick Malgieri's Perfect Pastry

by Nick Malgieri

 "Nick Malgieri's techniques in this cookbook of pastry making are explained so well, and the recipes have pictures or diagrams to show just how these pastry recipes should be prepared."

Joy of Cooking


by Irma Von Starkloff Rombauer, Irma S.Rombauer, and Marion Rombauer Becker

 "Some of the cookbooks we recommed are not just on Baking and Desserts, but on all-purpose cooking, "

"The best all-purpose cookbook written, and the one Julia Child says "It's the one book she'd keep if she could only have one English title on her shelf". The 5,000 recipes are well organized by the meal and the ingredients. You will find all your mother's and grandmother's favorite recipes and be able to make them as simply as possible. This is another "must have" cookbook"

Professional Baking, Trade, 3rd Edition

by Wayne Gisslen

"Anything and everything you'd want to know about baking, especially for the Home Baker who wants to know all the professional bakers techniques, etc. We highly recommend this book that includes recipes from the Le Cordon Bleu Cooking school, and is written and presented so beautifully by Wayne Gisslen. There are 350 full color photographs included in this special book"

Chocolate Desserts

by Pierre Herme

"Just a beautiful book to look at and dream over, even if you don't want to attempt to make these wonderful chocolate desserts by renowned pastry chef, Pierre Herme', although some are not too difficult.Along with our other highly recommended book on Chocolate:  La Maison Du Chocolat, by Robert Linxe, these books just make you want to run out and buy some wonderfully decadent chocolate desserts to bring home and eat. Both of these books have recipes a Home Baker can make with not alot of struggle, and others are a bit more complicated, but even so, we can espire to greatness looking at these Chocolate delicacies"

In The Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker's Companion

by Regan Daley

"Another "must have" book on sweets, and a wonderful guide for the Home Baker. This book was awarded by the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of The Year (2001), which it well deserves"

Baking With Julia -

"This book goes along with the long running PBS Series, Baking With Julia, and of course, it is a wonderful addition to anybody's cookbook library. Here, Julia Child invites into her kitchen, great pastry chefs, whom she bakes with on this series. Everything is touched upon, from Brioche to Croissants, to flakey pie crust, and on and on. It is a wonderful Julia Child cookbook, that comes highly recommended, as all of Julia's books"

Basic Baking:

 Everything You Need to Know to Start Baking plus 101 Luscious Dessert Recipes that Anyone Can Make

by Lora Brody.

"A great book for anyone who enjoys baking , novice or experiened baker's alike. An extremely informative book that not only gives you wonderful recipes, but also great reference information"

Gale Gand's Just a Bite :

125 Luscious, Little Desserts

"There are 125 luscious little dessert recipes in her book which provide us with a selection of cookie, candy and cake goodies. Great ideas for when you're having a Tea party for you and your friends, or for the kids, or a special Valentines Day" Dessert"

Butter Sugar Flour Eggs :

Whimsical Irresistible Desserts


"Another informative cookbook by Gale Gand, cookbook author, restaurant owner, and host of the Food Network's show Sweet Dreams. Gale definitely has a way with desserts, and this book, a collaboration with her husband and chef, Rick Tramonto, is no exception. There are recipes for the novice and the professional, all showing how one uses, Butter, Sugar, Flour, and Eggs to accomplish these lovely goodies"

Cakes, Cupcakes & Cheesecakes

by Sarah Tenaglia

"This Cakes, Cupcakes and Cheesecake Cookbook from the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library Series is great, as most of the books in the series are. There are lovely color photos with each recipe, and we have found that most, if not all of the recipes seem to come out the way they look. I like that Williams-Sonoma put these categories of desserts together. They just seem to compliment eachother.  There is a cake, cupcake and cheesecake recipe for everyone in this great little cookbook"


by Williams-Sonoma

"Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese, Pound Cake, the great "Crepes Suzette", and so many more. This is a beautifully photographed book, with well written recipes of 40 deversified desserts, both classic and some that are new but surely will become classics. Another wonderful cookbook by Williams-Sonoma"

Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies

by Maida Heatter

"A two-time James Beard Award winner, Maida Heatter has comes up with this superb book on cookies. From biscotti to bar cookies, to drop cookies, to roll cookies, etc., Maida's recipes are so inticing, and we all can learn so much from this book, the recipes are explained so concisely, and with much detail, even the most novice cookie maker can easily make these delectable goodies. The first cookbook from her in five years"



Cookies Unlimited

By Nick Malgieri.

"A wonderful book by award winning authur Nick Malgieri. In this extremely precise book, he gives us 350 mouth-watering recipes of cookies from biscotti to filled cookies and everything in between. Starting with every section, he explains to us where he got his recipes and a little information on each . This book makes us want to spend alot of time in the kitchen making these goodies. A good gift at holiday time for anyone on your list who loves baking cookies"

Sweet Miniatures

by Flo Braker

"This a great award winning book by pastry expert Flo Braker. You will love her miniature desserts recipes, and want to reach for this book often. There are so many goodies to choose from, for Home Bakers and Professionals alike"

Sweet Simplicity: Jacques Pepin's Fruit Desserts, by Jacques Pepin. -

This is a wonderful cookbook by renowned chef Jacques Pepin. The fruit dessert book is a delight, filled with wonderful healthy and tasty recipes, and most are naturally sweetened by the fruits themselves. Jacques offers us a very healthy way of eating our "sweets". There is a section on each fruit, and the history of all of them. Lovely photos of most of the desserts, and easy to follow instructions. Simple Simplicity is a delight. We highly recommend this refreshing cookbook

Death By Chocolate

The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook/Dedicated to the Pure Joy of Baking

by Brinna Sands

This complete guide to the baking arts contains over 1500 recipes; in it, you'll learn how to make a wide variety of yeast breads, sweet breads, pastries, and desserts--and even pastas and sourdough breads. The book includes many "primer" sections of technical information on ingredients, utensils, and nutrition. The author's aim is to give you an intuitive understanding of the baking process, such as your mother or grandmother may have had. A fun section devoted to other things you can do with flour--and great for kids--includes recipes for modeling dough, dog biscuits, and a winter pudding for birds.

Death By Chocolate Cookies

Death By Chocolate Cakes

Desserts To Die For

A Sweet Quartet by Fran Gage

Live, Love, Eat; The Best of Wolfgang Puck -

"Live, Love, Eat ;The Best Of Wolfgang Puck, who is the winner of three James Beard awards, among numerous other honors, and one of the most renowned chefs of our time, is bound to be a best seller, and a must for the Wolfgang Puck lovers. Puck shares with us "his favorite recipes". There are 150 of his best recipes in his latest book. Puck demonstrates why and how flavorful food and fun can't be separated from each other; certainly not in his kitchen. Dessert recipes include Wolfgang's Tarte Tatin and Decadent Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers. The final chapter, "Basics", is definitely worth the price of his newest book"

The New Food Lover's Tiptionary:

 More Than 6,000 Food and Drink Tips, Secrets, Shortcuts, and Other Things Cookbooks Never Tell You

by Sharon Tyler Herbst 

"Both experienced and novice cooks will love this A-to-Z guide packed with more than 6,000 tips, shortcuts and other culinary wisdom cookbooks never tell you. Find all the answers you'll ever need to a universe of cooking quandaries and questions on hundreds of subjects, including foods, beverages, kitchen equipment, cooking techniques, entertaining ideas and smart ways to use leftovers. Plus, there are loads of quick and easy reference charts, a handy system of cross-referencing and well over a hundred shorthand-style recipes."


The Breads of France

 by Bernard Clayton and Patricia Wells (Introduction) 

"This wonderful book of recipes of the breads of France is brought together beautifully by Bernard Clayton. He has surely opened the eyes of American bakers to the pleausres of French artisanal breads. Mr. Clayton spent years visiting "boulangeries" collecting authentic bread recipes from some of the most esteemed bakers in France. This is a book I highly recommend, especially for you who enjoy trying breads from different regions of the world, in this case France."


Baking in America:

 Traditional and Contemporary Favorites from the Past 200 Years

by Greg Patent

"Author,Greg Patent has brought us baking classics recipes from old American cookbooks and makes them work with modern day ingredients. He has included recipes for savory yeast breads, pound cakes and pies and tarts. After explaining the ingredients and equipment, he moves on to the recipes, which include timeless treasures of America's baking tradition such as Parker House Rolls, Lindy's Cheesecake and Lady Baltimore Cake. One of the many you have to try is the Boston Cream Pie (cover photo). A "must have" cookbook for collector's."

The Italian Baker

 by Carol Field

"Carol Field traveled thoughout Italy learning to make breads from working with bakers of different regions and watching Italian women making bread for their families. She recreates here for the American baker authentic Italian tastes and textures. Her informed discussion of ingredients and methods and her engaging commentary on the role of bread in Italy's history make this an important book for bakers. Try the famous Italian Christmas bread, Panetone or one of the many recipes for rustic country breads, or biscotti for breakfast or a snack. All are delicious and explained so well by Ms. Field. Highly recommend!"

Williams Sonoma Kid's Baking Book

by Chuck Williams, Abigail Johnson Dodge, Jason Lowe, Joy Gosney

"Pint-sized bakers will love this whimsical collection of fun, easy recipes. Designed for children aged six and up, the 30 recipes cover a range of skill levels and offer fundamental lessons in baking that will last a lifetime. The whole family will enjoy making and eating such delicious treats as cherry crisp, s'more bars, ice cream cake, buttermilk biscuits and cheese pizza. From breads and muffins to cakes and cookies, every recipe features step-by-step photos plus a photo of the finished dish. A colorful basics section and glossary teach kids about tools, techniques and kitchen safety."

Williams-Sonoma Cookies

by Marie Simmons

I have always enjoyed all of the cookbooks I own in the Williams-Sonoma Collection Series and this one is at the top of my list. This book has great never-fail recipes with beautiful color photographs and includes recipes from cookie categories as The Classics, Cookies for Kids, Party Cookies, Cookies for Giving (great for the holiday season right now), Holiday Cookies, and Decorated Cookies. The book also includes a section on Cookie Basics, a Glossary and a full index. All of the recipes are written for the home baker with great instructions for the perfect finished product.

We highly recommend this wonderful cookie cookbook and since this is the perfect time of year for making cookies for gift-giving, why not pick up a copy and make some scrumptious goodies for friends and family, like the incredible Double-Ginger Snaps or the scrumptious Bourbon Balls which are coated in finely chopped pecans, what a delight!

James McNair's Pie Cookbook

by James K. McNair

A wonderful book. Recipes are simple and easy to understand and the beautiful photos really help you to know what your finished product will look like. This is a great cookbook for beginner's, with recipes that are very basic and that will please everyone. The book includes sections on pie crust's, basic recipes, seasonal recipes, special crusts, toppings and sauces. We highly recommend this book for everyone who loves making and eating pies. You will find many great everyday pie recipes and pie recipes for your special occasions too. A winner!


by Suzie Smith From

 The Essential Kitchen Series - This is a book all of us should have in our cookbook libray for it's usefulness for all seasons of the year. Even if some of the fresh fruits in the recipes are not in season at a particular time of the year, the author gives us alternative recipes which use dried fruit, or try her Warm Banana Cake with Caramel Bananas (a fruit that can be purchased anytime of the year).

Usually when thinking of making a dessert, you usually think of fresh fruit, and this lovely and beautifully photographed book gives you so many choices for all kinds of fruits that can be used to make quick and easy desserts, all so very tasty and beautiful. Also there are great little recipes for savory dishes alike. You will love this book and We suggest keeping a copy on your kitchen counter, and grab it when you're looking for a delicious and delectable dish for your family or when you are having guests over.

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