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    Default What is your favorite or newest cookbook?

    I love, love, love any cookbook that involves baking. Just got a new one that I read cover to cover, only to be disappointed by the first three recipes I tried. It was "The Back in the Day Bakery" cookbook by Cheryl and Griffin Day. The photos are great (though they are missing a few for the recipes which kills me!) and the narrative is fun. The authors seem tremendously likable and seem to have a true passion for their craft.

    I first tried their hot cocoa recipe and it was bitter. It took a lot of doctoring before it was drinkable. I also tried their marshmallow recipe which was ok (Martha Stewart's is better). It was a bit too gummy and obtained all of it's taste by the powdered sugar you roll it in. Finally I tried their "most popular" white cupcake. It was dry and tasteless.


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    First I have to admit that I am a big cookbook whore . The number I have is insane , and since I work at a bookstore I have bought more than any sane person should .
    I really like the American Test Kitchen cookbooks
    I have this one , which has some really good cake recipes in them . I have made a couple of the bunt cake ones and they turned out amazing
    The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book: America's Test Kitchen: 9781933615226: Amazon.com: Books
    I also really like the Martha Stewart's Cakes , Cookies and Cupcakes .
    Amazon.com: Martha Stewart's Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes, and more eBook: Editors of Martha Stewart Living: Books
    Amazon.com: Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share eBook: Martha Stewart Living Magazine: Books
    Amazon.com: Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite Treat eBook: Martha Stewart Living Magazine: Books
    I have made recipes from all three and they turned out really well.
    The new one from the Pioneer woman is really nice too , I have tried several of her recipes and they have turned out well
    Amazon.com: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays (Enhanced Edition): 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations eBook: Ree Drummond: Books
    I just got the King Arthur's Flour cookie companion and so far I really like , I wish it had more pictures but the recipes are easy to follow

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    I love some of the Pioneer Woman's recipes. Although, I've only tried two. Crash Hot potatoes are a favorite around here. So yummy.

    One of my favorite is the old Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, with the red and white cover. That's a really good one. I also like a few recipes from a William Sonoma cook book called The Weeknight Cook. I've made several things and it's about a 50% success rate. I find that everything is very under seasoned. Especially soups. Homemade soup needs to cook much longer than they recommend. I don't think a soup can come together in 20 or 30 minutes. Part of a delicious soup is that all of the flavors mesh together.
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    My favorite will probably always be Better Homes and Gardens red checkered cookbook.


    Favorite recent is Lidia's Italy in America Cookbook:
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    Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything sits on my kitchen counter. I purchased Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen Cooking School for my assistant, it has very clear photography and great instruction.
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    I love Lidia's books too.

    I also really like Biba Caggiano's trattoria cookbook, Jaques Pepin's Essential Pepin, and the Larousse Gastronomique, which is a cookbook and cooking encyclopedia in one. It's a must have.
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    Anything by Nigella Lawson - I love the way she cooks.
    My aunt and uncle gave me their Food & Wine annual cookbook, which I love - I've made several dishes from that. It's basically a rehash of recipes posted in their magazines, but I like having them all in one book.
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    I've been trying recipes from this. I love her show on PBS. I discovered the joys of quinoa from her. I am not vegan by any means, but her recipes which are all vegan are wonderful.


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    I love all of Martha's baking books (Cupcakes, Cookies, Cakes - don't have Pies yet). They are all no-fail recipes. Honestly, I've never had a bad one.

    The Better Homes cookbook is one of my favorites too. My mom gave me hers (from 1972) when I moved out and it's the best gift I've ever had.

    A friend gave me Pioneer Woman and Smitten Kitchen. Haven't felt compelled to try either for some reason.

    Jacques Torres is one of my favorite French pastry chefs. He had a tiny show on PBS many years ago and showed up on Foot Network a time or two. He wrote Dessert Circus, which is fantastic. Even if you don't try the recipes, reading through his comments and instructions will make you a better baker. That book got me to try croissants for the first time. They were sooo much work that I only made them once but they were amazing!

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    This one is pretty amazing too , It's a huge ass book but the pictures are amazing
    Bouchon Bakery: Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouxel: 9781579654351: Amazon.com: Books
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    ^ I was jsut looking at that one last night! It has rave reviews on Amazon too. One of them scared me off a bit. It was written by a pastry chef who said the book was not meant for home cooks because of the equipment needed. It won awards for food styling too, didn't it? Is it worth the $35?

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    ^I was just looking at pictures from that cookbook and bakery online for food porn, not too long ago. Both look amazing.

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    I'll look through it at work later this week(I work at a book store) and get back to you , I do remember it having some labor intensive recipes but I didn't think it was beyond a well stocked kitchen

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    Bella, take a peak at some of the Pioneer Woman's recipes. I can't vouch for all of them, but the ones I've tried call for all fresh ingredients and they're kid friendly and pretty quick and inexpensive.
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    ^ I will. I've read through it but it seemed like a lot of casseroles to me. My friends all swear by it though so I'll look again.

    I have to admit, though I much prefer scratch baking, The Cake Doctor books have some true gems. She does a cookie dough cupcake that has become a staple in our house.
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