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
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
A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking
by Marcy Goldman
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
The Pie and Pastry Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
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
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
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
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"
Professional Baking, Trade, 3rd Edition
by Wayne Gisslen
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
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
"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"
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
Butter Sugar Flour Eggs :
Whimsical Irresistible Desserts
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
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"
"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
will become classics. Another
wonderful cookbook by Williams-Sonoma"
Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies
"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
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"
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
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
"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
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
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."
by Marie Simmons
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
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.