April 10, 2020
If you are anything like me, baking is an outlet for stress during the best of times. I love looking at beautiful baking cookbooks, checking out my favorite bakers and bloggers on Instagram, and bookmarking new recipes. During this period of self-isolation, I am leaning in and baking even more than I normally do. I have already made my favorite chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, artisan bread, and even tried my hand at macarons. The macarons were not successful, but it was a fun experiment! I will be making my second attempt this weekend!
Here is a list of some of my favorite baking cookbooks. I have also included links to these chef’s blogs and social media accocunts so you can find some baking inspiration without the physical books. I hope something on this list inspires you to bake and brings a little bit of joy and comfort to your home during this trying time.
Christina Tosi is my favorite celebrity baker. You may know her as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (available for streaming with your Hulu subscription). Momofuku Milk Bar is her first cookbook. It features many of her iconic recipes including compost cookies, cereal milk ice cream, liquid cheesecake, and the most delicious (and impressive) layer cakes. I love baking with sprinkles, so I love her birthday cake truffles! Tosi’s recipes are complicated and include many components, which I think make for a perfect distraction.
You can also follow Christina Tosi on Instagram where she is proving a live baking club at 1pm each day with recipes that require limited ingredients. Prior baking club videos have featured tortillas, brownies, pancakes, and meringues. You can also find these recipes on her website.
*This book is also available on Libby
BraveTart is a celebration of classic American deserts. It features great recipes and gorgeous photos throughout, and is comfort baking at its finest. I love the recipes for blueberry muffins, devil’s food cake, and lemon meringue pie. Parks also includes recipes for homemade takes on Americans' favorites mass-market baked goods like Animal Crackers, Nutter Butters, and Oreos. BraveTart is packed with facts about the history of these desserts and great trivia tidbits. Nostalgia feels comforting during this unsettling time, so I would highly recommend this joyful book.
I love Icing on the Cake because it features a ton of step-by-step instructions for decorating beautiful cakes and cupcakes. If you want to improve your piping and plating skills, this is the book for you! I have bookmarked a page about creating a beautiful flower garden out of cupcakes.
"SALLY'S COOKIE ADDICTION : IRRESISTIBLE COOKIES, BARS, SHORTBREAD, AND MORE FROM THE CREATOR OF SALLY’S BAKING ADDITION "
*This book is also available on Libby
Sally McKenney is the writer of Sally’s Baking Addiction, one of my absolute favorite baking blogs. Sally has great recipes for every kind of baking imaginable – cookies, pies, pastry, bread, pizza, and more. She also provides a monthly baking challenge which is a lot of fun and helps home bakers learn new skills. This particular cookbook focuses on all things cookie related. Chapters include Family Favorites, All about Oats, Nuts about Nuts, and Serious Chocolate Cravings. Personally, anything chocolate peanut butter is on my short list! She also has a complimentary cookbook called Sally’s Candy Addiction.
If watching others bake sounds better to you than baking yourself, now is the perfect time to watch (or re-watch) The Great British Baking Show! Contestants compete to be star baker by completing a signature bake, a technical bake, and a showstopper each week. The show is heartwarming, comforting, and absolutely binge-able. You can find episodes streaming for free on PBS or with your Netflix subscription.
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