Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sweet Reads

I thought it would be fun to share some books I’ve been wanting to bake from. Just some of the sweet reads sitting on my shelf. Well, actually they are on my mantle and on my floor because I am in desperate need of a bookshelf to house them all and keep them cozy.


They pretty much stay stacked to save space. I can get more stacks on my mantle that way. But you know – the book I want to pull down is always the one on the bottom. Of course. But do I unstack them to get to the one I need? Of course not. I strain and push and wiggle to lift the ones on top and try to inch the one I want out.

It’s never pretty.

Thank goodness all of these books are.

Let’s take a quick peek at them and hopefully you can help me decide which one to use first.


Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
Photographs by Eric Wolfinger

This is a big, beautiful book of bread. And it scares me a little. I haven’t worked with dough or yeast a lot. But I want to learn. I want to make bread! And this book from the legendary Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is gonna help me. One day.


Ultimate Cookies by Julia Usher
Photographs by Steve Adams

Let me just say that this book could just as easily be placed in the art section as it is in the cookbook section. Julia’s cookie designs and attention to detail are absolutely amazing. Her piping work is impeccable and a little intimidating too. But she has lots of pictures and instructions to help you along the way.


Sugarlicious by Meaghan Mountford

Cute treats and fun sweets. This book is full of whimsical projects to that are easy to make and decorate for any occasion. And many of them kids can make, too.


Handheld Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Rachel Wharton
Photographs by Ellen Silverman

Umm… Pies? In my hand? Sold. Tiny treats in any form are hard for me to resist. And so was this cover. The book is divided into freeform pies, structured pies and jar pies. Too cute.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond

Hey Ree – Thank you for including so many sweets in your beautiful cookbook. The Coffee Cream Cake is calling me. But so are all the other recipes. Maybe I should just start at the top and check each one off. If they are as good as the Chocolate Sheet Cake in your first book, I am in trouble.


Sweet Auburn Desserts by Sonya Jones
Photographs by Deborah Llewellyn

That’s a cover, huh. Completely captivating. I can’t stop looking at it and I think my heart just started racing.
Sweet Auburn Bakery is located in Atlanta and I can’t believe I haven’t visited yet. I must correct that immediately. Oh and stack cakes just moved up on the to-bake list. Oh my. Oh! My!


The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

Look how adorable these two are. This book is from another Southern bakery and it makes me want to jump in the car and head straight to Savannah, GA to visit their charming shop. Turning the pages, each dessert is more tempting than the next. And there’s savories inside, too. Bacon Jam empanadas and the ham and cheese pastry puffs have my name all over them.


Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book by Jake Godby, Sean Vahey and Paolo Lucchesi
Photographs by Frankie Frankeny

With ice cream flavors like Secret Breakfast, Rosemary’s Baby and Fat Elvis … and more than 300K twitter followers, I want to know more about this little ice cream shop in San Francisco. When they say ice cream with attitude, they mean it.


Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson

Oh Joy. Your book is a total biggie. I remember when we chatted at the book signing I had in Santa Monica and you were just starting it. Can you believe? Look at the amazingness you made. So happy for you! Oh… and those Baked Chili Cheese Fries… help me. P.S. Great arms!


Milk & Cookies by Tina Casaceli
Photographs by Antonis Achilleos

With a title like that, how can you go wrong. Divided by vanilla cookies, double chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, special cookies, family favorites, brownies and bars … milk is definitely mandatory.


Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever
Photographs by Leigh Beisch

I love this cover!!! Love it. I want to wallpaper my kitchen in it! All I know is marshmallows will be happening soon. I just need a better candy thermometer first and then look out.


Pie it Forward by Gesine Bullock-Prado
Photographs by Tina Rupp

Pies, tarts, tortes and galettes. Yes, yes, yes and yes! Filled with tons of recipes and a passion to pie it forward, Gesine’s book should make any pie lover happy.


The Divvies Bakery Cookbook by Lori Sandler

I’ve had this book for a little while now and have meant to bake from it way before now. All the recipes are vegan and some are gluten free, too. If you have a need for egg, nut or dairy free, you might want to check it out. You can order online from them, too.


The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando
Photographs by Tara Striano

An encyclopedia of cookies. Oh yes. Buttery, chocolaty, fancy, fruity, spicy and nutty cookies fill the pages of this super cute book. It lays flat, too. Love that.


Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw
Photographs by Eric Wolfinger

I’ve baked from this book before but I couldn’t help showing it again. It’s really beautiful and one of the few books that I want to make almost everything inside. P.S. I have a recipe in the book, too. Fun!


Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts by Mark and Michael Klebeck with Jess Thomson
Photographs by Scott Pitts

I didn’t make it to Top Pot Doughnuts when I was in Seattle, but hopefully I can fix that one day soon. I love cake doughnuts and old fashioned doughnuts. Okay, I love any doughnuts. Except filled. Can’t do filled so much.


Les Petits Macarons by Kathryn Gordon and Anne McBride
Photographs by Steve Legato

I love these little cookie confections. I’ve made them a couple of times, but not enough to feel confident with them, so I scooped up this cute book for inspiration.


Push-Up Pops from Courtney Dial Whitmore
Photographs Kyle Dreier

Hey Courtney! Thanks for sending me your book. I have my push-up pop containers and I’m ready to go. Can’t wait to play with them.


The Sugar Cube by Kir Jensen with Danielle Centoni
Photographs by Lisa Warninger

Twisted treats from the heart of this sweet little food cart in Portland. And yes, those are chocolate chips drizzed in caramel on top of that cupcake. This one looks like it will be fun to dive in to.


Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado
Photographs by Tina Rupp

This book is mostly about cooking with sugar instead of baking with it. Working on the stove instead of the oven. And yes, you can make your own rock candy at home. Super excited about that one. The recipes are divided by temperature so a good candy thermometer would be helpful.


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer
Photographs by Stacy Newgent

I love everything about this book. The topic, the design, the unique flavors, the way the ice cream recipes are photographed. And I would love it more if I owned an ice cream machine so I could make some too. In the meantime, I just read that Jeni started selling some of her flavors at The Fresh Market last week – Yay for us! And you can also order them online.


Flour by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson
Photographs by Keller + Keller

Spectacular recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery fill the pages of this mouth-watering book. Nutella tarts, chocolate brioche, and brown sugar popovers sound like a good place to start.


Phew – That wasn’t as quick as I expected but I hope you enjoyed this sweet peek.

So, which book or books would you want to bake from first?

If you made it all the way to the end of this post, just answer that question here on the website and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card so you can pick out a bunch of books to bake from – or anything else you’d rather get from their site.

Deadline to enter is Thursday, May 3rd at 6 p.m. ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner announced below.

One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday evening.

Good luck guys!


Oh my. That was fun. I really like reading what you guys like. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing with me. I picked the winner and the gift certificate is going to Dawn H! Yay! Looks like you will be able to bring a little bit of Tartine right to your own kitchen. Have fun shopping and deciding.

Giveaway sponsored by me.

Brittany said...

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts, please!

May 2, 2012 01:06 AM
Tracy said...

That Sugarbaby book looks like it’s right up my alley! Thank you Bakerella! You rock!!!!

May 2, 2012 01:06 AM
sara said...

Great set of cookbooks! I’d want to start baking first from flour – have heard such amazing things about that cookbook!

May 2, 2012 01:07 AM
The Emily said...

I never even got Ree’s FIRST cookbook, I’m dying to try the second!

May 2, 2012 01:07 AM
Jamie said...

Oh gosh! I wouldn’t know where to start! I’d have to finish your cakepop book first, then I’d probably do push up pops. :) I like to stay “poppy”. ;)

May 2, 2012 01:08 AM
disa said...

Les petits macarons…I have been itching to make macarons but too intimidated.

May 2, 2012 01:08 AM
Jen L-N said...

I visited Flour 3 times when I went to Boston last year, so definitely “Flour”!

May 2, 2012 01:09 AM
Maria said...

I’d love to have them all but Milk & Cookies are what I’m in the mood of at the moment so that would be the first one that I’d order if I’d be the lucky winner.

May 2, 2012 01:09 AM
Taylor said...

Definitely Humphry Slocombe’s book. My life had never been the same since their ice cream first touched my tongue!

May 2, 2012 01:09 AM
Robin said...

The first one I’m cooking from is Ree’s – I got it a few weeks ago and have been so busy preparing to bake for a wedding that I haven’t gotten to yet

May 2, 2012 01:09 AM
Janelle said...

Top Pot Hand Forged Doughnuts!

They all look good (let’s be honest) but I just can’t stop thinking about the doughnut deliciousness on that cover!!

May 2, 2012 01:10 AM
Orah said...

Push-up pops look really cool – I’ve never heard of them. Where can you find those containers? All these cookbooks are making me hungry!

May 2, 2012 01:11 AM
Kim said...

I really want to make some macarons! they looks delicious!

May 2, 2012 01:12 AM
Natalie @ Book Line and Sinker said...

I’d love to bake and review my way through all OR any of the books you ‘ve listed with the exception of the cookie encyclopedia–enjoyed that one earlier in the year!

May 2, 2012 01:12 AM
Jessica said...

I might have to get The Divvies Bakery Cookbook tomorrow when I go to the bookstore! I love to bake for my boyfriend’s family functions, but some of his extended family is vegan so I always feel a little bit guilty that they can’t have any.

May 2, 2012 01:13 AM
Jane C said...

Handheld Pies is just calling out to me. Mmmm pies.

May 2, 2012 01:14 AM
Darci said...

As I have the Pioneer Woman cookbook on my counter that will have to be my pick…but I do love Joy the Baker.

May 2, 2012 01:14 AM
Denise Schmitt said...

This is A tough choice! i love cook books expecially when it comes to sweets! I am thinking the Sugarbaby to start because of the rock candys.

May 2, 2012 01:16 AM
Lior Shapira said...

Sugar baby definitely, I own a few of them, Joy the baker is an awesome book

May 2, 2012 01:17 AM
Heidi T said...

I would love the handheld pies book!

May 2, 2012 01:18 AM
Kelsey said...

I would pick the tartine bread, like you I have been wanting to branch out into more breads and the cover looks amazing

May 2, 2012 01:18 AM
Kelly Atkins said...

Wow, so many of them sound amazing! I think Les Petits Macarons since I’m doing a wedding dessert table this weekend and could really use some macarons on the menu! Thanks for this great update!

May 2, 2012 01:19 AM
Valerie Agahi said...

I love all of these, but I think I’ll buy Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer so I can use my ice cream maker!

May 2, 2012 01:20 AM
Lisa said...

The book about doughnuts looks AMAZING!

May 2, 2012 01:22 AM
Noelle G. said...

The Pioneer Woman of course!! Love her!!

May 2, 2012 01:23 AM
karen fallarme said...

Home Baked Comfort looked like it would have a lot of classic, yummy desserts!

May 2, 2012 01:23 AM
Laura @ The Traveling Owl said...

Handheld Pies looks so cute! I love how teensie tiny they are.

May 2, 2012 01:24 AM
Jake the Girl said...

Handheld Pies! The best part of a pie is the crust, and handheld pies have a higher crust-to-filling ratio. That’s my nerdy rationale.

May 2, 2012 01:24 AM
sarapete said...

My sweet tooth says Petit Macarons but more realistic (at least in my cooking realm) it would be PW’s new book. I want them ALL if we are being honest!!!

May 2, 2012 01:25 AM
Lisa said...

Joy the baker! Love her blog.

May 2, 2012 01:25 AM
TopkatnzTazedevil said...

Hand forged donuts:) what an amazing collection!

May 2, 2012 01:25 AM
Shaunda said...

Wow I would Love any or all of these But I think I would have to go with the marshmallow fun one. I think it could help add to my cake pops.

May 2, 2012 01:25 AM
Miriam @ Overtime Cook said...

I am dying for Sugarlicious! I am a huge fan of her blog, and love the idea of turning food into crafts.

May 2, 2012 01:25 AM
Lucy said...

I’m a massive fan of Joy the Baker also! I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of her book to turn up. Her blog is amazing – a compilation of my two favourite bloggers would be sooo amazing!

May 2, 2012 01:26 AM
Tiffany said...

I’d love to get The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.

May 2, 2012 01:26 AM
christa said...

I think I would choose Pioneer Woman, because I know her recipes are so good. But if I wanted to try something new to me, I’d try Flour. Those are some yummy pictures on the cover of that book!

May 2, 2012 01:26 AM
Erin K said...

The Marshmallow Madness book! Im heading to Amazon now to buy it, I cant wait!

May 2, 2012 01:26 AM
Carrie Shrout said...

You need to make Ree’s rigatoni and meatballs! Yum!

May 2, 2012 01:27 AM
Connie said...

The Back in the Day cookbook…with a cover like that, it HAS to be good stuff inside!!!

May 2, 2012 01:27 AM
Katelyn said...

I would LOVE either of the ice cream books!

May 2, 2012 01:27 AM
Bruinbr said...

My mouth is watering after reading (drooling) through this post! I would definitely start with milk and cookies, but les petits macarons is a close second!

May 2, 2012 01:27 AM
Stacie V. said...

Milk and Cookies for sure! Who could resist?!

May 2, 2012 01:28 AM
Lesley said...

Gotta make me some Milk and Cookies!

May 2, 2012 01:28 AM
Whitney said...

Tartine Bread. Amazing cookbook I pick it up eveytime I go to a bookstore. I would love to finally get it!!

May 2, 2012 01:28 AM
Joyce said...

I want to cook from Les Petits Macarons~! Something about small and cute things warms my heart.

May 2, 2012 01:28 AM
Eileen Vallado said...

Oh my, I’ve been looking for good baking books. I would love the push-up pops book. It would be a great for my mom’s 50th birthday party since she wants to do something unique.

May 2, 2012 01:29 AM
Susie said...

WOW! I’d love to have all those cookbooks! But, if I had to pick one…it would be Hand-Forged Donuts.

May 2, 2012 01:29 AM
Katie said...

The sugar baby book looks so awesome! So many teeth to rot and so little time :-)

May 2, 2012 01:30 AM
Kara Sisley said...

Would definitely have to go with the sweet auburn desserts. That cover is already making me drool!

May 2, 2012 01:30 AM
Jingyi said...

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier!

May 2, 2012 01:30 AM
jessa ann said...

sugarlicious or sugar baby! but they all look amazing :)

May 2, 2012 01:31 AM
Heather C said...

Omg so many to choose from! I’m not big on marshmallows, but I’ve seen that book and it is so adorable! I would love to try some of the recipes on the doughnut or macaron book :)

May 2, 2012 01:31 AM
Eli Nicole said...

I would love to use the push up pops book to do something fun and different!!! :)

May 2, 2012 01:31 AM
Katie said...

The Sugar Baby book looks AWESOME! So many teeth to rot and so little time :-)

May 2, 2012 01:31 AM
Brooke said...

Goodness, so many! Definitely would loveee to check out Joy the Baker’s, Ree’s/ Pioneer Woman’s, and the Milk & Cookies books

May 2, 2012 01:32 AM
Judy said...

I want them all! But if I had to choose one to start off with, it would be Pioneer woman! I have the first book which I love! But I didn’t even know that she had another cookbook! Awesome possum!

May 2, 2012 01:32 AM
holly h said...

Flour & joy the baker! Amazing.

May 2, 2012 01:32 AM
E said...

I really, really want to pick up Joy’s cookbook. The first pie book and the cookie book sound amazing as well. I can’t wait to see what treats you end up making.

May 2, 2012 01:33 AM
Stef said...

Please go for the les petits macarons.
These are just delicious!
Since not too easy to get them in the consistence they should be would also be great to get some tips for the others :)
Love your blog so much!
Warm regards from sunny Germany!

May 2, 2012 01:33 AM
Randilea @ Life As I Bake It said...

I would love all of those! The cookbook I plan to buy next is Joy’s. It has such good reviews, so I can’t wait to get it!

May 2, 2012 01:33 AM
Susan din said...

Back in the day bakery would be my first choice, or maybe Pioneer Woman….do I really have to choose???? You’ve got too many awesome titles to choose from, no wonder you’re having a hard time deciding yourself!!!!

May 2, 2012 01:33 AM
Erin said...

My fave this year is “Sweet Creams and Sugar Cones” from the fantastic ladies at Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco! link to

Oh la la, indeed.

May 2, 2012 01:34 AM
Kristin said...

Tartine! I’m intimidated by yeast; maybe this would help me over the fear!

May 2, 2012 01:34 AM
Tania faccone said...

I vote you start with Humphrey Slocombe. I live in SF and enjoy this amazing place as often as I can. The secret breakfast is so amazing, and I even made a cupcake inspired by it. Ps- I also own most of those books :)

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
nancy79 said...

Definitely Milk & Cookies! Thanks for a chance to win!

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Colleen said...

Marshmallow Madness- too pretty to pass up!

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Glenda J said...

I’d have to go with that Marshmallow Madness, though the bread books also interest me :) Back in the Day looked kinda cute…but then there’s that cookie book….ohhhh, how to pick just one??? No wonder you need help deciding :)

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Rebecca said...

Lots of these look great, but Flour looks like it’s filled with tons of ooey gooey deliciousness!

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Lindsie said...

I would pick the Pioneer Women cookbook. I love her and all of her recipes! I need to get her first book and second so I can stop printing every recipe from the interent.:)

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Tabitha Niemann said...

WOW- they all look fantastic! I’d say the push-up pops one, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to get the materials, so I’d cook with the Ice Cream one first. My dad & I have a shared obsession with ice cream, so that’d be fun to do together!

May 2, 2012 01:35 AM
Kayla G said...

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook!! I love the fact that there is no dairy, nut or eggs! That way I can bake for some friends and family that have can’t have those in their baked goods.

May 2, 2012 01:36 AM
Shosh said...

Jeni’s Ice Creams – though I too need an ice cream maker ; )

May 2, 2012 01:36 AM
Amanda Monzon said...

OH MY GOSH i love all of these!!!
I’d love to bake from any of them, wow! I even tried making a list and it got too ridiculously long, basically I wrote every other book on the list.

Definitely: pie it forward, the cookiepedia. top pot hand-forged doughnuts, les petits macarons, push up pops, the sugar cube, jeni’s splendid ice creams at home!

May 2, 2012 01:37 AM
Leah said...

Already have The Pioneer Woman’s …but would love to have Hand Forged Doughnuts and Joy The Baker to try a few recipes.

May 2, 2012 01:37 AM
Marissa said...

Handheld Pies!!! I love pies, especially mini pies<3

May 2, 2012 01:37 AM
Siew said...

I like the idea of Handheld Pies. There’s never enough crust to filling ratio for me in a slice of pie. My only worry is that they’d be gone in just one bite!

May 2, 2012 01:37 AM
Karen Pesson said...

Definiely the Back in the Day Bakery for variety!

May 2, 2012 01:38 AM
Jasmine said...

The pioneer women! I keep hearing such great things…making me hungry ;)

May 2, 2012 01:38 AM
Chin said...

I would start with Flour or Pie it Forward!

May 2, 2012 01:39 AM
Jenn said...

Pie it Forward…I LOVE pie :)

May 2, 2012 01:39 AM
Katie said...

I’m going to say Flour just because I have baked from it, and SO GOOOOOD. An old roommate used to work at Flour and I made her the maple scones a few times when she had a craving- she said they tasted JUST like the scones from the bakery. I’ve also made Joanne Chang’s apple cake from that book a few times- the recipe is ridiculous, it is almost an equal apple:batter ratio, and it comes out so good you want to cry (especially if you are me and pour caramel sauce over the top because you don’t know the meaning of “stop”).

May 2, 2012 01:39 AM
wenders said...

Flour. The eclair looks soooooooo good! Must try to make that! Yummy!

May 2, 2012 01:39 AM
Katie Johnson said...

already have / am obsessed with Pioneer Woman #2! I would definitely get Milk & Cookies if I win the giveaway!! Thank you!! xoxox

May 2, 2012 01:39 AM
jane said...

i want them all.. I’m a total carb whore~ hehehe if i had to choose it’ll be flour!

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Kiki Williams said...

So many great books and I was glad to see a few I already had but the ones that I would love to get and bake from would be. The Divvies Bakery, Milk & Cookies, The Back in the Day Bakery, Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts & Flour – These look AWESOME! and YOU rock too!

Thanks for such great giveaways and great new nuggets of gold to looks for!

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Brittany said...

Ice cream is my definite go to so the obvious choice for me would be one of the ice cream books. Now to pick which one…

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Marissa said...

Flour by Joanne Chang. She has the same last name as my future hubby-to-be, so I’m sure the baked goods are as sweet as he is=)

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Monica Villalon said...

Sugar baby!! and Push up pops looks extremely interesting!! :D

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Jennifer said...

I would say sugar cube but they all look wonderful.

May 2, 2012 01:40 AM
Melissa said...

There are so many great ones to choose from! I would have to go with Flour, The Pioneer Woman, Handheld Pies, Home Baked Comfort, or Pie it Forward. Good luck and keep us posted!

May 2, 2012 01:41 AM
julie said...

Pie it Forward for sure!

May 2, 2012 01:41 AM
Ilissa said...

Ooooooh! God, I wish I could get my hands on that Push Up Pop book or even the handheld pies! I love anything mini not only because it’s so cute but it also usually feeds more people in a shorter amount of time!

May 2, 2012 01:41 AM
Hannah said...

I can see your dilemma, my mouth is watering! I think I would personally want to start with Milk and Cookies…something hopefully with a high success rate. However, the Flour book is a close one too. :P

May 2, 2012 01:42 AM
Brittany said...

I love ice cream so definitely one of those!

May 2, 2012 01:43 AM
Terra C said...

My first thought is Handheld Pies. But if I won, I’d have to look at all of them again, so many awesome ones to choose from!

May 2, 2012 01:43 AM
Elizabeth said...

Milk & Cookies or Back in the Day. Those are already tops on my amazon list!

May 2, 2012 01:43 AM
Aja said...

Marshmallow Madness and Push-Up Pops!

May 2, 2012 01:44 AM
Tracey said...

Oh I’d have to start with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home !! Ice cream is our weakness and I have heard such awesome things about her icecream techniques and recipes.
Your stack of cookbooks just cries out for a rainy day, a never ending mug of perfect coffee and enough in-house ingredients to cook anything on a whim. :)

May 2, 2012 01:44 AM
Rachel O. said...

That Milk and Cookies book looks to die for!

May 2, 2012 01:45 AM
RJ (Kids and Cast Iron) said...

Pie it forward…..

May 2, 2012 01:45 AM
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