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.

Kristen said...

Wow, these sound like so much fun! I would like to find out what’s in The Divvies Bakery Cookbook. So allergy friendly! And seeing there are some gluten-free recipes made me do a double take. :)

May 2, 2012 01:45 AM
Jennifer Roberts said...

I think I’d like to try the Tartine book. I always manage to mess up yeast, but I’d love to be able to tackle this challenge. There’s nothing like homemade bread.

May 2, 2012 01:46 AM
Nubia Renteria said...

The marshmallow madness book is too cute for words! but the handheld pie is where I would start.

May 2, 2012 01:47 AM
Chelsea Campbell said...

Pie it forward! How sweet just in time for summer!

May 2, 2012 01:47 AM
Sharon C said...

I’d want to bake from Home Baked Comfort since it sounds like there are a variety of dessert recipes. (I already have Joy the Bakers and PW’s cookbooks.)

My second choice would be Tartine. I just took an artisan bread making class so I’m eager to test out my new kneading and shaping skills.

May 2, 2012 01:47 AM
Ann said...

“Pie it forward” combines puns and desserts!!

May 2, 2012 01:47 AM
Amy said...

I would say The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day. The cover is just so cute!

May 2, 2012 01:49 AM
Tiffany S said...

The Cookiepedia!
I am a cookie addict and never know when to stop! Cookies to me are a necessary part of life’s everyday pleasures :-)

May 2, 2012 01:50 AM
Sara said...

Ultimate Cookies. I love cookie decorating and this book looks like it has super cute and creative ideas.

May 2, 2012 01:50 AM
meekasmommy said...

“Milk and cookies” – YUM!!!

May 2, 2012 01:51 AM
sri said...

I love to start with The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day. i too loved the cover of Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever

May 2, 2012 01:52 AM
cher b said...

The divvies cookbook!

May 2, 2012 01:52 AM
Anna C. said...

Handheld Pies looks soooo good. Is there handheld pumpkin??

May 2, 2012 01:53 AM
Ness said...

Sugar Baby! That is something that I have never even attempted and definitely caught my attention…especially the rock candy. My youngest son absolutely LOVES it. Just looking at this point made me hungry but it’s almost midnight here…no snacking this late for me :)

May 2, 2012 01:53 AM
Marla said...

I would love any of these books to add to my collection. I would say my top picks would be Tartine or The Sugar Cube!

May 2, 2012 01:53 AM
Alana F. said...

“Handheld Pies” looks delightful! My little girls love to try any treat they can easily carry!

May 2, 2012 01:55 AM
Kethrim said...

I’ve been dying to make delicious macarons ever since I first fell in love with them nearly 10 years ago… so far, all efforts have failed. But I have a new stand mixer waiting for me at my parents’ house; that should help! So would the macaron book. :)

May 2, 2012 01:56 AM
Alissa K said...

I’d have to go with Pushup Pops – I just got some and I’m dying to get creative!

May 2, 2012 01:56 AM
ygor said...

I would choose the ice cream book first, I love ice, especially in summer time which is def. now!!!
i need an ice cream immediately :-))

May 2, 2012 01:56 AM
emilyadi said...

Very tough! I think I’d pick Pie It Forward, just because my boyfriend is not a cake guy, so I need to be able to make him something!

May 2, 2012 01:57 AM
Danielle said...

They all look amazing but I think Flour is the first one on my list

May 2, 2012 01:58 AM
Jelyn Kho said...

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book!!

Just bought the Kitchenaid ice-cream attachment :)

May 2, 2012 01:59 AM
Mariel N said...

Most definitely “Handheld Pies”. Endless possibilities of bite sized yumminess!

May 2, 2012 01:59 AM
Lauren said...

I have been dying to get my hands in the Home Baked Comfort cookbook!

May 2, 2012 02:01 AM
Alexis said...

Oh my! So many books! So many recipes! I think The Sugar Cube would be fun to try out first. I’ve been trying to make/find a recipe that could be served with or incorporates my favorite ice cream (Ben and Jerry’s Late Night Snack) and that cupcake with the caramel drizzled potato chips makes an instant connection!
My mother, on the other hand, would probably love it if I tried out recipes from Flour. Just the name of it would send her off the edge because she loves bread and pasta and anything that includes the word ‘dough’ in the recipe. Huh…that just got me thinking about her mother’s day present.
All of those books will definitely ruin my hopes of cooking and baking a little healthier over the summer. Maybe there will be a recipe for cucumber pie in Pie it Forward?

May 2, 2012 02:01 AM
Amanda Fochs said...

The Cookiepedia! I love cookies and don’t bake them nearly enough. And, that sounds like a lovely cookbook.

May 2, 2012 02:02 AM
Jiyung said...

Marshmallow Madness would match my sweetness. ^-^* Then, Sugarlicious looks so cute and fun!

May 2, 2012 02:04 AM
Mercy said...

I have the Jeni’s ice cream book, but haven’t used it yet! Must try it out this summer!

Out of the books I don’t have, I would LOVE to get my hands on the Tartine Bakery book, and make their legendary pain au chocolat. Truly. Legendary. (I liked it more than their also legendary morning buns–is that blasphemous?)

May 2, 2012 02:05 AM
clarissa ho said...

Tartine bread and Flour would be my sweet escape!

May 2, 2012 02:07 AM
Sara W. said...

Pioneer Woman, Pies, and Donuts! Mmm…

May 2, 2012 02:09 AM
Joelyn Wong said...

Start with Flour please :) Would love to get this book soon! I have the same problem, not enough space to keep my books. My books are stored in boxes (planning to move in a year or two, so I can move it easily) and the ones I wanted is always at the bottom.

May 2, 2012 02:09 AM
Jodie said...

Handheld Pies looks delicious! So does Joy the Baker, to be honest I would love any of those books!

May 2, 2012 02:10 AM
Danielle said...

I’ve had Sugar Cube and Pie it Forward on my Amazon wishlist for months now. Sugarbaby is an amazing book. So want to win, cookbooks are my obsession!

May 2, 2012 02:11 AM
Frances S said...

I would definitely like to first try baking the country loaf from the Tartine Bread cookbook, because the bread at their bakery is positively transcendent!

May 2, 2012 02:12 AM
Ivy P Motuyang said...

i would pick Flour by Joane. just looking at the book makes me wanna eat it.

May 2, 2012 02:13 AM
Laurel said...

I’d love to see you tackle something from the Top Pot book. I love their donuts so much, but I don’t live in Seattle anymore – if you tell me their recipes are delicious I might have to run out and buy it. =)

May 2, 2012 02:14 AM
Stephanie said...

I’d have to choose the adorable Sugarlicious by Meaghan Mountford! Thanks for the chance to win :)

May 2, 2012 02:17 AM
Bridgett said...

Oh definitely Joy The Baker and Hand Pies since I am a big fan of Ellen Silverman’s photography.

May 2, 2012 02:17 AM
Kendra said...

WOWWWW these all look fantastic!! i’m gonna have to say handheld pies….just the name has me drooling!

May 2, 2012 02:18 AM
Amanda said...

Milk and Cookies looks wonderful! How neat that it’s divided up by ingredients like that.

May 2, 2012 02:19 AM
Nicole Ambata said...

Home baked comfort for sure!

May 2, 2012 02:19 AM
Christy said...

I would love to make something from Sugar Baby. I love making new and different desserts.

May 2, 2012 02:23 AM
Michele said...

I would most definitely go with the Les Petits Macarons book. Ever since I studied abroad in Paris I have been craving these little gems and have desperately tried to recreate them with no real success. Maybe this book will finally do the trick for me!

May 2, 2012 02:23 AM
Pearl said...

I’d love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream book. I had the pleasure of trying them at the Columbus, OH shop and it was so good!!!

May 2, 2012 02:24 AM
Riley Hammond said...

Joy the Baker, Pioneer Woman, and Push Pops are all waiting for me to bake from them!

May 2, 2012 02:24 AM
Laura's Bakery said...

First, i would bake something out of Milk and cookies. Then al of the other books will follow :)

May 2, 2012 02:24 AM
Heather F said...

Joy the Baker

May 2, 2012 02:25 AM
Jeff Diamsay said...

I would love to read Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook!!! I saw her on Paula Deen’s show and I was interested on all the baked good Cheryl made!!

May 2, 2012 02:25 AM
Viviana said...

Push-up pops!! Yummiiii!!!

May 2, 2012 02:25 AM
Lynne said...

I’d have to say “Marshmallow Madness” for me. I tried a recipe from Martha Stewarts show a few years ago… Fudge covered marshmallows. They were the Christmas gift hit of the season.

May 2, 2012 02:26 AM
Viviana said...

Push-up pops! Yummiii!!!

May 2, 2012 02:26 AM
Annalise N. said...

I have Joy the Baker’s book and LOVE IT!! Would love to get PW’s book though…I love her first one!

May 2, 2012 02:29 AM
Maggie said...

So hard to choose just one to start with but I think it would have to be sugarbaby. I have been so into sugar lately. I’ve been trying to get into this pulled sugar class for months now.

May 2, 2012 02:30 AM
kim said...

hand forged doughnuts! i just love top pot

May 2, 2012 02:30 AM
Thanh L. said...

My finace’ loves to bake so I’d love to get her any of these, but I think that Flour stands out the most to me. I’ve wanted to try them the next time I’m in Boston.

May 2, 2012 02:30 AM
Cakey said...

Sagur baby I <3 sagur

May 2, 2012 02:31 AM
claudia said...

I would love to bake from the Pie it Forward book. I’m a little terrified of pies but this book looks great!

May 2, 2012 02:31 AM
Kim said...

I can’t pick just one! I think it would have to be between Milk & Cookies or The Cookiepedia – I just love making cookies! But I also want to look at the ice cream books, and the pie books, and the push-up pop book… I love them all!

May 2, 2012 02:32 AM
Ashley said...

I would bake from Joy the Baker first, although I’ve also already requested Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream from the library, so… I guess it depends, if I’m more in the mood for cookies or ice cream!

May 2, 2012 02:32 AM
Tricia Bruce said...

All of them but if I have to pick one, I’ll say Sugarlicious!

May 2, 2012 02:34 AM
Katie said...

Sweet Auburn Desserts by Sonya Jones I think… it took me about 10 minutes to decide!

May 2, 2012 02:35 AM
Sophie said...

Love milk and cookies but i adore back in the day cover!

May 2, 2012 02:35 AM
Philana said...

I’d bake from Flour first – everything in that snapshot looks DELICIOUS.

May 2, 2012 02:35 AM
Krystal said...

I’ve been wanting “Flour” for months now. All of those treats look delicious!

May 2, 2012 02:35 AM
Alicia said...

This is a really tough decision to make, but if I absolutely HAD to choose one.. I’d start with Flour!

May 2, 2012 02:36 AM
Grace Duke said...

The ice cream book looks amazing!

May 2, 2012 02:38 AM
dot said...

home baked comfort! or erm flour! or erm milk and cookies! spoilt for choice!


May 2, 2012 02:38 AM
Lexi said...

I go to college at Ohio State, in Columbus where Jeni’s is located, and I would love to get her cookbook so I can make her ice creams even when I’m home for the summer.

May 2, 2012 02:38 AM
Berrypunch said...

Jenis Splendid Ice Creams Home. I love all ice creams :)

May 2, 2012 02:38 AM
tamara said...

cookiepedia and milk and cookies!

May 2, 2012 02:40 AM
kaile Javins said...

Sugar Baby or Marshmellow Madness! They both look fun and colorful and I think my son and I would love the results of either :)

May 2, 2012 02:40 AM
Jennifer D. said...

Joy the Baker Cookbook!

May 2, 2012 02:41 AM
Berrypunch said...

Some ice creams, would be ok :)

May 2, 2012 02:41 AM
Rolanna said...

So many to choose from! Think I’d have to choose Marshmallow Madness first tho, because I’ve never made my own marshmallows before – love a new challange!

May 2, 2012 02:42 AM
Beatriz said...

Wow, I’ve got almost 100 cookbooks but none of the above!!! I’d love to bake from Flour !

May 2, 2012 02:46 AM
Maja said...

How I’d love the Joy the Baker cookbook …

May 2, 2012 02:46 AM
Amanda said...

Sugar Baby – it looks mind blowingly good, baby.

May 2, 2012 02:47 AM
Julie said...

Push-up Pops looks and sounds like a cool and cute idea! I would love to learn more about these!

A close second would be Tartine Bread. I have also been meaning to learn how to make homemade bread. Yum!

May 2, 2012 02:48 AM
Kristi Pelletier said...

I think I would probably pick the Milk and Cookies cookbook. I love baking nice easy treats right now, because I have a preschooler and a toddler that usually don’t let me get much done.

May 2, 2012 02:48 AM
Rita said...

I’d love to read Milk and Cookies! I own Flour by Joanne Chang and I LOVE that book. Highly recommend it!

May 2, 2012 02:48 AM
Brie said...

Joy the Baker…….a book that knows how to celebrate all that’s yummy!!!!

May 2, 2012 02:49 AM
Regina said...

Start with Flour :-) The photos look soooo delicious!

May 2, 2012 02:49 AM
Beverly said...

Well! I thought i had a lot of books..but I have NONE of the ones you just described!! I think the one I’d love to start with would have to be the macarons book. Macarons are so delicious but they are one of the things I have yet to try making.

May 2, 2012 02:51 AM
Arielle said...

Thanks for the awesome book reviews! Think I’ll forward this list on to my wonderful hubby before Christmas! As for what I’d start with: Home Baked Comfort, The CookiePedia, and Hand Held Pies. Thanks for this amazing Amazon giveaway!

May 2, 2012 02:52 AM
Lisa said...

Oh, my! Your bookstacks look like my bookstacks… I think I’d have to start with “Marshmallow Madness”, since that is one thing I haven’t made myself yet…

May 2, 2012 02:52 AM
Robin said...

Ooh, hard to choose, but I think I’d like to check out Tartine Bread or Joy the Baker’s cookbook.

May 2, 2012 02:53 AM
Martie said...

Tough choice. But I choose Milk and Cookies

May 2, 2012 02:54 AM
Bruce said...

I would pick “Sugar Baby” and cook something from it because it would make my wife happy!

May 2, 2012 02:55 AM
Beatriz said...

Wow! I’ve got more than 100 cookbooks but none of the above … I’d love to bake from Flour.

May 2, 2012 02:55 AM
Nemo said...

I would totally try out that marshmallow book! It just looks so FUN and COLORFUL. Although knowing me I’d just make a mess of it!

May 2, 2012 02:55 AM
Chrissy said...

I’d start with something from Milk and Cookies, but my sisterr loves Marshmallows. I saw Back in the Day on Dave’s cookbook corner, and Ree sold her’s out there in just a few minutes and would love to peruse them. And I like only two kinds of pie: hot and cold:) What to choose, what to choose…

May 2, 2012 02:58 AM
Mary H said...

I’d love to try The Back In the Day Bakery Cookbook….first. Quite a few of them look tempting.

May 2, 2012 03:00 AM
Jenn said...

Pioneer woman. I love her chocolate cake recipe!

May 2, 2012 03:01 AM
Jenn W. said...

I’d love to bake from Handheld Pies!

May 2, 2012 03:01 AM
Carrie said...

Oh my the hand held pies look wonderful and so fun!!

May 2, 2012 03:01 AM
Sarah said...

Milk and Cookies! I would love to make more cookies.

May 2, 2012 03:04 AM
Elizabeth M said...

So many to choose from, though I have had my eye on the Joy the baker cookbook for a while now!

May 2, 2012 03:04 AM
Lorie said...

I would have to choose Handheld Pies. Although all of them look great!

May 2, 2012 03:05 AM
Tanya K. Moyer said...

Ooo…how to choose?? They all sound wonderful! Definitely SugarBaby…that looks very fun! Then Pioneer Woman’s new one. I love her first one! Can’t go wrong with her books!

Thanks for the giveaway!

May 2, 2012 03:08 AM
Amy Tong said...

I’m quite happy to say, I have quite a few books that are the same in your collection….but still, there are many many more I want to own from your list, such as the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. I just purchased my very first ice cream machine and haven’t make anything yet. This book would definitely help me to get started. :) Thank you so much for a chance to win….I’m keeping my fingers cross.

May 2, 2012 03:08 AM
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