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.

Viiriainen said...

I fell completely in love with Cheryl and Griffith, and bacon jam.

May 2, 2012 03:09 AM
Sandy said...

Ultimate Cookies! They are so cute!

May 2, 2012 03:10 AM
michelle Mango said...

i like to start with les petit macaroons it looks delightful to me then I would try the marshmallow madness next coz it looks so fun! or maybe all at the same time? lolz

May 2, 2012 03:10 AM
Kezia said...

What a tough choice, all of those books look amazing! I would say Sweet Auburn Desserts looks like a fantastic book though, and definitely something I would buy if I won the giveaway!

May 2, 2012 03:10 AM
Melanie J. said...

Like you, I will never say no to a donut so I’d have to get Top Pot Hand Forged Donuts….yum!

May 2, 2012 03:11 AM
Heidi Leanne said...

I need the Divvies cookbook – that will save me a lot of hassle of trying to make up the recipes as I go along (and not always with very good success)

May 2, 2012 03:13 AM
Taylor said...

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts! That is the next thing that I want to tackle in adding to my at home baking arsenal :)

May 2, 2012 03:14 AM
Renate Janse said...

I would go for Handheld Pies. That just looks delicious! I also would try the cookbook of the Pioneer Woman.

May 2, 2012 03:14 AM
Jill Grech said...

Sugar Baby!

May 2, 2012 03:15 AM
Angela S. said...

I love pies AND macarons.. so I would have to say both of those books!!

May 2, 2012 03:15 AM
Tiffany Horton said...

Milk & cookies!!! now I need a late night snack!

May 2, 2012 03:17 AM
christina chen said...

Les Petits Macarons!! I instantly put it on my wish list haha. i have been going through a macaron phase for the past..oh..2 years (: yum!

May 2, 2012 03:17 AM
Shibolet said...

“Marshmallow Madness” look soo cute, I like to try it!!

May 2, 2012 03:18 AM
Eliza said...

Handheld Pies – what a wonderful idea! I am always looking for new pies to make..sweet and savoury!! Some amazing books right here – very jealous of your collection!

May 2, 2012 03:19 AM
Kristia Paz said...

The les petits macarons cookbook seems interesting. I’ve always wanted to make perfect macarons!

May 2, 2012 03:19 AM
kent h said...

cookiepedia looks good

May 2, 2012 03:19 AM
Cindy said...

Start with “Tartine Bread”, once out of my bread coma, move down the stack….all seem to be winners

May 2, 2012 03:20 AM
Rawyah Alsunaid said...

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts and Flour.

May 2, 2012 03:20 AM
Dominique Simone said...

I wana try out push up pops, handheld pies, and ultimate cookies. The strawberry push up looked so good. I’m looking for the book right now to try it.

May 2, 2012 03:20 AM
min said...

Home baked comfort!!

May 2, 2012 03:21 AM
Hannah said...

Hard choice but I’d have to go with handheld pies…how could you resist?!

May 2, 2012 03:21 AM
chuan said...

it’ll have to be Tartine Bread, since i love bread!

May 2, 2012 03:22 AM
Dominique Simone said...

Push up pops. Dey look so good. Especially dat strawberry one.

May 2, 2012 03:22 AM
Whitney said...

Home baked Comfort looks great! Also, Milk and Cookies, can’t go wrong with baking cookies! :)

May 2, 2012 03:23 AM
Nathan Chen said...

i’ll choose milk and cookies, so that mom can bake some for me. :)

May 2, 2012 03:24 AM
Elizabeth S said...

They all look awesome, but Marshmallow Madness just looks so fun and colorful I’d have to start there!

May 2, 2012 03:24 AM
Ashley said...

Marshmallow Madness! Love anything with marshmallows. Although all the books look amazing!!

May 2, 2012 03:25 AM
Michelle said...

handheld pies :)

May 2, 2012 03:26 AM
Jayne said...

Oh… Joy’s book for sure. I have a major girl baker crush on her. :-)

May 2, 2012 03:26 AM
Sarah B. said...

That is a hard question as I’m drooling looking at all those pictures AND I’m trying not to eat sweets right now…such an awful idea, right?!! That being said, I think I’d pick Pioneer Woman’s as I already have it and those orange rolls look amazing!

May 2, 2012 03:27 AM
Gillian Mackenzie said...

All of them lool devine. I’ve just ordered Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook! Although I now have all the other books on my Amazon Wish List!

May 2, 2012 03:27 AM
Denise said...

Handheld Pies or Home Baked Comfort!! But all of them looked fantastic! My cookbook shelf could use some fresh recipes in there!

May 2, 2012 03:28 AM
Anonymous said...

My goodness! I can see why you’re having a hard time picking where to start! I would have to start with the pioneer woman’s cookbook, but only because I have been coveting that baby since I heard/read she was going to be published!

May 2, 2012 03:28 AM
Debbie said...

Handheld Pies looks so awesome!!! I definitely want to get this!

May 2, 2012 03:28 AM
C. said...

Hand Forged Doughnuts! OMG and Handheld Pies!

I’m so hungry now!

May 2, 2012 03:28 AM
Elle said...

That’s a tough choice… But it would be either the Tartine Bread (I love baking breads!) or the Handheld Pies (I love pies but only make chocolate pie because that’s the only kind my kids eat. Maybe if it’s cute and handheld they’ll eat a bigger variety of pies)

May 2, 2012 03:28 AM
Monica T. said...

Marshmallow madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 2, 2012 03:29 AM
Ruberta said...

I’d have to say the cover for “Sweet Auburn Desserts” stopped me in my tracks but the “Pioneer Woman Cooks” definitely runs a close second.

May 2, 2012 03:29 AM
MissKimz said...

Sugarlicious & Sugar Baby!! Very much my style… bright, colorful.. and CUTE! ?

May 2, 2012 03:29 AM
Cinna said...

Ooooo. My vote is for Flour! :- D

May 2, 2012 03:30 AM
elena said...

Sugarlicious by Meaghan Mountford. of course!!!
love such things and love to make them with my children too!!!

May 2, 2012 03:30 AM
Happy said...

Sweet Auburn Desserts would be my choice!

May 2, 2012 03:30 AM
Katie m said...

What a FANTASTIC post! every single one of these books look like a wonderful read! I am so in love with food photography and so my favourite would have to be the ‘Sweet Auburn Desserts” with that absolutely sumptuous looking cover photo! Would Love to see what sort of photos are inside and even better… recipes for baking! Reading this post was avery good use of the last 20 odd minutes! Thankyou Bakerella!

May 2, 2012 03:31 AM
alisha R. said...

I’d go with joy. I adore her and everytime i read her blog i feel like we are friends and shes telling me a story.

May 2, 2012 03:32 AM
Christine K said...

I have both Ree and Joy’s cookbooks and have loved everything I’ve made from them. Of all of these though, I think I want to get Flour or Sugar Baby

May 2, 2012 03:32 AM
Jill said...

I need that Marshmallow cookbook. Like now. I have been cooking from Ree’s latest book and the Mountain Dew apple dumplings are to die for.

May 2, 2012 03:33 AM
Rhnée O'Brien said...

It’s difficult to choose only one…too many delicious, mouth-watering choices!! Since I have to choose only one…it would be…”Handheld Pies.” My hubby and children LOVE pie, so making individual, handheld pies would be great! :)

May 2, 2012 03:34 AM
Amanda F said...

SugarBaby is already on my Amazon wishlist. I love making my own lollipops. Blue raspberry bears with a little bit of citric acid are the best.

May 2, 2012 03:36 AM
Doris said...

Some tough choices! I would go with Flour and Humphrey Slocum’s ice creams.

May 2, 2012 03:37 AM
Jessica said...

It would be a toss up between Milk and Cookies and the Sweet Auburn Bakery cookbooks. Drool.

May 2, 2012 03:38 AM
Dora Moreno said...

OMGosh! So many to choose from but I think I’d try making marshmallows first. I’ve never made them but I’ve had homemade marshmallows before.!!

May 2, 2012 03:39 AM
ifigenia said...

I believe that Jeni’s Ice creams would be ideal. Summer is on the way so get ready for the big hot days!!!

Good Luck anyway

May 2, 2012 03:40 AM
Rocio said...

So difficult a choice but, maybe, “Home baked comfort”!!

May 2, 2012 03:41 AM
Laura s said...

As soon as I read the title, I knew what book I wanted to cook from – Handheld Pies! My waistline is in so much trouble! :-)

May 2, 2012 03:42 AM
Mareike said...

I love the Pioneer Woman and Joy’s blogs and have coveted their books for a while but right now, “Handheld Pies” sounds right up my alley! I love portion-sized baking opportunities :).

May 2, 2012 03:42 AM
eunice said...

i think i would like the book on macarons or the book by pioneer woman or the pie one :)

May 2, 2012 03:43 AM
Lauri said...

Flour, The Divvies, Cookiepedia and The Sugar Cube.

May 2, 2012 03:43 AM
Courtney P. said...

I would want to bake from the Push-Up Pops book first. The cover is making my mouth water just looking at it! :)

-Courtney P.

May 2, 2012 03:44 AM
Nurbaya Abd Rashid said...

What a sweet coincidence.I just bought The Sugar Cube two days ago.Haven’t got the time to try it,go with that one,please…Thank You

May 2, 2012 03:45 AM
Virginie said...

I’d pick Sugarlicious first. It looks too cute!

May 2, 2012 03:45 AM
Liz said...

Oooh, that Cookiepedia one is right up my alley

May 2, 2012 03:46 AM
Johnell said...

Definitely Cookiepedia… yum, i love making/ eating cookies!

May 2, 2012 03:47 AM
Emily B said...

If I had to pick one, I’d start w/Ree’s latest Pioneer Woman cookbook … but they all look great!

May 2, 2012 03:47 AM
Brooke E said...

“Sugarbaby!” I’ve been wanting to work with sugar art for a while.

May 2, 2012 03:48 AM
Five Family said...

Push Up Pops! Who knew that an ice cream truck favorite would make it into the kitchen?!

May 2, 2012 03:48 AM
Angela Tylee said...

I am torn between Handheld Pies and Marshmallow Madness!
And Home Baked Comfort sounds like my kind of cooking. I’d love all of these books, who am I kidding?! But I’m going to say Handheld Pies. A warm handheld pie, a blanket, some cushions and a good book… A good COOK book… divine!

May 2, 2012 03:48 AM
Iris said...

If it were me, I’d be adventurous and go for the Tartine Bread!

May 2, 2012 03:50 AM
Ali A said...

I’m torn between Sugar Baby & Divvies. I’ve been experimenting with allergen free cooking since my daughter was diagnosed and baking is the most challenging. I love Gesine’s blog and that cotton candy on the cover of her book looks SO yummy!

May 2, 2012 03:50 AM
Wendy said...

Looking at the covers and spines of these books just made me want to sit on the floor of my kitchen with my back against the cupboards and slowly thumb through each and every one of them whilst putting little sticky notes alongside all my favourites and writing out a grocery list of required additional items!
So many of these books tickled my baking fancy, but as I love the traditional, old fashioned favourites, I was getting rather excited with The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook ;0)

May 2, 2012 03:51 AM
Elaine arevalo said...

Hi bakerella! I am overwhelmed :)) don’t exactly know where to start :) probably i will try Marshmallow Madness first because my daughter loves marshmallows, it would be a great bonding time for us too since it will be the first time we’re gonna make homemade mallows :) very attractive colors, make me wanna have a bite right away! Mmmmmm!


May 2, 2012 03:53 AM
Jessica Kan said...

Push Up Pops please!! That is going to be interesting!

May 2, 2012 03:53 AM
Natalie Fourie said...

The back in the day bakery cookbook looks perfect. I would love to see it make it all the way here to Australia!

May 2, 2012 03:54 AM
Minnie said...

Who would be able to resist some macarons? I have been dying to try baking some – so the macaron book would be my choice!

May 2, 2012 03:56 AM
amy marantino said...

i would like Flour by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson

May 2, 2012 03:57 AM
Gina said...

These books all look amazing, but I have to say I would like to start with Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts! Yummy!!

May 2, 2012 03:58 AM
whilehewasout said...

I’d go straight to the Handheld Pies book, even the cover looks yummy!!

May 2, 2012 03:58 AM
Erica T said...

I would definitely check out Push-Up Pops and Les Petit Macarons. So many great books to look into! Thanks for sharing!!

May 2, 2012 03:59 AM
Kathy G. said...

I’ve baked from a lot of them, but I really would like to master the macaron. So I’m going with Les Petits Macarons.

May 2, 2012 03:59 AM
dana said...

Les Petits Macarons,Handheld Pies,Milk & Cookies,

May 2, 2012 03:59 AM
Karyn said...

I can’t decide. I want a bite from each book. I say let a random generator decide the outcome.

May 2, 2012 03:59 AM
ThisBakerGirlBlogs said...

Definitely Sweet Auburn Desserts – if the cover is that good I can’t imagine what it must be like inside! :)

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

Oops forgot to input my info for my comment haha

but this was my original post
Anonymous said…

My goodness! I can see why you’re having a hard time picking where to start! I would have to start with the pioneer woman’s cookbook, but only because I have been coveting that baby since I heard/read she was going to be published!

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

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook by Lori Sandler

My Mom has a lot of food allergies so maybe there are some recipes in there I can use to bake her a birthday treat.

May 2, 2012 04:05 AM
Nida said...

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

I love Ree. I read her blog (pretty much all of it, although the Charlie posts are my favorite) and I’m thinking of ordering her books!

May 2, 2012 04:05 AM
Melissa @ Best Frends For Frosting said...

I’m eager to get Joy The Baker’s cookbook!

May 2, 2012 04:07 AM
Nikki said...

I’d have to pick the Hand held Pies! They’d definitely make lunch or breakfast on the go way more fun!

May 2, 2012 04:07 AM
Julia said...

I’m definitely a cookie fan, so I’d have to choose Milk and Cookies, although every book in that list looks fabulous.

May 2, 2012 04:09 AM
Marie G said...

Joy the Baker….I’m all over those chili cheese fries!

May 2, 2012 04:11 AM
Lynne said...

Jenni’s Ice Cream!!! Summer is coming up. .

May 2, 2012 04:12 AM
Cindy E. said...

Pushup Pops…looks so cute and perfect for a party!

May 2, 2012 04:14 AM
Grace said...

They all look delicious but I would start with Divvies, to get some ideas for gluten free baking as I’ve never tried it!

May 2, 2012 04:15 AM
Rinali said...

I’d go with The back in the day cookbook. . .would love to know what recipes it has! :)

May 2, 2012 04:16 AM
Karen A said...

Les Petits Macarons all the way!
Not that I don’t love any of the other books, but I’ve been wanting to discover different flavors for macarons that I’ve finally learned to make and that book….it calls me! :D

May 2, 2012 04:16 AM
Rivka said...

They ALL look so savory!! But I think I’ll have to go with Les Petits Macarons by Kathryn Gordon and Anne McBride. I’ve developed a rather sweet tooth for macarons in particular and would love to try out some wonderful recipes! (and for sweet inspiration ;)

May 2, 2012 04:18 AM
linda said...

flour by chang…i have been eyeing this book & would be s.o.o.o happy to have in my CB library! thanks for the chance!!

May 2, 2012 04:18 AM
Aimee Brown said...

All these books look awesome and I would pick all of them if I could,
But ‘Marshmallo Madness’ would be my pick.
I have only made marshmallows once and they
didn’t turn out real well, I really wish I had this
book, to try to make them again.

May 2, 2012 04:20 AM
Denise M said...

I love cookbooks! Many of these I wasn’t aware of; Joy the Baker Cookbook looks awesome/very tempting. I am also keen on Donna Hay Seasons, and the book, Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
by Kim Boyce

May 2, 2012 04:20 AM
Elisabeth said...

Marshmallow Madness,
BTW it’s my birthday on the 3rd of May, would be the best present EVER :)

May 2, 2012 04:20 AM
Laura said...

I don’t know how I would be able to choose from such an amazing collection! Doughnuts have been on my list for a while now, though, so I think I’d have to go with “Hand-Forged Doughnuts.” In close second and third were “Handheld Pies” and “Tartine Bread.” The “Cookiepedia” is just gorgeous to look at!

May 2, 2012 04:21 AM
Shona said...

Handheld Pies. Mmm….pies!

May 2, 2012 04:22 AM
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