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.

Kathy Goldman said...

Wow, you’ve managed to assemble a great selection of cookbooks! It’s hard to pick but if I must I’d probably go with Humphrey Slocombe ice-cream. I plan on putting my ice cream maker to work this summer!

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

Push up pops look great!

May 2, 2012 07:02 AM
SheilaB said...

Oh My…they all look good! I would love to be able to make bread…so maybe Tartine Bread…or maybe Flour…or no maybe Cookiepedia…..honestly I’m not sure…I LOVE cookbooks! Is it possible to be addicted to cookbooks??? LOL

May 2, 2012 07:02 AM
Olga Papadopoulos said...

I really likes Sugarlicious!

May 2, 2012 07:03 AM
Sharon Summers said...

I just ordered Marshmallow Madness. I can’t wait to get it!

May 2, 2012 07:03 AM
Carolyn F said...

Tough choice…. I would go with the Pie it Forward book because pies have always been my downfall. Getting that crust rolled out and made pretty has been a downfall for me so a book for guidance may be the key! Love you!!

May 2, 2012 07:03 AM
Viktorija said...

I´ve baked soo much these past months: pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, cake pops (I LOVE your book btw), you name it… I would really appreciate Jeni´s Splendid ice creams @home for the upcoming season!

May 2, 2012 07:05 AM
Aimee said...

Milk & Cookies! Ooooooooh YUM!!

May 2, 2012 07:05 AM
Jessica said...

“Milk & Cookies” seems to be calling my name. I know that cookies can be sometimes old fashion, but I’m a sucker for new recipes of my favourites!

May 2, 2012 07:06 AM
Patisserie Paris said...

Hmmm…I think I’d bake from the Marshmallow Madness book first! I’ve been seen it a lot lately on the blogs I follow. Plus, you’re right, the cover is quite appealing! Thanks for the great giveaway Angie :)

May 2, 2012 07:07 AM
Annie said...

Handheld pies look adorable, and they are just that much easier to pick up and eat!

The jars look great too. I think I need to find me some jars to bake in too.

May 2, 2012 07:08 AM
Cheryl said...

I have almost all these books too! Glad to see I’m not the only one who loves to cook & loves cookbooks.

I’d love to see something made from the Sweet Auburn Desserts cookbook. The stacked cakes dessert intrigues me. This is one book I don’t – yet – have. If I win, that will be one of my first purchases.

May 2, 2012 07:09 AM
Felicia said...

I would have to start with Hand Forged Doughnuts….that cake doughnut looks absolutely amazing!!!

May 2, 2012 07:09 AM
Anonymous said...

Suagrlicious and sugarbaby would be fun with my girls. But us pushup pops…. Those sound really interesting!

May 2, 2012 07:09 AM
Jennifer said...

I would like to bake from Sugarlicious.

May 2, 2012 07:09 AM
Angela K said...

Push-up Pops! Yes, please!

May 2, 2012 07:10 AM
Sharon A said...

It would have to be “Sweet Auburn Desserts” since I own that one. But they all look scrumptious, will have to wait for the grandkids next visit. Thank you for starting my day off so sweetly.

May 2, 2012 07:10 AM
Cristina B said...

I’d love to win the Joy the Baker cookbook!

May 2, 2012 07:10 AM
Jessica M. said...

Definitely Hand Forged Donuts! Btw bakerella, even your photos of books are gorgeous!

May 2, 2012 07:10 AM
Jill said...

Pushup pops…. Very creative! I would love those and the sugarlicious book . My kids would love it.

May 2, 2012 07:11 AM
Lori K said...

I like the look of the Milk and Cookies book. All that chocolate in the cups, plus the peanut butter, two of my favorite things mmmm.

May 2, 2012 07:11 AM
Milena Daly said...

I will bake from Back in the day bakery cookbook!!! Everything looks soooo yummy!!! I love books anyway, i will be happy with any of those selections :)

May 2, 2012 07:11 AM
Bonnie C. said...

I have an ice cream maker – would love Jeni’s ice cream book!

May 2, 2012 07:11 AM
Barbara Hickey said...

I have “back in the day cookbook” on my Pinterest wish lish.
But there are several I really want!

I need to know the secret thou of all this bakery on not putting on unwelcomed pounds.

May 2, 2012 07:11 AM
Val said...

They all look great but I think I was most interested in The Sugar Cube or Flour

May 2, 2012 07:12 AM
Reds said...

I just ordered Marshmallow Madness & Pie it Forward from Amazon! Can wait to try both this weekend!!!!

May 2, 2012 07:12 AM
Peggy said...

OMG, this is a hard one because all of the book look great. I would have to say that the one I want to go out and purchase is the “Sweet Auburn Desserts” so that would have to be my favorite.

May 2, 2012 07:13 AM
Tina said...

I would like Push-up Pops. They look fun and it is something new to try.

May 2, 2012 07:13 AM
Becky said...

Difficult to choose, but make some donuts!

May 2, 2012 07:14 AM
Michelle Vandergrift said...

Back in the Day Bakery has been on my list for a while, so I’ll start there.

May 2, 2012 07:14 AM
Bobbie said...

I would start with push up pops. so yummy and cool.

May 2, 2012 07:14 AM
Mary Beth Rucker said...

Home Baked Comfort… a must have in my kitchen!

May 2, 2012 07:15 AM
Kristen said...

Les Petites Macarons! Just can’t resist those pretty Macarons in all those colors. Saw this book in Anthropologie a few weeks ago and ended up sitting and leafing through while I waited for a friend. So lovely!

May 2, 2012 07:15 AM
Carolyn Stewart said...

Definitely Flour and I just love The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. Love your website.

May 2, 2012 07:15 AM
Kim Patterson said...

Pie it Forward! I am going to try these soon! They look scrumptious!!

May 2, 2012 07:15 AM
Caryn B said...

Les Petits Macarons…..I am fascinated with these little treats. I think it’s possible to get very creative with combinations of flavors…..Go for it!

May 2, 2012 07:16 AM
Robin M. said...

I would start with the Pioneer Woman Cooks. Followed by Marshmallow Madness and then the Back in the day Bakery Cookbook. Really, who am I kidding I would relish them all!

May 2, 2012 07:16 AM
Cindy G said...

Pushup Pops. They look amazing.

May 2, 2012 07:16 AM
Susan S. said...

Gorgeous books – how do you choose where to start? Something really charmed me about The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. I’d love to dive in there first.

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
joette said...

ultimate cookies,,,wow

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
Courtney said...

I`m a sucker for milk and cookies, but hand-held pies look amazing too!

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
Southern Gal said...

too many to choose from! Joy the Baker? Or Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home maybe?

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
Ellen said...

Wow… that’s a hard one. I think the Boston Flour book would be at the top of my list. I’ve tried a few treats that my coworker made from that book, and they were amazing!!

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
Andrea Saunders said...

I would love to see the Hand forged donuts. They look insanely delicious.

May 2, 2012 07:17 AM
Kayla C said...

So many good books! It’s like torture!

May 2, 2012 07:18 AM
Heidi said...

Hand forged doughnuts! I have been itching to make doughnuts :+)

May 2, 2012 07:18 AM
mandy f. said...

Sugarlicious!!! I am totally obsessed with flamingos and garden gnomes right now so I really want to make that cutie-pie cake on the cover! And I think I need all of these (except the PW- have that one!) so I really need to win that gift card!!!

May 2, 2012 07:19 AM
Meret said...

i just found out that i can buy pretty awesome macarons in berlin, germany (where i live) and that i lovelovelove them – i’m going on a selfmade-macaron-adventure soon. so i’d have to go with the macaron-book – it looks amazing!

May 2, 2012 07:19 AM
Ann Orgel said...

Back in the Day, please, love the cover!

May 2, 2012 07:19 AM
Becky said...

Sweet Auburn Desserts looks amazing… but my son’s been after me to make homemade doughnuts, so the Top Pot book is tempting too!

May 2, 2012 07:19 AM
Valerie said...

Hand Held Pies. Love cute highly decorated things, but it’s not really my thing. I like the rustic quality this book seems to have.

May 2, 2012 07:19 AM
Christi P. said...

It is a really hard choice! I have a few of your great reads, but I don’t have Home Baked Comforts and I think that would be my first pick! Thank you for sharing your cookbooks. I have a weakness for all cookbooks, but especially baking ones!!

May 2, 2012 07:20 AM
Deborah said...

Oh my goodness. Coffee is brewing, reading this blog this morning… where to start?! I would definately start with FLOUR. From there I would go to Sugar Cube and would work my way thru each one, closing my eyes to choose and just grabbing the third fourth and fifth. and on and on. Thank you for shoing this selection of books which I too love to read thru. I used tothink my sister was crazy, reading cookbooks but what a change of heart I have had reading thru so many already and ready for more! Thanks SO much! Deborah

May 2, 2012 07:20 AM
Sabrina Serrano said...

Pushup pops! Especially with summertime on the way ^_^

May 2, 2012 07:21 AM
Jess said...

Joy the Baker’s–I love reading her beautiful posts!

May 2, 2012 07:21 AM
Carolina said...

Marshmallow Madness!!! They look tasty and fun. Add chocolate even better!

May 2, 2012 07:22 AM
Lisa said...

Think I’d start with “Flour” because I’d like to explore the mysteries and wonder of using flour CORRECTLY. I try, but am not well-versed YET.

May 2, 2012 07:22 AM
Amanda C said...

Definitely I would start with the Handheld Pies! Then The Pioneer Woman Cooks! It would be hard to choose where to start. Thank you, thank you for reviewing these. What a great way to let all your readers know what’s out there!

May 2, 2012 07:22 AM
Michelle said...

I would make rock candy for my kids from the cook book Sugar Baby. I am not sure they have ever had it and it reminds me of summer vacations when I was a kid.

May 2, 2012 07:23 AM
Sue said...

I have a couple of these books, but Sugar Baby is not one of them.

May 2, 2012 07:24 AM
Michelle said...

Pioneer Woman!

May 2, 2012 07:24 AM
Rebecca said...

Such a great resource, thank you! I have been meaning to get the Pioneer Woman cookbook, and now I have so many more to add to my list!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Beth M said...

So hard to choose! I was at B&N the other day, reading through a huge stack of cookbooks, and many of those were in my pile. I’d have to say Back in the Day is the one I’d start with.

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Amber said...

Its hard to pick just one! But if I muuuust, I would say the ‘Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook. It calls to me!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Tammy V said...

I think you should do what you feel because then you get your best results. I am also afraid of breads with yeast so i started a friendship bread. my daughter and i made your pandas and went on to make pink pandas,grizzly bears, and polar bears so no matter what you decide we will love it.

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Amanda said...

Sweet Auburn Delights! Those cakes look amazing!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Jessica said...

I think I would have to start with Sugarlicious – it just looks so fun & colorful!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
jillmc said...

I would have to choose Pie It Forward………pies are my next project! Thanks for the awesome opportunity to win a great prize!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Michelle L said...

This looks like a great collection of cookbooks, it’s hard to choose. I think I’d have to go with the push pops because I’ve been dying to try them. Thanks for sharing!

May 2, 2012 07:25 AM
Jess said...

Marshmallow madness for sure!

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
Katie said...

I’d go with Home-Baked Comfort as a first choice, but I was also hooked in with Tartine Bread, because it scares me a little bit, too – I think we should both go for it, though!

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
Clementine said...

I have always wanted to try making marshmallows so Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever sounds wonderful to me! I love your blog!

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
debra bement said...

The Divvies!!! All look so yummy!!! Can’t wait to start!!!

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
Weaverbec said...

Handheld Pies and Pie it Forward. And after that, Pioneer Woman, she never disappoints.

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
clazek said...

You are amazing! The pioneer woman but cookies and milk is sure making it difficult. They all look like amazing books. Thanks for sharing.

May 2, 2012 07:26 AM
Jeanne J said...

wow- hard to choose- what great looking books and photographs! ! I am alwasys on the lookout for dairy free sicne I have a dairy allergy- so the Divves bakery one for me, but there are several more certainly on my list :)

May 2, 2012 07:27 AM
Tammy G said...

That is a hard one!! I think it would be a toss-up between Handheld Pies and Milk and Cookies!!
What a lovely collection!

May 2, 2012 07:27 AM
Maya J. said...

I think I’d want to start with “Marshmallow Madness” because it is something that’s very different, – that I’ve never dabbled in before. The variety of marshmallow shapes and colors on the cover peak quite the interest!

May 2, 2012 07:27 AM
Ranner said...

Thanks again for your posts!
#1] The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond
#2] Joy the baker
#3] Push-up-pops look quite interesting too!
Too many good ones to try :)

May 2, 2012 07:28 AM
Kelly said...

Joy the Baker! I’ve been following her for years. Love her!

May 2, 2012 07:28 AM
Cara said...

The Pioneer Woman — can’t go wrong there.

May 2, 2012 07:28 AM
evey said...

marshmallow madness~!

May 2, 2012 07:29 AM
Elizabeth N said...

I would definitely want the Petite Macaroon book b/c I can’t get enough of them. Also a Pie in the Hand. I don’t own any of these, so thanks for the list to start my collection

May 2, 2012 07:29 AM
Priscilla Goh said...

I would love to try Jeni’s splendid ice cream and milk & cookies and home baked comfort and ….I can’t stop!!! You make me want to buy these books too!!!

May 2, 2012 07:29 AM
Vicki Bensinger said...

Wow this is really a tough choice to make since they all sound great. I have 2 of the books already. I think I’d have to start with Sugarbaby. I love candy and those pictured take me back to my youth. That said though, I think any of them would be great.

Amazon loves me and thanks to this post they’re gonna love me even more!

May 2, 2012 07:30 AM
Priscilla Goh said...

Oops was too excited and forgot my email address in the last post.

I would love to try Jeni’s splendid ice cream and milk & cookies and home baked comfort and ….I can’t stop!!! You make me want to buy these books too!!!

May 2, 2012 07:30 AM
Laufa said...

Pioneer Woman – I have watched, read, and cooked up many of her recipes. Joy the Baker is my second choice, I appreciate her her uniqueness that I read through her blog.

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
Anna N. said...

I am most intrigued with the pushup pops book. I really don’t think you can go wrong though.

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
sordna said...

i would try “Les petits macarons” but it’s a difficult decision I would try them all

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
Donna said...

I have to go with SugarBaby – - just love the humor and great advice.

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
Juliana said...

Oh my gosh – I was scrolling through your post thinking that my wallet was definitely going to be abused here pretty soon. So much for me wondering what cookbooks to get next!
I would probably go for “The Divvies Bakery Cookbook.” I’m only-yogurt-away-from-being-a-vegan, and I have special dietary considerations, so it looks like I could have some fun with it! :)

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
Jann said...

Oh gosh. All of those cookbooks look amazing! I’d try Joy the Baker since her blog recipes are pretty outstanding and I’m sure the book is just as great.

May 2, 2012 07:31 AM
Joyce said...

Sugarlicious by Meaghan Mountford

May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Amy L said...

Oh my gosh, I want the Marshmallow Madness book! I always make my own marshmallows and that looks just scrumptious – maple bacon marshmallows?? Who would have thunk it?


May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Tammie said...

wow so many choices and they all look like great reads – i’d opt to try the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book , we love making homeade ice cream!

May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Stacia S. said...

Definitely the Push-Up Pops. They will be perfect for Teacher Appreciation luncheons.

May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I just got an ice cream maker so I’d love to try the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book!

May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Hannah said...

I would start with “Flour.” They all look good but the photos on the cover of that one are making my mouth water!

May 2, 2012 07:32 AM
Melissa B said...

I’d go for Milk & Cookies first. I can’t resist a delicious cookie!!!

May 2, 2012 07:33 AM
Kristi said...

Home Baked Comfort or Sugar Cube – how fun!

May 2, 2012 07:34 AM
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