The Baking Book Month…

Going back to extreme budget living could not have come at a worst time (#whitegirlwhineycookproblem) as October is the month that several cookbooks I have been waiting for will be released. The one I was most excited for already came out. I sung it’s praises here and must say you probably should have it in your collection… Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients .All of the Baked books are wonderful.

Since so many people ask me what cookbook they should get. It’s a hard question as tastes vary. But usually the first book I tell people to get is The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts. Good basic recipes that turn out and can be adapted to do many things.

Ones I don’t know if I can recommend or not but really, really kind of want (not need) are:

More from Macrina: New Favorites from Seattle’s Popular Neighborhood Bakery. I own the first one and have made some amazing bread from it. The Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread is my go to for sandwich bread. Can’t wait to see what their next one holds.

Speaking of Seattle the one “celebrity” chef we have around here, Tom Douglas finally came out with a baking book from his local hit baker The Dahlia Bakery. Their Coconut Pie is legendary.

And lastly I am so waiting for the Bouchon Bakery. If you have ever dinned at a Thomas Keller establishment then you know this is probably going to be amazing.

Since I can’t go and buy all of them I will have to check them all out at the bookstore and really decide which one I want. What cookbooks are you looking forward to coming out?


  1. Wonderful books!

    Have a great week!



  2. Thank you for the recommendations~

  3. Believe it or not I don’t follow cookbooks. My shelf is already so full that I have taken to just waiting until they show up at my library then checking them out. If I hear of one I must see then I will find it. But I haven’t bought a cookbook in ages. Of course now I have a deep desire to go out and find one I really love and get it. :D

  4. I love cookbooks! I love flipping through the pages and seeing what’s in there. First I look at all the pictures (if there are any) and then I look at the recipes that look interesting and mark them, and then I read the the ingredients and directions word for word.

    I’m don’t usually find out when new cookbooks come out until like right before or the day they come out because people are raving about them. But I do want to get Joy the Baker’s book, Heather’s Sprinkle Bakes book, and Shauna is releasing a book featuring only vanilla within the next few months with I really am dying to get my hands on :)

  5. We just moved from Seattle to Walnut Creek, Ca which is only an hours’ drive to the Napa Valley and Bouchon Bakery! Our favorite place to have breakfast in Napa is a little place right across the street called Pacific Blues. Small menu but very, very good! Then we go across the street and wait in the line for the bakery for some treat to share with another cup of coffee before heading off for a day of wine tasting. I love & miss all the Tom Douglas resturants (our wedding recep was at Palace Ballroom) and Macrina’s is wonderful! (they made our wedding cake). One of the things I wanted to try once we get settled into our new home is making bread from scratch from the Macrina cookbook. And I am excited to see the results of your baking adventures from these cookbooks!

  6. I love cookbooks…I have the new Baked cookbook and love it (I love all their books, I have a lot of successes with their recipes). I am waiting for the Bouchon Bakery cookbook to arrive at my doorstep. Thank goodness I belong to a book club, I usually pay less than Amazon

  7. I have these books on my wishlist. I am so looking forward to the Bouchon Bakery. I have Baked Elements on its way after I sat on the floor of my local Barnes & Noble devouring each page, and deciding that it was a need not a want :) .

  8. If you have a cookbook addiction then DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO! I’m a member of a cookbook club and I am ALWAYS ordering something!! So, if you have no will-power, do NOT join a cookbook club!!! It will sink your boat completely. I have more books than I have shelves! But, this will surely not stop me as this particular addiction is one I can “justify” because others always benefit from these purchases!! Ah…I could have worse addictions, right?!?!?!? Well, now I want the newest “Baked” book!!! Gee, thanks…..

  9. California Caterer says:

    I love everything about baking. I have lots of baking books and PDFs. I think of adding few more books and yours is just perfect!

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