Baking Books Worth Owning

A Listmania! list by R. Billings (Holland, MI)
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The list author says: "There are plenty of baking books out there, but how many can you really fit on your shelf? I tend to check a cookbook out of the library and "test drive" it before buying, so only a treasured few actually have a permanent place in my home. Here are my top picks for books that are actually worth owning if your tastes run--as mine do--toward the caramelly, chocolatey, messy, peanut buttery, non-low-fat, very American, made-with-real-ingredients end of the baking spectrum."
The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook A James Beard Award Winner (King Arthur Flour Cookbooks)
1.  The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook A James Beard Award Winner (King Arthur Flour Cookbooks) by King Arthur Flour
$31.29   Used & New from: $4.57
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook
2.  The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook by King Arthur Flour
Used & New from: $15.44
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book
3.  Rosie's Bakery All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar-Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg
Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth
4.  Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth by Jill O'Connor
$15.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Baking by Flavor
5.  Baking by Flavor by Lisa Yockelson
Used & New from: $4.08
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate
6.  Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate by Alice Medrich
Used & New from: $7.31
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Chocolate American Style
7.  Chocolate American Style by Lora Brody
Used & New from: $2.71
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Brownie Lover's Bible
8.  Brownie Lover's Bible by Lisa Slater
$19.49   Used & New from: $2.92
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe
9.  Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang
$20.83   Used & New from: $13.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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R. Billings (Holland, MI)
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Qualifications: Avid life-long baker, fan of excellent chocolate
Last updated: 5/25/12
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