Best Baking Books Ever!

A Listmania! list by Nancy J. Walker "bookmonkey" (Kent, WA United States)
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The list author says: "I've been baking since before I was in first grade. By 8th grade, I was cooking all the dinners for our family when my dad got sick and my mom had to go back to work. I still cook, but I really love to bake. It's fascinating to take the same simple ingredients and combine and mix them in different ways for completely different but equally delectable results."
Baking: From My Home to Yours
1.  Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
The list author says:
  "Everything I have made from this book has been fabulous and I've tried about 20 different things. The recipes are easy to follow and to make. Her explanations are clear and not confusing to a novice or any other level baker. The pictures are gorgeous and it's easy to make your confections look like hers."
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The Cake Bible
2.  The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
The list author says:
  "Great for beginners and pros! An absolute must have!!! Rose is a food scientist so her explanations will make everyone a successful baker. And everything is delicious! Also lots of info on pans, tools, and large cakes for crowds (weddings, anniversaries, etc)."
$28.06   Used & New from: $4.69
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

Lee Bailey's Country Desserts
3.  Lee Bailey's Country Desserts by Lee Bailey
The list author says:
  "These are the good old fashioned goodies that everyone loves. Cakes, pies, cobblers, tarts, ice cream, cookies, etc. These are the recipes your grandma used to make--pure, unadulterated comfort food. The coconut cream pie filling is amazing!!"
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Pretty Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating
4.  Pretty Cakes: The Art of Cake Decorating by Mary Goodbody
The list author says:
  "Out of print, but incredible cakes! Recipes are listed separately so you can mix and match flavors. I always get raves on cakes from this book. The Silk Meringue Buttercream is tricky the first time, but it is so light and creamy, it's worth a few tries to get it right."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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The Simple Art of Perfect Baking
5.  The Simple Art of Perfect Baking by Flo Braker
The list author says:
  "Out of print but worth the search!! This might have been republished recently. Flo Braker is an amazing baker. Recipes are easy, clear, concise, and always delicious. You'll never buy Lemon Curd again once you've made her recipe (and it's so easy!!)."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Death by Chocolate Cakes: An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments
6.  Death by Chocolate Cakes: An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments by Marcel Desaulniers
The list author says:
  "All his books are fabulous!! He marks them for level of difficulty but even the easiest are the perfect indulgence for the chocaholic!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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The Silver Palate Cookbook
7.  The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso
The list author says:
  "This is a cookbook, but has some of the best cakes I've ever tasted!! Try the Banana Cake, or the Decadent Chocolate cake, or the Carrot Cake--that recipe has gotten me 2 marriage proposals. I didn't marry either of them but it's the thought that counts!"
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Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie
8.  Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie by Ken Haedrich
$21.40   Used & New from: $6.24
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Baking by Flavor
9.  Baking by Flavor by Lisa Yockelson
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In the Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker's Companion
10.  In the Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker's Companion by Regan Daley
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The Pie and Pastry Bible
11.  The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
$34.72   Used & New from: $6.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

Bubby's Homemade Pies
12.  Bubby's Homemade Pies by Ron Silver
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The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts
13.  The Secrets of Baking: Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts by Sherry Yard
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills: Recipes from the Sweetest Life Ever
14.  Desserts by the Yard: From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills: Recipes from the Sweetest Life Ever by Martha Rose Shulman
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas
15.  I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate Christmas by Marcel Desaulniers
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate
16.  Bittersweet: Recipes and Tales from a Life in Chocolate by Alice Medrich
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Chocolate and Vanilla
17.  Chocolate and Vanilla by Gale Gand
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ChocolateChocolate
18.  ChocolateChocolate by Lisa Yockelson
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Bake It to the Limit: Easy-To-Prepare Desserts With Showstopping Variations for Special Occasions
19.  Bake It to the Limit: Easy-To-Prepare Desserts With Showstopping Variations for Special Occasions by Dede Wilson
The list author says:
  "All the recipes I've tried have been easy and she offers lots of variations so you can personalize the dessert for you or that special someone. I recommend this to novices. That way I know they'll enjoy their initial baking experiences and not give up. But this isn't just for novices; it's great for every level of talent!"
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The Cake Mix Doctor
20.  The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn
The list author says:
  "This is great for people who say they can't bake. Although I find scratch cakes just as easy to make, sometimes I'm out of an ingredient, so I reach for a cake mix. Anne knows how to make a cake mix taste like a scratch cake. Plus she offers lots of tips on the best things to add to cake mixes to enhance flavors. Great book! Get the Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor too!!"
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Nancy J. Walker "bookmonkey" (Kent, WA United States)
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Qualifications: Baker Extraordinaire, Occasional Caterer, Dessert Lover
Last updated: 1/3/08
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