by Abby, Bookseller
When I’m in the store, I look at a lot of cookbooks. I help shelve the cooking section, the covers draw me in, and I need to be able to recommend the new ones to customers like you - right? Yes, these are most definitely excuses I tell myself to justify flipping through cookbook after cookbook.
While I enjoy cooking, I am obsessed with baking; partly because I find it therapeutic (I mean, you sometimes actually get to punch dough when you make bread), and partly because I like eating baked goods more than almost anything else in this world. At a certain point, it just makes more sense to bake it yourself than buy something that only kind of fits what you’re craving.
Which brings me to my collection. After looking through so many cookbooks on a daily basis, I have to physically restrain myself from spending my entire paycheck on each one with a recipe that calls to me. I like to first try a recipe from a cookbook via the library, or from the author’s blog if they have one, so I know whether or not a book is going to be a good fit for me.
So, I’m here to share with you the baking cookbooks that I’ve tried recipes from and loved, and a favorite recipe that I’ve made from each. If it helps to have a third party telling you that yes, I’ve made delicious things from this cookbook and think it’s truly worth the buy, then this post is for you.