Hi there.

I figured that I’d post some of my favourite books here, and a little bit about why I like them so much.

Baking
James Peterson
10 Speed Press

Apart from the 1500 beautiful photographs that detail the recipes every step of the way, Baking is a well-written, easy to understand guide on baking, decorating, and ingredients. Peterson’s book covers cakes, cookies, bars, pies, tarts, and breads, as well as tips on decorating, fillings, and toppings.

Honest Pretzels
Mollie Katzen
Tricycle Press

Honest Pretzels was one of my first cookbooks as a child. Its recipes are meant for children 8 and up and contain very easy-to-follow drawn directions. Although the book is meant for children, it isn’t pandering in any way and I still crack it open from time to time. It also has the best recipe for chocolate vegan cake I’ve ever come across.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle
Borzoi Books

No list would be complete without the standard. French Cooking has been a staple for home cooks since it was published. The authors take a very concise, hands-on approach to cooking, resulting in a simple guide on creating great meals.

The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea
Michael Harney
Penguin Press

Harney and Sons is an excellent company to buy tea from, but this book is really something to go for. The book talks about the history of tea around the world, and includes very detailed descriptions on all of the teas they carry. It includes brewing and tasting instructions, and is an overall excellent education on tea.


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