Cook’s Library: What’s Baking on the Shelves
It’s a tough life opening the door for the UPS guy who drops off a review copy of a new cookbook on a nearly daily basis. Hey, somebody’s gotta do it. On the floor by my desk is a tower of new titles that I’m snacking on, bit by bit. Today’s sampler is a trio of baking books all worth a looksee.
Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads by Nancy Baggett
Post Food section contributor Nancy Baggett, who’s got a dozen other books under her belt, has dreamed up a collection of 75 recipes for no-knead bread. I must admit, I’ve been slow to warm up to this idea that seems counterintuitive, but Baggett seems to have it all down to a science. She even includes a section on making over your traditional yeast recipes to the Kneadless method. Stay tuned in coming days for a kitchen report on her white sandwich bread. Just released this week.
Betty Crocker Baking Basics: Recipes and Tips to Bake with Confidence
I tend to give away my BC books to folks who really need the tutorials, but I’m not letting go of this baking primer anytime soon. Score! Loaded with pictorial how-tos and “What Went Wrong?” troubleshooting tips, this book is a keeper for bakers of all levels. The collection of 360 recipes includes cookies, cakes, pies and bread, and yes, I’ll be testing the Classic White Bread to compare it with Baggett’s no-knead version! Details to come. Release date: Feb. 16.
Oh, and did I mention the kitchen-friendly spiral format?
Mollie Katzen’s Recipes: Desserts
The venerable Mollie Katzen, of Moosebook Cookbook (now 30 years old) and Enchanted Broccoli Forest Fame, has repackaged 50 of her dessert recipes into this stand-alone, stand-up mini volume. That’s right Desserts has been cleverly designed as a spiral, stand-up easel, no page-turning required (pictured, above). What a great gift idea. More importantly, why aren’t more cookbooks designed this way? Release date: March.
What cookbooks are you currently devouring? Share your finds, both new and old, in the comments area.
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