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Best Dessert Cookbooks

Sweeten your baking skills with the cream of dessert cookbooks, chosen from the favorite lists of foodie influencers and ranked by their prevalence in reviews.

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Revised Edition
Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson, Alice Waters - 2006-08-24
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An utterly fresh, inspiring, and invaluable cookbook: Every once in a while, a cookbook comes along that instantly says "classic." This is one of them. Acclaimed pastry chef Elisabeth Prueitt and master baker Chad Robertson share their secrets, fabulous recipes, and expertise to create a truly priceless collection of culinary delights."One peek int...
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Iconic American Desserts
Stella Parks - 2017-08-15
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Indulge in classic American desserts with BraveTart, a cookbook written by an award-winning pastry chef. From One-Bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake to Glossy Fudge Brownies, all your favorites are here with over 200 customizable variations. But BraveTart isn't just a cookbook- it's a fascinating look into the surprising stories behind iconic desserts. With vintage advertisements and breathtaking photography, this book is sure to become an American classic.
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The Baking Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum - 2014-10-28
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Discover a legendary baker's extensive "bible" of foolproof baking with all-new recipes for cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more. With detail-oriented instructions, ingenious tips, and highlights for success, each recipe is truly foolproof. From everyday crowd-pleasers to show-stopping stunners, this comprehensive guide proves delicious perfection is within reach for any baker.
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The Cake Bible
Rose Levy Beranbaum - 1988-09-20
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A culinary classic, this book is the ultimate guide for anyone who wants to make delicious, exquisite cakes. Written by a renowned writer for food magazines, newspapers, and The New York Times, this book breaks down even the most complex techniques into easy-to-follow recipes. Discover how to make buttery, tender layer cakes in under five minutes with perfect results every time, create the most fabulous chocolate cake with just three ingredients, and make cakes with less sugar but maximum flavor and texture. With recipes for every major type of cake, this is a must-have for any home baker.
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Dessert Person
Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence
Claire Saffitz - 2020-10-20
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Indulge in over 100 meticulously tested, sweet and savory recipes from a baking hero for a new generation, complete with problem-solving strategies and practical do's and don'ts. Discover Claire Saffitz's unique take on desserts, including innovative creations like Babkallah and Malted Forever Brownies. With Dessert Person, learn how to conquer common baking challenges and become a dessert person like never before.
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What's for Dessert
Simple Recipes for Dessert People
Claire Saffitz - 2022-11-08
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Indulge in the sweet world of desserts with this mouthwatering cookbook by a renowned author. Packed with over 100 recipes, including flambés, soufflés, loaf cakes, and more, this collection is designed for all dessert enthusiasts. Even if you don't have a stand mixer, don't worry because these recipes are streamlined and simple to follow. From icebox cakes to custards, Claire Saffitz provides efficient and foolproof recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth. With troubleshooting advice and her signature warmth and encouragement, this book is a must-have for any dessert lover.
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Pastry Love
A Baker's Journal of Favorite Recipes
Joanne Chang - 2019-11-05
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Explore a comprehensive collection of 125 dessert recipes from the James Beard award-winning baker and Flour bakery owner, Joanne Chang. Pastry Love is a must-have for baking enthusiasts and beginners alike, featuring easy-to-follow recipes for Lemon Sugar Cookies to showstoppers like Passion Fruit Crepe Cake. The book also includes master lessons and essential techniques on making pastry cream, lemon curd, puff pastry, and more. Discover the joy of baking with Pastry Love.
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The Last Course
The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern
Claudia Fleming, Melissa Clark - 2019-11-12 (first published in 2001)
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Discover mouth-watering dessert recipes seasonally organized by fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, spices, dairy, and chocolate in this cookbook. Indulge in Blueberry-Cornmeal Cakes, Tamarind-Glazed Mango Napoleons, Truffled Rice Pudding and more of the 175 recipes included. Feast your eyes on 85 full-color photos highlighting the delicious desserts featured in the book.
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Desserts from London's Ottolenghi [A Baking Book]
Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh - 2017-10-03
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Indulge in the exotic flavors of fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio, and cardamom with over 110 innovative recipes for cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes, and ice cream in this stunning new baking and desserts cookbook. From Tahini and Halva Brownies to Persian Love Cakes and Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut, and Rosewater, you'll find something to delight everyone, from simple mini-cakes to showstopping layer cakes.
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The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking with Over 200 Magnificent Recipes
Shirley O. Corriher - 2008-10-28 (first published in 2003)
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Explore the science behind better baking with this award-winning and bestselling guide by culinary expert Shirley O. Corriher. From her years of experience in both the kitchen and the lab, Shirley shares essential techniques for making perfect pastries, cakes, breads, and more. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced baker, you'll learn why certain techniques work and how to apply them to create delicious and impressive baked goods. With tips and recipes from famous chefs and pastry masters, as well as Shirley's own touch of science, BakeWise is a must-have for every baker's shelf.
Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan
Chloe's Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli
Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day
Snackable Bakes by Jessie Sheehan
A Good Day to Bake by Benjamina Ebuehi
Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
The Book on Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell
Flour by Joanne Chang
The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer
The Joy of Vegan Baking, Revised and Updated by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Mary Berry's Baking Bible by Mary Berry
Baking with Dorie by Dorie Greenspan
Black Girl Baking by Jerrelle Guy
The King Arthur Baking School by King Arthur Baking Company
The Art of French Pastry by Jacquy Pfeiffer, Martha Rose Shulman
Simple Cake by Odette Williams
Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily von Euw
Bread by Jeffrey Hamelman
Modern Vegan Baking by Gretchen Price
Crumb by Richard Bertinet
Gluten-Free Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich
Cookies by Jesse Szewczyk
The Pastry Chef's Guide by Ravneet Gill
The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
Small Batch Bakes by Edd Kimber
The New Pie by Chris Taylor, Paul Arguin
Wild Sweetness by Thalia Ho
Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky
Easy Vegan Baking (80 Easy vegan recipes) by Daniela Lais, Jerome Eckmeier
Fruit by Cédric Grolet
Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts by Editors of Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart
Middle Eastern Sweets by Salma Hage
Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts by Brooks Headley
Justice of the Pies by Maya-Camille Broussard
Snacks for Dinner by Lukas Volger
Reasoned Gourmandise by Frédéric Bau