A cookbook is a collection of recipes and often times will contain
information on measurements, origin of the food, and pictures. There are many
different types of cookbooks, ranging from desserts, to dinners, to general food
recipes. Cookbooks also vary in their complicity, and while some contain recipes
that are easy for people learning to cook, others contain complicated recipes
that are more suited for very knowledgeable, skilled bakers. Whether you are
looking to try out a
chocolate chip cookie recipe, or are trying to bake a cake, there are many
different cookbooks available. The following are some of the best baking and
dessert cookbooks available.
Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
(Betty Crocker) is a classic recipe book first published in 1963 that contains
450 cookie recipes as well as pictures and how-to sketches, and a huge section
devoted to holiday cookie recipes.
The Great American Cookie Cookbook
(Publications International) is a recipe book containing more than 180 pages
full of classic
cookie recipes, pictures,
helpful hints, and interesting cookie facts.
Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and To Share (Martha
Stewart) is a collection of 175 different cookie recipes which are organized by
texture such as light and delicate, or chunky and nutty. The book is also full
of helpful tips on baking techniques, decorating, and storage.
Favorite Brand Name Cookie Collection
(Publications International) is a collection of dessert recipes using brand name
ingredients such as Hershey's, Jif, and Karo.
The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
(Jennifer Appel, Allysa Torey) is a collection of classic, retro desserts by
Appel and Torey, the owners of the famous Magnolia Bakery located in New York
City and known for their delicious desserts.
Cake Bible (Rose Levy Barenbaum) is a book that explains the science
preheating ovens, melting chocolate, and much more, as well as a large
collection of recipes for cakes, even intricate wedding cakes. Each recipe also
contains nutrition information.
Pillsbury Best of The Bake Off Cookbook
(Pillsbury Company) is a collection of almost 400 recipes from America's most
well known cooking contest, The Pillsbury Bake Off. The book contains recipes
from the past 40 years worth of competitions.
Art of Chocolate
(Elaine Gonzalez) is a great beginners guide to working with chocolate that
contains many recipes, along with techniques, tips, and easy-to-follow
instructions for items such as truffles, torts, and even chocolate sculptures.
The Modern Baker
(Nick Malgieri) is a collection of over 150 simple step-by-step recipes and
includes breads, pies, cakes, tarts, and cookies. The book also has detailed
descriptions of how doughs and batters should appear at each step of the recipe.
1001 Chocolate Treats
(Gregg R. Gillespie) is a collection of chocolate recipes including cookies,
pudding, sauce, drinks, pies, cakes, and more. Each recipe includes a full color
(Lauren Chattman) is a collection of 100 dessert recipes that can be made in 30
minutes or less. Recipes include items such as cobblers, parfaits, and even
Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking With Over 200 Recipes
(Shirley O. Corriher) has a large collection of recipes, and solves the
mysteries of baking such as why cakes and muffins are sometimes dry, and why
The Pie and Pastry Bible (Rose Levy Barenbaum) is a cookbook with hundreds
of pie and pastry recipes, and contains in-depth information on how to make the
perfect pie crust, and why the most important part of any pastry is the crust.
Gordon Ramsay's Just Desserts (Gordon Ramsay) is an innovative collection of
desserts by chef Gordon Ramsey, including items such as Fruit Tempura, Bread and
Butter Pudding, and Chocolate Mocha Tarts.
Baking With Julia
(Dorie Greenspan) is a collection of recipes from over 26 top chefs and is based
on the television cooking program featuring Julia Child.
Betty Crocker Best of Baking
(Betty Crocker) is a collection of over 350 of America's favorite recipes
including breads, muffins, cookies, baking for kids, holiday baking, and much
Pillsbury Best Cookies Cookbook
(Pillsbury Company) features 175 of the best recipes for brownies, bars, and
cookies, and contains helpful tips, ingredient information, and recipe
The Cake Mix Doctor
(Anne Byrn) is a book of more than 175 recipes that include the use of boxed
cake mixes, with other ingredients added to make them taste more like a made
from scratch dessert.
Sweet Serendipity: Delightful Desserts and Devilish Dish
(Stephen Bruce) is a cookbook written by one of the co-founders of the famous
Serendipity 3, a well known ice cream parlor in Manhattan, NY. The book includes
recipes for some of the restaurant's most famous desserts, such as Frozen Hot
Chocolate, and contains gossip about many of the celebrities that have been
served at the restaurant.
Book of Diabetic Desserts
(ADA) is a recipe book published by the American Diabetes Association, and is
filled with delicious desserts made with artificial sweeteners, and low calories
so they are safe for diabetics.
The Diabetic Dessert Cookbook
(Coleen Howard) is a collection of over 100 recipes safe for diabetics that are
made with artificial sweeteners, and sugar substitutes, and the book is written
by a nutritionist.