As diverse and technological as the world has become, finding the perfect recipe is not what it used to be. Back in the pre google-everything days one would have to turn to a tried and true recipe book to find what they were looking for. While the internet is convenient and the options for recipes online are endless, it is still a novelty to have a cook book collection. A novelty I take pride in and am constantly seeking to expand.
These books are more than just a place to find delicious recipes. They tell a story and invite you into a world where frosting in king and meringue is queen. A place to find inspiration for whatever endeavor you take on. Whether its a simple cookie recipe to share with friends or a lavish dessert party decorated to the nines. Here is my list of must-have bakery books to make any home a little bit lovelier.
The Miette cookbook by Meg Ray is the best for unique cakes and confections. The charming details and photos make this a great conversation piece for your home.
Sweet Cream and Sugar cones by Kris Hoogerhyde, Anne Walker and Dabney Gough is the destination for the best ice cream recipes you will ever taste. All the recipes are from the famous Bi-Rite Creamery in San Francisco's Mission District. If a trip to San Francisco is not on your agenda, this recipe book definitely should be! You don't want to miss out.
Milk & Cookies by Tina Casaceli is filled to the brim with tried and true classic cookie recipes, as well as recipes exclusive to the New York bakery Milk & Cookies. With easy to follow and delicious recipes this is a book you will open over and over.
The art of macaron making definitely is not for the faint of heart! It takes patients and practice to get these petite cookies perfect. The book I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita is the most informative recipe and technique book I have come across. With step by step instructions accompanied by images of each step this book makes learning the art of macaron making so much easier!