This time of year I get all sorts of questions, usually from really thoughtful significant others eager to buy their baker-loves the best baking present they can for the holidays. It’s so sweet and thoughtful and I can’t help but think that it’s also motivated by their desire for cakes and cookies and the smell of fresh bread in their house. If you’re dating a baker… it’s definitely a hobby you want to encourage with gifts.
Here are a few of the items I treasure in my kitchen everyday, but especially on baking days. I hope this list inspires some generous gifting to the baker in your life. Ya get what ya give, ya know? I’m mostly talking about cookies, so…
BOOKS and things: some of the books and magazines I reach for most often in my kitchen these days. I find all of these books to be great technical and creative recourses for the home baker.
•Fearless Baker by Erin McDowell – traditional technique and a pep-talk with just about every solid recipe. It’s a book every baker should have on their shelf.
•Layered by Tessa Huff – a beautiful and creative cake book with flavors and frostings I always find myself looking back to.
• Sweet Laurel Bakery by Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas – a grain free book that uses simple ingredients and techniques. This book also contains my absolute favorite Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe and is worthwhile for that recipe alone!
•Sister Pie Cookbook by Lisa Ludwinski – I talk about this book a lot because the pies are so unique (but still live in the land of comfort), the crust technique is gold, and there’s a whole section about handpies and cookies that are both tremendous!
•Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore – a compilation recipe book with the best of the best recipes from the best of the best bakers and pastry chefs!
•A subscription to Cherry Bombe Magazine : beautiful and important stories of women in food.
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