Are You A Baking Beginner? These 5 Books Can Guide You

If you’re new to baking and are intimidated by the art, these books will change the way you think and bake

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: Jun 30, 2020 21:22:59 IST
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Mary Berry’s Baking Bible

Whether you are new to baking or a seasoned chef, this book should be your ‘Baking Bible’, literally. A comprehensive guide from Mary Berry, a Le Cordon Bleuchef and one of the most acclaimed British food writers, chefs and television presenters, this book brings you some of her most wonderful baking recipes. From the classic Victoria sponge and hazelnut meringue cake to decadent muffins, scones and bread and butter pudding, the book has over 250 recipes with Mary’s handy tips that make the book an ideal read for home bakers as well as more experienced cooks.

How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson

From one of the most popular chefs across the world, Nigella Lawson, How to be a Domestic Goddess helped the world rediscover the joys of baking. Talking about the book, Lawson says, “Everyone seems to think it’s hard to make a cake (and no need to disillusion them), but it doesn’t take more than 25 minutes to make and bake a tray of muffins or a sponge layer cake, and the returns are high: you feel disproportionately good about yourself afterwards.” Packed with gorgeous and tempting food photos, Lawson’s trademark easy-to-make recipes and engaging food writing, this is one book you will enjoy referring to for a long time to come—whether you’re looking to rustle up a simple sponge cake or light-as-air cupcakes, decadent puddings or are looking for simple recipes for baking with kids.

Basic Baking by Lora Brody

If you wish to master the art of baking but are intimidated by the complex world of breads and confectionery, then Baking Basics is perfect for you. The book covers all the essentials of baking—how to make the simplest and tastiest cookies, cakes, biscuits bars, and pies, while explaining basic techniques such as measuring flour, separating eggs, melting chocolate, folding, beating, and mixing. Filled with 101 easy fool-proof recipes, this book can help you become a baking star in no time at all.

The Big Book of Treats by Pooja Dhingra

If you’re a baking enthusiast or a home baker, then The Big Book of Treats is a must-buy for you. Authored by celebrity pastry chef Pooja Dhingra, also known as the ‘macaron queen’, it’s a baking guide that teaches you how to make your favourite treats—from decadent brownies and cakes to cookies, desserts, and of course, macarons. The recipes are easy-to-follow and the tone is engaging, making it fun to experiment with her restaurant-style desserts in your own kitchen. 

The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Published in 2014, The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Best Baking Book of the Year for 2015. If you love baking and enjoy experimenting with desserts, then this book should grace your kitchen bookshelf. True to its name, The Baking Bible seeks to answer all your queries on baking. From cookies, cakes, ganache, meringue pies, and more—this book covers recipes down to their tiniest details.

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