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When the weather turns cold, many people start craving carbs like bread or baked goods.  Is it our primitive instinct to stock up for the winter or do the holidays just make us feast more on cookies and pie?  Either way, if you’re into baking, these cookbooks are a great place to experiment on a cold, winter day. Click on each cover to find it at the library.

Title: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Authors: Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois

Inspired by the small, old style bakeries of New York City, the authors of this book present a new method of bread making that skips a few of the traditional steps like proofing yeast, kneading, and allowing for a second rise.  Though five minutes is kind of misleading, these shortcuts do make the process faster.  Bakers can make a quick dough recipe in the morning, stick it in a plastic container to refrigerate throughout the day, then bake a fresh loaf for dinner that evening.  Recipes for pizza crust, focaccia, bagels, and more use the same base method with variations.

Title: Baking : More Than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques 

Author: Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens has created an extensive cookbook focused on baking that includes pictures that will make your mouth water.   Many recipes are accompanied by step-by-step pictures which are very helpful for novice bakers.  But, there are plenty of recipes for the advanced cook as well.   I think that the recipe for pie crust is the best and easiest one I’ve tried.

Title: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Author: Deb Perelman

Blogger Deb Perelman’s cookbook of recipes she prepared in a tiny NYC kitchen will not disappoint bakers.  There are plenty of delectable recipes, from her rasberry riccota scones to her Challah bread. These definitely wouldn’t be categorized under “quick and easy” but for someone who loves baking, what would be better than to spend a chilly Saturday inside making something delicious? Perelman’s second cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Every Day just came out on October 24th.

If you are looking for a cookbook, Fondulac District Library has an extensive collection!   We have cookbooks for easy meals, special diets, world cuisines, and much more.  The Dewey Decimal number for cooking is  641.5.  Stop in and browse our shelves or ask a librarian if you’re craving something specific.


Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

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