The 10 Best Baking Books
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Even if you've been cooking for years, very few people can whip up a batch of cookies, a loaf of bread or a homemade cake without following a recipe. That's where these baking books come in handy. We've rounded up some of the best options for all skill levels and preferences, whether you prefer the tried and true classics or you're looking to branch out with some more adventurous options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
October 25, 2019:
Any baking book worth its salt will not only include delicious, simple-to-follow recipes and helpful pictures, but it will also explain techniques and some baking science, have handy tips, and go over ingredients, shopping, storage, measurements, and equipment. Some will assume you have things like kitchen scales and stand mixers on hand, as well as common ingredients, but most won't require specialty items unless the book is niche or meant to elevate your skills and help you experiment. All of the books on this list were ranked based on these priorities.
Our selections are meant to cater to both beginning and experienced bakers, with some that focus on savory bakes and breads (Flour Water Salt Yeast), or cookies (The Perfect Cookie), while others run the gamut (Baking Demystified). We also wanted to include volumes that catered to gluten-free diets (Flavor Flours, BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts) and couples or those who live alone and don't want recipes that feed an army of people (Dessert For Two).
While we still think How Baking Works is fascinating and a must for any home cook who wants to truly understand what's happening in the oven and the mixer, we felt it was a bit too akin to a textbook to merit a spot on this list. We also let go of Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar for the more practical and equally artistic The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts.