With summer fully melted away and fall in full swing, we’re hunkering down and cozying up—and with ovens happily back on again, the agenda includes a lot of baking. Good thing that among all the new fall cookbooks, there are several super exciting baking books we’ve added to our shelves. We’ll rely on them for holiday baking, holiday gift giving, and staying occupied all the way through winter.
Whether you want to tackle famous bakery recipes (from bread to pastries), make showstopping cakes from a great British baker, finally perfect your pie game, or just crave casual, cozy cookies and tarts, there is a perfect baking cookbook fairly fresh off the presses for you too.
“Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile” by Kim-Joy, $17.49 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
If you watched season 9 of “The Great British Baking Show,” you know Kim-Joy has an incredible knack for charmingly whimsical creations (often as not involving animals), and that’s what you’ll get from her brand new book. Think profiteroles turned into pigs in a pool of chocolate mud; delightful llama cookies; a cosmic space turtle cake; and a pillowy, honey-brushed bread wreath with oozy camembert baked in the middle (oh, and bread kittens nestled in among the plain buns, of course). The title is accurate: We defy you not to smile.Buy Now
“Bigger, Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere” by Gemma Stafford, $21 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 3, 2019
Professional chef Gemma Stafford’s blog and online baking show (Bigger Bolder Baking) is full of fabulous dessert recipes and great advice for making better…well, everything sweet, from brownies to homemade cream cheese for frosting and filling. Her first book is rife with practical, expert advice and easy step-by-step recipes for perfect desserts from no-bake wonders and “In Case of Emergency” Mug Brownies to Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros and Chocolate Lava Pie.
The chapters are organized by what tools you’ll need (think “Wooden Spoon & Bowl” or “Rolling Pin”), making it easy to search for sweets by how ambitious—or not—you’re feeling.
“The Perfect Pie: Your Ultimate Guide to Classic and Modern Pies, Tarts, Galettes, and More” by America’s Test Kitchen, $24.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: September 10, 2019
Anyone who’s not on team pie might just be converted by this ode to and instruction manual for perfect pies (and pie’s close cousins like tarts and galettes). You expect rigorously tested recipes and spot-on instructions from America’s Test Kitchen and that’s what you’ll get, whether you want to make a classic mile-high apple pie with a lattice crust or a rich chocolate tart with the inspired additions of tahini in the filling and sesame brittle on top.
In fact, most recipes have a unique twist that takes them from ordinary to something special (chai spice in a blackberry pie, Earl Grey tea in a blueberry version), and there are tons of tips for troubleshooting common pie problems (hard-to-roll crust, weepy meringues), plus walk-throughs for upping your game with intricate braided crusts and herringbone tops.
“Tartine: A Classic Revisited” by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson, $31.50 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 10, 2019
San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery (with locations in Los Angeles and Seoul as well) is consistently ranked as one of America’s best, and their first cookbook has been a staple baking tome since its release in 2006 (we’ve also loved their subsequent books, including “Tartine Bread” and “Tartine All Day,” from which we were able to snag a few recipes when it came out)—but this year, we’ve gotten a completely revised edition of the beloved original Tartine baking bible that is essentially a brand new book.
With 55 updated recipes you may already know and love (only even better), plus 68 totally new recipes to try, including gluten-free options and the swoon-worthy, sought-after Morning Bun, this is a must-buy. As you can see by the cover, the photographs are stunning too, making this one a treat in every way.
“Martha Stewart’s Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level” by Editors of Martha Stewart Living, $18.20 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 15, 2019
Martha Stewart has been in the baking game for a long time, and while she did not directly author this cookie collection, it comes from the editors of Martha Stewart Living and that’s good enough for us. In addition to basic cookie know-how, expect to find upgraded versions of old favorites like Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies, Giant White Chocolate-Pecan Cookies, and Brown Butter-Honey Cookies—plus brownie cups, whoopie pies, and large-format skillet cookies for sharing straight out of the oven. Naturally, there are cookies fit for every holiday of the year as well, from Easter to Christmas Eve.Buy Now
“Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland” by Shauna Sever, $30 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 22, 2019
Longtime blogger, baker, and book author Shauna Sever is also a native Midwestener, and this cookbook pays homage to all the wonderful baked goods of the region, many of which have roots in various immigrant cuisines. Bake your way through savory Smoky Cheddar-Crusted Cornish pasties and beefy Runzas, sweet Schaum Torte with peaches and cream, Cherry Slab Pie with a secret ingredient, and Lebkuchen, plus more commonplace (but no less delicious) brownies and Bundt cakes. You’ll be throwing more potlucks just for an excuse to bake these recipes.Buy Now
“Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery” by Apollonia Poilâne, $30.60 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 29, 2019
The recipes of the famed French bakery Poilâne (Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, Alice Waters, and David Lebovitz are all big fans) are revealed in this book, which also tells the story of third-generation baker Apollonia Poilâne, who took over the globally expanded family business at 18. Find pitch-perfect recipes for rustic artisan bread and delicate pastries, as well as recipes for whole grains, and others that show you ways to use the bread you’ve baked (think filling croque madame-style sandwiches and even bread-bolstered parsley pesto).
If you’re new to baking, rest assured, everything is patiently explained with helpful tips like what type of vessel you should use (a heavy Dutch oven is perfect for a sourdough miche), but you’re also encouraged to take notes and trust your senses, because baking always varies with the environment. (In case this one isn’t intense enough for you, also check out “Flour Lab,” which not only includes rigorous baking recipes, but shows you how to mill your own flour first.)
“Weeknight Baking: Recipes to Fit Your Schedule” by Michelle Lopez, $35 on Amazon
Publish Date: October 29, 2019
This weeknight baking book by Michelle Lopez of Hummingbird High brings sweet treats within reach any time you want ’em. Some of the recipes are ones that come together in a flash, while others are easy to break apart into several components over a couple nights (great, for instance, if you’re planning a weekend dinner party and only have a little time on work nights to prep). They’re all delicious—from Black-and-White Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies to vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie—and most rely on common ingredients, or give you substitution options that you probably have in your pantry.Buy Now
“Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes” by Joanne Chang, $28 on Amazon
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
James Beard Award winner and professional baker Joanne Chang is the pastry pro behind Boston’s Flour bakeries, and has published two previous books with recipes from those dreamy destinations. This one includes lots of solid foundational recipes (like how to make puff pastry) as well as bakery case worthy confections like a many-layered Passion Fruit Crepe Cake, but also includes things like Strawberry Slab Pie, Malted Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Sugar Cookies. They’re all equally worthy of your flour, butter, and eggs—including this Homemade Nutella Babka recipe from the book.Buy Now