I really enjoying baking whenever I have the time. For a Christmas wish list I'd like to put a pastry cookbook on it but I am torn as to what is the best cookbook for my level of baking. At first I was interested in the La Brea Bakery cookbook, but when I read reviews on Amazon.com, I was steered to The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Berenbaum. But those reviews were saying that she uses really professional techniques and the recipes are very time consuming.
I am just interested in a fairly comprehensive baking cookbook with colorful photos and techniques that won't require an entire day of work.