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What's Ahead for Our Baking Club This Summer

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Earlier this year we launched our Cookbook Club, and members clamored politely asked for a group devoted to baking (and baking-related cookbooks). We're baking-crazed too, so the Baking Club was freshly baked up last month.

As is the case with the Cookbook Club, books are self-selected by the group. Earlier this month, we held a vote to find out what books you all wanted to cook from for the months ahead. Today, the results are revealed!

Read on for the winning books, plus details on how to participate in the club:

Photo by Bobbi Lin

The Books

What is a bonus book? Well, when the community rallied around the creation of a baking club, one member suggested calling it "Baker’s Dozen," with the idea that we'd focus on one book a month, but have one extra book that members could cook through the whole year long, too. The idea was a hit, so while we didn't use the name, we’re incorporating the idea! The group will not only have more time to cook through Bittman’s book, but members will always have this book as an option to bake from if they don’t have access to the book of the month.

How Mark Bittman Became the Man Who Cooked Everything

How Mark Bittman Became the Man Who Cooked Everything by Caroline Lange

How I Frankensteined Mark Bittman's Cake (But I Think He'd Approve!)

How I Frankensteined Mark Bittman's Cake (But I Think He'... by Sarah Jampel


How to Participate

Are you new to the Baking Club and feeling a little lost? Here's a quick primer on how to join in the fun:

1) Get the Book(s)

Buy a book or two—either online or from your favorite local bookstore. Or, if you’re not ready to commit quite yet, check them out from your local library or borrow a copy from a friend.

2) Read & Cook

Rather self-explanatory, as this is one of the most important parts of participating in a cookbook club, right? If you’re not sure where to begin, take a page out of our Cookbook Editor Ali Slagle's playbook. When she reviews a cookbook, she reads through the entire introduction as well as 15 headnotes and recipes, and then cooks at least three recipes.

3) Share Your Opinions

We chat in our Facebook group all month long! Join the Baking Club here and post pictures of what you bake from the books and share reviews, too. Fill everyone in on what you thought of the dish (remember to share the recipe name and even the page number, if possible). You can share photos on Instagram as well, just remember to tag them with #f52bakingclub.

We've been cooking our way through Breaking Breads this month, and will continue to do so until the end of May. We know a lot of you are excited to dive into Classic German Baking though, so pick up a signed copy from the Shop and start marking pages.

Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, Signed Copy

Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditio...


Tags: Books, Cookbook Club, Baking Club