Baking Club

What's Ahead for Our Baking Club This Summer

May 25, 2017

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 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.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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caroberts77 August 16, 2017
When will the book for October be revealed?
Lindsay-Jean H. August 16, 2017
Christine S. May 25, 2017
Excellent! A big fan of Dorie and have used numerous of her recipes. Have made recipes from Flour and Tartine and am looking forward to more. Visiting Tartine Manufactory is at the top of my list the next time I get to CA!
Spinster S. May 25, 2017
Thanks for the heads up! It will be great to study ahead and prepare for the season!
Dustimily May 25, 2017
Would love to see a "healthy" baking book make it onto the list. Perhaps the club might consider something like this as a seasonal "side" book.