The 6 Baking Cookbooks to Add to Your Collection ASAP

August  9, 2018

We aren't quite yet to one of our favorite times of the year, fall cookbook-palooza, but we're still getting in the spirit of the season and adding a few titles to our shelves (and our pre-order carts). Namely, six baking books that our Baking Club members are really excited about—they earned their top votes for what books we'll be covering in the months ahead.

Read on to learn more about each of the books, the schedule for when we'll be baking through them, and all of the details on how to participate in the Club, too.

The Books

Food52 Genius Desserts by Kristen Miglore

Arriving in early September, our Creative Director Kristen Miglore has unearthed more than 100 of the smartest and most iconic dessert recipes of our time, drawing from the biggest names in desserts and the wisdom of the Food52 community—plus the genius tips, mini-recipes, and riffs to make them your own.

All About Cake by Christina Tosi

Tosi fans have been eagerly anticipating this October release, which includes creations from both her famous Milk Bar bakery as well as treats from her home kitchen (hello, Mint Chocolate Chip Molten Microwave Mug Cake!). Plus, it lays out the formula for those famed Milk Bar cakes, so you can dream up (and execute) your own crazy flavor concoctions.

Crumb by Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh, Great British Bakeoff contestant and Guardian columnist created a stripped back baking book, one that is "simple yet exuberant." You'll find a wide range of recipes ranging from sweet to savory—breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, pastries, and more—all just right for everyday baking.

Rose's Baking Basics by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Best-selling author Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest cookbook arrives this September. It's packed full of 100 essential recipes, from breads to cakes to pies and more, and has more than 600 step-by-step photos to help everyone achieve flawless results, every time.

Zingerman's Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo

Michigan's renowned artisanal bakery, Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been a culinary powerhouse since 1992. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zingerman's bakers shared 65 recipes for classics from the bakery, from brownies and sour cream coffee cake to loaves of rye, challah, and sourdough.

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

Master baker and author Julie Richardson hunted through cookbooks and recipe cards for "the most inventive, surprising, and just plain delicious cakes she could find." The result is a timeless collection of recipes that span a century of American baking.

The Schedule

Ready to bake through these with us?! Here's the rundown of which book we'll be covering when (plus one more great one that had already been decided in the last round of voting):


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how to participate

If you're new to the Baking Club, 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 from Assistant Editor (and regular cookbook reader) Katie Macdonald's playbook: she recommends reading through the entire introduction as well as 15 headnotes and recipes to get a feel for the cookbook, and then ideally, cooking 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.

There's still plenty of time to jump in this month, too—we're currently baking through Joanne Chang's Baking with Less Sugar. Hope to see you in the Club!


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I like esoteric facts about vegetables and think ambling through a farmers market is a great way to start the day. My first cookbook, available now, is called Cooking with Scraps.