Fall Preview 2021: Baking and Dessert Books

The sweetest side of fall cookbook season.


Fall Cookbook Preview 2021: Baking and Dessert Books

Life Is What You Bake It: Recipes, Stories, and Inspiration to Bake Your Way to the Top by Vallery Lomas

Call it a case of literally turning lemons into lemon-honey madeleines: former attorney Vallery Lomas won the third season of The Great American Baking Show—which ended up not airing (thanks to some fuckery on the part of one of the judges I won’t go into here). In her first collection of recipes, she shares 100 recipes inspired by her family’s background in Louisiana, her time in Paris, and her home in New York City. Recipes include apple cider fritters, crawfish hand pies, her Grandma’s recipe for Million Dollar Cake, and more. Clarkson Potter: September 7.

Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season by Sarah Kieffer

A short and (presumably) sweet holiday baking book from Sarah Kieffer (author of 100 Cookies). Holidays here mean December holidays, with Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years all covered. Recipes include “Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel.” Chronicle: September 7.

Nailed It! Baking Challenges for the Rest of Us by the creators of Nailed It! with Heather Maclean

A cookbook about everyone’s favorite show about baking disasters, Nailed It!-the-book promises “tips, tricks, and detailed recipes” from beloved episode as well as simplified versions of “memorable” challenges for you to try at home. Also includes pointers for hosting your own at-home baking challenge and “odes to iconic host Nicole Byer.” Abrams: October 5.

Sugar, I Love You by Ravneet Gill

Pastry chef/Junior Bake Off host Ravneet Gill’s2020 book The Pastry Chef’s Guide was a big hit, and now she’s back with a followup in Sugar, I Love You, which seeks to “elevate homemade patisserie to the next level.” Recipes include “cheesecakes from around the world, multi-layered, multi-textured cakes, sweet doughs to plaits, soufflés, fritters,” plus personal anecdotes from Gill. Pavilion: October 12.

Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries by Kristina Cho

Kristina Cho grew up in a restaurant family in Ohio, before moving to San Francisco and launching her blog EatChoFood.com. Touted as the “first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafes” (presumably in English), Cho’s new book covers “sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, unique cookies, whimsical cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast dishes, and drinks” and much more. More books exploring different global baking traditions, please! Harper Horizon: October 12.

Advent: Festive German Bakes to Celebrate the Coming of Christmas by Anja Dunk

Another holiday offering, this one focused on German traditions. Recipes include “lightly spiced Lebkuchen, frosted cinnamon stars, jam-filled ginger hearts, snow-capped coconut macaroons, to marzipan-filled Stollen, edible tree decorations, lucky meringue mushrooms and a gingerbread house dripping with candies and sugar icicles.” Author Anja Dunk photographed and linocut-illustrated the book herself. Quadrille: October 12.

Baking with Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple by Dorie Greenspan

Baking cookbook icon Dorie Greenspan is back with her 14th cookbook, a collection of 150 “simple yet sophisticated baking” recipes. Expect a combination of recipes with fun twists and collections of Greenspan all-time favorites. Mariner: October 19.

Cheryl Day's Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day

I am so happy Cheryl Day is back with a new book! Her bestselling 2012 book Back in the Day Bakery chronicled the goodies coming out of the Savannah bakery she runs with husband Griffith, and I know so many people who love it and cook from it regularly. In this new title, Day draws on the experiences of her relatives and ancestors to bring 200 recipes to “celebrate the craft of from-scratch Southern baking.” Artisan: October 26.

Cookies: The New Classics by Jesse Szewczyk

This collection from Tasty Pride author Jesse Szewczyk promises 100 recipes for “brand-new, boldly flavored, and intriguing-yet-familiar” cookies. The book is divided into chapters based on these bold flavors: think “Chocolatey (Salted Bittersweet Brownie Cookies), Boozy (Brown Butter and Guinness Skillet Cookie), Fruity (Chewy Blueberry Muffin Sugar Cookies), Smoky (Smoked Butter Chocolate Chunks), and Savory (Cacio e Pepe Slice and Bakes).” Clarkson Potter: October 26.

The Cookie Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

A massive cookie collection from the queen of baking bibles, Rose Levy Beranbaum. About 450 pages of everything you need to know about cookies, and recipes for cookies including “Rose's Dream Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Lumpies, Black Tahini Crisps, Peanut Butter and Jelly Buttons, Double Ginger Molasses Cookies, Caramel Surprise Snickerdoodles, Mom's Coconut Snowball Kisses, Chocolate Sablés, Gingerbread Folks, Pecan Freezer Squares, Brownie Doughnuts, [and] Brandy Snap Rolls.” Mariner: November 16.

Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way: Recipes and Techniques by Marie-Laure Fréchet

18 bakers and pastry chefs take a deep dive into the French baking repertoire, offering over 100 recipes compiled by food writer Marie-Laure Fréchet. The book is heavy on technique and covers French classics as well as globally-influenced treats that have become commonplace across France. Flammarion: November 23.

The Chocolatier’s Kitchen by Davide Comaschi

Oh, just a massive, 600 page tome on chocolate from master chocolatier/creative lead for Callebaut Davide Comaschi. Aimed at professionals, the book features ideas, technique, and recipes for “for ice cream, candy, chocolates, chocolate spreads, and more will be a treasured resource.” Lannoo: December 14.


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