Fall Preview 2022: Baking and Pastry
Get the oven going because it's time to BAKE.
Baking and Pastry Cookbooks
Chetna Makan is back! with Chetna’s Easy Baking, sharing easy recipes with her signature touch of Indian spices. Recipes include Cherry Almond Honey Cake, Onion Masala Focaccia, Orange & Cinnamon Savarin, Raspberry Coconut Cheesecake, Saffron Fennel Pound Cake, Peanut Masala Tear and Share Bread, and Mango & Lime Meringue Pie. Hamlyn, September 6.
Baking recipes alongside the science of how baking alleviates stress, among other psychological benefits, in Bake Yourself Happy by former GBBOer Steph Blackwell. Mobius, September 6.
Vegan bakers, Helen Au has your back with Cozy Vegan Pies and Tarts. With 8 different pie crusts to start from, Au goes into vegan versions of childhood favorites, Asian-inspired pies, fruit pies, no-bake tarts, and sweet and savory galettes. Page Street, September 6.
Most cities have that one bakery that mostly makes cookies for the ‘Gram, right? Cookie Couture by Corianne Froese is the book that will teach you how to decorate cookies that are not only Instagram worthy, but, as the subtitle puts it, “almost too pretty to eat.” Front Table Books, September 13.
Got allergies? Baking doesn’t have to be a bummer, The Food Allergy Baking Book by Kelly Woyan is here to help. With recipes for baked goods that leave out dairy, egg, and/or nuts, I am sure there are more than a few of you out there thinking this book is custom written for you. Agate Surrey, September 13.
Baker Ken Forkish of Flour Water Salt Yeast fame is back with Evolutions in Bread, a guide to making bread in pans and Dutch ovens. With an eye towards professional techniques that yield more consistent bakes, this is a book for the home baker who is ready to get serious about bread.
Bread Head is described as “a groovy master class in bread” from Chicago baker Greg Wade, longtime baker at Publican Quality Bread. Far from your standard bread book, this includes recipes from around the world including injera, parathas, and khachapuri in addition to fun treats like buckwheat brownies and cornmeal whoopie pies. Written with Rachel Holtzman. Norton, September 27.
Freya Cox was not only the youngest-ever contestant on GBBO when her season aired, she was also the first vegan contestant. And her first cookbook, Simply Vegan Baking, is just that: no-fuss vegan baking recipes like cinnamon rolls, blueberry muffins, lemon meringue pie and more. Plus she is wearing a crocheted vest on the cover of the book, which I dig1. Harper Design: September 27.
French cakes are the name of the game in Gateau by Aleksandra Crapanzano. 100 recipes for simple cakes that serve as “blueprints, allowing for myriad variations, depending on what’s in season and what’s in the cupboard.” Scribner, September 27.
One pan, many possibilities in Bake It. Slice It. Eat It., a book from UK bakery The Exploding Bakery that fits all of its recipes into a brownie pan. Neat trick, huh? Brownies are here of course, as are cakes, quick breads, cheesecakes, bar cookies and more. Quadrilla, September 27.
NADIYA IS BACK! (All caps because everyone I know who is a Nadiya Hussain fan is ALL CAPS about it.) In Nadiya’s Everyday Baking, the UK-based author and ex-GBBO-er divides recipes by mood: perhaps you’re having a “Chill-Out Day”? Hussain recommends slow bakes like Spring Onion Pancakes, Tandoori Chicken Naan Sando, and Spicy Smashed Chickpeas. Or is it a Happy Day, with Paprika Egg Phyllo Tart, Mushroom Carnitas, and Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Pie? In any case, every day is a NADIYA day. Clarkson Potter, September 27.
JR Ryall is the pastry chef at Ireland’s legendary Ballymaloe House, and in Ballymaloe Desserts, he shares the desserts he serves there. The publisher’s marketing copy repeatedly asserts the recipes are “attainable for the home baker,” and from the pages I’ve seen, they seem doable (although I for one would not be able to get them quite as pretty as Ryall, but perhaps you can). Phaidon, September 28.
This could have gone in the Foodways issue, but bakers are gonna bake so it’s here: New England Desserts by Tammy Donroe Inman is your guide to the baked goods of the northeastern United States. Maple syrup, anyone??? Globe Pequot, October 1.
I live in the land of Texas sheet cakes so I am excited to see these types of cakes and much more getting their due in Sheet Pan Sweets by Molly Gilbert. Recipes include cakes, cookies, bars, foccacias, and much more. Union Square & Co., October 4.
For everyone who needs a little something sweet, Edd Kimber, winner of season one of GBBO, is back with his third cookbook: Small Batch Bakes. Full of recipes that make 1-6 servings, this is a baking book for “for singles, small households, students or anyone who likes to bake a lot.” I’ve seen this sort of concept for savory books of course, but it’s the first time I’m seeing it for baking! Brilliant. Kyle Books, October 4.
Want to make some pretty pies? Like, really seriously gorgeous pies? Julie Jones has your back in Expressions: Art in Pastry. Honestly probably worth it as an art book alone. Really, really pretty pies and tarts, photographed by Andrew Montgomery. Kyle, October 4.
The Pain d’Avignon Baking Book by Uliks Fehmiu with Katleen Hackett tells the story of four friends who fled war in Belgrade and opened a beloved and acclaimed bread bakery on Cape Cod, and all that happened in between. I briefly poked at it and couldn’t find info on the illustrations, but as you can see above some of the story telling is done in a graphic novel sort of way and it’s pretty cool looking. Avery, October 4.
New European Baking by US-born, Berlin-based baker Laurel Kratchovila looks at “Old World traditions with twenty-first century flavors” in recipes like Baltic rye bread, toasted sesame challah, elderflower maritozzi, honey and fig tropézienne, lamb and fennel sausage rolls, and spicy ginger caramel shortbreads. We’re starting to see more of this kind of thing, books about the modern food of Europe that is less beholden to traditions as past cookbooks have been. The New Cucina Italiana by Laura Lazzaroni from last fall comes to mind, but there have been others (and will be others). Prestel, October 4.
Yessssss it’s a Mexican-American baking book. ¡Viva Desserts! by LA baker Nicole Presley covers the classics, with Presley’s own touches. Think Strawberry Pistachio Flan, Oreo Horchata Cheesecake, and Dulce de Leche Pumpkin Pie. Yum. Familius, October 11.
I know a lot of people are big fans of the King Arthur books, so get excited for The King Arthur Baking School. A book that is truly meant to be worked through as a curriculum, this will teach readers “the how and why” of yeast breads, sourdough breads, laminated pastries, pies, tarts, cookies, and cakes. Countryman, October 11.
I have been waiting for this one! Chicago baker Maya-Camille Broussard has written her first cookbook, Justice of the Pies, based on the pies and tarts she turns out at her social justice-focused bakery of the same name. Opened to honor her father’s memory, Broussard bakes pies that nod to causes and activists, with an aim towards highlighting their work. For example, a Fry Bread + Bison Tart for Lakota activist Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniels, or a Lemon Espresso Pie for Christopher LeMark. Bake some pies! Learn something! Great. Clarkson Potter, October 18.
Don’t have a sweet tooth? You can still be a baker, with Erin Jeanne McDowell’s Savory Baking. This book has bakes for every time of day, from buttermilk biscuits to burger buns to pizzas and pastries and savory pies, all with variations provided to make each dish truly your own. Harvest, October 11.
Rose Levy Beranbaum, one of my favorite baking authors, focuses on the little things this fall with The Cookie Bible. Expect her signature thorough and lengthy approach to the topic, with recipes for cookies including “Lemon Lumpies, Coconut Snowball Kisses, Pecan Freezer Squares, Chocolate Sablés, Black Tahini Crisps, of course Chocolate Chip, and more.” Harvest, October 18.
Twenty years after her mic drop of a desserts cookbook The Last Course, Claudia Fleming is back with Delectable: Sweet & Savory Baking (written with Catherine Young). Here Fleming brings her signature elegance into the realm of the home baker, with recipes Blueberry Muffins, Rhubarb Scones, Cider Doughnuts, Devil's Food with Earl Grey Cream, Grapefruit Rugelach, Maple Shortbread, Nectarine and Fig Tart, Plum Cobbler, Kumquat Tatin, Eggplant Caponata Tart, Chickpea Crackers, and Tomato Crostata. Truly a can’t-miss title. Random House, October 25.
Becca Rea-Tucker of super-popular Instagram account TheSweetFeminist (and, I just learned, my fellow Austinite, hi Becca!) is out with a cookbook: Baking by Feel. Organized by mood (happy, sad, mad, anxious, and hopeful), these are recipes to help you bake your way through it, no matter what “it” might be. Harper Wave, October 25.
CHECK OUT THIS COVER I am in love. The recipes in Chicano Bakes from Esteban Castillo is perhaps a bit more classic than the previously mentioned ¡Viva Desserts!, and the art design is super fresh and fun. Get your recipes for Pan Dulce, Dulce de Leche, Flan, Marranitos, Cortadillo and more, all with a rainbow-glitter-disco flair. Harper Design, November 1.
If you suffer from baking anxiety, thinking of it as a practice for perfectionists, please allow me to introduce you to Lottie Bedlow’s Baking Imperfect. A former GBBOer, Bedlow’s book has a laid back approach to baking and offers “easy cookies and puddings to more elaborate cakes and pastries.” Thunder Bay Press, November 1.
Christina Tosi is back with her…fifth? Cookbook? (Hard to say, there are some Masterchef Junior books and she’s written some non-cookbook books, but 5 officially official Tosi cookbooks seems right.) All About Cookies is, you guessed it, all about cookies. Milk Bar cookie fans, this is the book for you. Clarkson Potter, November 1.
Claire Saffitz is back with What’s for Dessert, a collection of 100 “streamlined” recipes for “impressive-yet-easy” desserts. Recipes include Whipped Tres Leches Cake with Hazelnuts, Caramel Peanut Popcorn Bars, No-Bake Strawberry Ricotta Cheesecake, Cocoa-Chestnut Brownies, Peach Drop Biscuit Cobbler, and more. Clarkson Potter, November 8.
Learn everything sourdough from certified bread guy Maurizio Leo in his book The Perfect Loaf, named after his blog of the same name. With equal nods towards the science and craft of sourdough, this is a one-stop shop for dough heads, offering everything from basic loaves to pizzas and sweets. Also including are troubleshooting guides, advice on cooking with bakers percentages, and much more. Clarkson Potter, November 8.
Another lovely cover—check out the embroidery!—on Tava, a collection of Romanian and Eastern European baking from Irina Georgescu (who wrote one of my 2022 faves, Carpathia). “Tava” means “tray” in Romanian, so think of this as a tray full of sweet offerings like “Armenian pakhlava, Saxon plum pies, Swabian poppyseed crescents, Jewish fritters, and Hungarian langoși alongside plăcinte pies, alivenci corn cake, strudels and fruit dumplings.” Hardie Grant, November 8.
Éric Kayser, author of The Larousse Book of Bread, returns with another baking title, fittingly called The Bread Book. 60 recipes in 224 pages, so you know there’s a lot of bread intel in there. Phaidon, November 9.
Calling fans of Asian desserts: Catherine Zhang has written Mochi, Cakes and Bakes, full of simple recipes that use flavors from Asian cuisines including ube, yuzu, matcha and more. There an entire chapter on mochi, as well as recipes like Japanese Strawberry Shortcake, Vietnamese Coffee Tres Leches Cake, Miso Alfajores, Hong Kong Egg Tarts, Red Bean Buns, and a lot more. Page Street, November 15.
And coming at you from the other side of the planet is Giuseppe’s Italian Bakes by GBBO fave Giuseppe Dell’Anno. We’ve got focaccia, we’ve got polenta cake, we’ve got crostatas, we’ve got tiramisù, we’ve got piadine, we’ve got cannoli, we’ve got GIUSEPPE! Hooray. Hardie Grant, November 22.
And coming from the lovely city to my south is San Antonio’s own Megan Neveu with Sugar & Spice Cookies, a collection of cookies that are dressed up just a touch. Think Churro Cookies, Chai Hazelnut Blondies, Citrus Fennel Shortbread, Rosemary Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and more. Page Street, December 6.
Because I crochet.