Beginning Baker's Bible Cookbook Review

Beginning Baker's Bible Cookbook Review

Title: Beginner's Baking Bible: 130+ Recipes and Techniques for New Bakers
Author: Heather Perine
Published: December 24, 2019, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 208
Cover Price: $19.99 Paperback, $8.99 Kindle

Anyone who has little experience in baking will definitely need to pick up a copy of Beginner's Baking Bible: 130+ Recipes and Techniques for New Bakers by Heather Perine. In fact, even those who are experienced bakers will enjoy this cookbook since the recipes are easy-to-follow and well-written.

The first chapter has excellent information on basic essential baking equipment, basic ingredients that should be in every kitchen, and a glossary of important baking terms, such as creaming, cutting in, etc. Even those who are prolific bakers will benefit from this review, and maybe get a few new ideas.

The cookbook contains dozens of recipes for baked goods – not all sweet – that most people will want to make. And most importantly, the recipes work. Actually, every recipe tried so far has turned out picture-perfect. There are some step-by-step photographs at the beginning of the cookbook to illustrate basic skills that are needed. Unfortunately there aren’t photographs of every recipe, but there are enough to make it difficult to choose which recipe to make next.

Included in the book are lots of mouthwatering cookies (small batches, but batches that can easily be doubled), cakes, brownies and bars, muffins, breads, crackers, biscuits, pies and tarts, and frostings and fillings. None of the recipes are difficult, so anyone can whip up a batch of something in a matter of minutes and be proud of the results. There are several savory cracker recipes that make for a unique baking experience, and the Orange muffins are divine. Trendy Maple Bacon cupcakes fulfill the need for sweet and savory, and the Jalapeño Cheddar biscuits were a big hit.

All told, this is an excellent baking book, not only for beginners, but as a good reference for any cook. It belongs on everyone’s cookbook shelf.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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