Whether yours are pristine and in alphabetical order on your kitchen shelf or splattered with cake mix and full of crumbs, every baker loves a good cookbook. But with the sheer number of books on offer, choosing one that is full of great recipes to show off your culinary skills can be difficult.
From the classic Hummingbird Bakery, to the experimental Meringue Girls (meringues are the new macarons, don’t you know) and the trendy Scandilicious Baking, we’ve put together the ten best baking books to suit every level, budget and interest that you’ll want to have on your kitchen shelf.
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10 best baking books
10 best baking books
1/8 The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf
This cookbook is fast becoming something of a cult classic. The cupcakes are fool-proof, the brownies are perfectly gooey, and you can’t go wrong with their iconic carrot cake – guaranteed to make your stomach rumble. £7, amazon
2/8 Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
If you don’t own a single baking book, this is the one to buy. The queen of cakes makes the classics easy, with a great guide to basic techniques and equipment and the ‘Very Best Chocolate Fudge Cake’ is my go-to birthday cake recipe. £13, amazon
3/8 John Whaite Bakes At Home
Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite is almost as good a writer as he is a baker. His down-to-earth tone and sense of humour make more challenging recipes seem achievable and his second book is a great addition to any kitchen. Warning: the sherbet lemon cake may prompt unexpected marriage proposals. £16, amazon
4/8 How to Bake by Paul Hollywood
The steely-eyed Bake Off judge has released several books in the last few years, but How to Bake this remains a firm favourite. If you’re considering giving breads and pastries a go, this is our tome of choice. Start with the simple milk loaf and work up to croissants. £9, amazon
5/8 Meringue Girls Cookbook by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman
This book is original, creative and full of colourful photographs – perfect for the unconventional baker. We’re loving the clever ‘Using your yolks’ section (passion fruit curd anyone?) and drooling over the cookie dough meringue slices. £12, amazon
6/8 Tart it Up! by Eric Lanlard
If you’ve not got a sweet tooth, French chef Eric Lanlard’s mouth-watering collection of meat and vegetarian pies and tarts is for you. Of course, there’s also a selection French, American and Asian-inspired puds along with some old British classics. £13, amazon
7/8 Honeybuns Gluten-free Baking by Emma Goss-Custard
With everything from lemon drizzle to bourbon creams, Honeybuns proves that a gluten-free diet definitely doesn’t have to be cake-free too. For the beginner, the ‘Storecupboard’ section is a great introduction to some of the more unusual ingredients involved in gluten-free baking. £11, amazon
8/8 Ella’s Kitchen: The Big Baking Book
The second book from baby and toddler food company Ella’s Kitchen is guaranteed to get your kids excited about baking, and slip some sneaky fruit and veg into their diet. The recipes are simple, creative, and even come with stickers to mark your favourites. We’ll be sticking one on the ‘Go Bananas’ cake. £7, amazon
If you’re baffled by the difference between beating and folding or daunted by the idea of achieving the perfect rise, Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is the perfect book to hold your hand through the basics. But if you’re already a confident baker looking to expand your repertoire, John Whaite Bakes at Home should be top of your wishlist.