What are some good books about baking and pastries for teens?
I don’t know if it really matters if it’s for teens, but please let me know. I am learning to cook and bake this Summer and I need some help!
I am a baking cookbook collector, and some of my favorites are unfortunately several years old and no longer available unless you find them in a used bookstore, on Ebay or at the library.
One of my faves is The Complete Guide to Baking from Taste of Home books; it was published in 2004 (first link in Sources.) It covers all aspects of basic baking from yeast breads to quick breads and muffins, pies, cookies, cakes, etc. It has a lot of how-to info and it’s often the cookbook I turn to first when I’m looking for a baking recipe. I also like the Taste of Home Baking Book (#2 in Sources.) If you really like step by step instructions and photos, Illustrated Step-By-Step Baking (#3 in Sources) is another good book.
Some of my other favorites are Baked by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (and Baked Explorations by them, too) and The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook by Cheryl and Griffith Day. Alton Brown is excellent about explaining the science behind baking in I’m Just Here for More Food. That would be a really good book to teach you about how ingredients work together and the role each ingredient has in the chemical reactions that occur in baking.
Best advice: go to the library and pick out books that appeal to you. You can either look for a general baking cookbook or get one that focuses on a certain aspect of baking (cakes, cookies, etc.) There are a lot of great baking blogs that are very helpful, instructional, and just fun to look at. Bakerella.com is a great one to start with; she’s the one that really launched the cake pops craze.
I’ve been a home baker since I was a teenager, and now I’m in my 40′s, so it’s over 25 years. I’ve also been employed as a baker for a coffeehouse/caterer and I’ve taught Wilton cake decorating for 7 years. If I can ever be of help, feel free to add me as a contact on Yahoo Answers and contact me via Answers with questions.
Xanthe Milton talks about her new baking book Eat Me!