Best Baking Books: IACP Cookbook Awards 2020

Best Baking Books: IACP Cookbook Awards 2020
April 20, 2020

Some of the Best Baking Books You Can Find on Your Bookstore

In this week’s cookbook review, we decided to bring you some special Baking Books. Today we’ll talk about the three finalists of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Awards, for the best cookbook in Baking: Sweet & Savory, Confections and Desserts. We already had the opportunity to review all these books but we believe they deserve some special attention.

In this list, we have great cookbooks from amazing professionals, that will delight every baker enthusiast. Here you’ll find everything from pies, croissants, breads, and a lot more goodies. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the three nominees.

The New Pie

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The New Pie Cookbook

Get ready for a new, fresh take on baking the ultimate feel-good dessert! In The New Pie cookbook, the baking celebrities Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin re-examine the amazing world of pies.

Through traditional time-honored techniques, modern cooking methods, innovative flavors, and a love for kitchen gadgets, these legendary competition circuit pie experts reinvent the traditional pastime of pie-making.

The New Pie offers 75 beautiful and unique recipes with step-by-step instructions and playful photography. You’ll learn to make groundbreaking creations, including a magnificent Blueberry-Maple Pie with wood-grain lattice, a striped chocolate Pie of the Tiger, and many more.

Midwest Made

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Midwest Made Cookbook

When it comes to defining what we know as all-American baking, everything from Bundt cakes to brownies have roots that can be traced to the great Midwest.

Midwest Made it’s not like other pastry books that we are used to seeing. In this book, Shauna Sever decided to go on a road trip to explore her midwestern roots. She not only visit bakeries with legendary specialties, but she also delved through old churches and community cookbooks to try to find the best and most authentic baked goods of the Midwest.

As she stretched her wings in her new Midwestern kitchen, she developed what she calls the 5 tenets of Midwest baking: Bake Big, Bake Easy, Bake with Purpose, Bake from the Past, Bake in the Present. Her emphasis is on practicality, making all recipes easy to make with ingredients that people have on hand.

Pastry Love

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Pastry Love Cookbook

James Beard award-winning baker Joanne Chang is best known around the United States for her eight acclaimed Flour bakeries in Boston. Pastry Love is her new book and a backstage entry to her bakeries

During her time spent as a pastry chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Joanne Chang has created many tasty treats and compiled the very best of them here, in what she considers not just a cookbook but her baking journal.

This incredible “journal” includes 125 dessert recipes for many things she could never serve in the setting of a bakery – for example, items that are best served warm or with whipped cream on top. As you’ll realize when reading this book, nothing makes Chang happier than baking and sharing treats with others.

Her passion comes through in every recipe, such as Orange Almond Pudding Cake, Mocha Chip Cookies, and Malted Chocolate Cake.



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