The Book Shelf

A few of my favorite cook books and idea sources…

What’s New, Cupcake?

By Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

I actually bought this book when I was student teaching in a middle school. Remember how awesome book fairs were!? After visiting the fair (across the hall from my class room) several times a day for several weeks, I could no longer resist the adorable little duckies gracing the cover. Since I’ve made the reindeer sleigh, the basket of apples, and the mums. I’ve been dying for a reason to make the squirrels! Their first book, Hello, Cupcake, is one of my favorites to borrow from the library.

Bake It Like You Mean It cover

Bake It Like You Mean It: Gorgeous Cakes From the Inside Out

By Gesine Bullock-Prado

I was recently zipping through the aisles of a local library, snatching up everything they’d like me take before they kicked me out closed. I was speed-reading the titles in the “New In Cooking” section (Yes, this library is that well-organized and awesome, and completely worth driving 15 minutes in the opposite direction of my house after work). The title grabbed my attention, and when I got home and unloaded my haul, this was the first cover I cracked. To my delight, it turned out I’d pick up a book by Gesine Bullock-Prado, a teacher at the King Arthur Flour Factory! Gesine has an approachable, warm, lovable way of writing about the most complicated, ridiculous baking techniques that I can only hope to make a passable attempt at one day. She’s everything that makes actually publishing cookbooks still viable in this food blog flooded world.


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