The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book
General Editor - Chuck Williams
This year, my pick for an excellent holiday dessert cookbook is The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book. There are recipes listed from cookies to tortes and each recipe has a photo of the finished product. Besides baking tips and techniques, the book has a section on pies and tarts, making yeast breads, and frosting cakes with step-by-step photos. In the back of the book, there are charts for substitutions, measuring liquids, frosting amounts, and other helpful facts.
Not only does this cookbook contain new ideas for desserts; but, classic recipes with a new twist. There is Plum Buckle, Ruby Jewel Cookies, easy-to-make Neapolitan Cookies, and delicious Peanut Butter Cookies with a touch of chocolate frosting. Or, try some of the basic recipes such as Coffee Meringue Buttercream, Candied Flowers, or Maple Whipped Cream as an added touch to your own creation.