Time to Get Baking

"A party without cake is just a meeting." -- Julia Child

December is here and the winter holidays are at our heels. The Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa all call for desserts. I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to bake.

Though the internet is a fine place to start, the volume of material to sort through can be, well, overwhelming. When you've got a spare minute or two, Google "cookies" and work your way through 2 1/2 billion entries. Me? I love a good cookbook, and the library is just full of cookbooks to get you baking. Read on for a few suggestions and some jacket photos from our wide selection. If you're browsing the shelves go to 641.815 for most baking books. Our ebook platforms also boast an ample supply of baking and dessert cookbooks.

Two terrific go-to bakers with cookbooks in collection are Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz. Greenspan has a new title out this fall, Dorie's Cookies, focusing on small, sweet bites. Her titles, Baking Chez Moi and Baking: From My Home to Yours will inspire you. Lebovitz's Ready for Dessert is sure to have you turning on the oven. 

What would Christmas be without cookies? If I leave Santa a plate of kale, will I find a lump of coal in my stocking? Here are a few books with recipes that will make Santa happy.

If you're baking for Hanukkah, try Joan Nathan's classic Jewish Holiday Kitchen or the Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Joan Schwartz Michel. For Kwanzaa there's Kwanzaa: from Holiday to Everyday by Maitefa Angaza.

Avoiding gluten or dairy? We've got you covered with titles like FlourlessGluten-Free Baking and The Joy of Vegan Baking

In the words of a prominent expert on baked goods, "C is for Cookie. That's good enough for me."

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