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"Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection: Muffins"

Normally, my fiancee and I love the Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection cookbooks. Most of them are absolutely outstanding, particularly in comparison to other cookbooks. Not so with the Muffins cookbook, unfortunately.

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"Mad about Muffins," Dot Vartan

I find the cutesy layout annoying. Maybe you won’t. Regardless, the muffins are worth it; they’re yummy, delicious, and every other adjective I can think of. Just be ready to be confused by weird muffin batters with no explanation.

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"World Sourdoughs from Antiquity," Ed Wood

In short, this is a really fun book with lots of great recipes. Hopefully it’ll have the same effect for you that it did for us. Which is to say, you’ll go from making bread machine bread (because after all, it’s so easy) to making handmade bread (because after all, it’s so easy).

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"Adventures in Sourdough Cooking and Baking," Charles Wilford

Do yourself a favor and read “World Sourdoughs from Antiquity” first. Then follow it up by making every recipe from this book at least twice.

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"The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook"

If you only have the money to buy one baking book, this is it. It’s designed for the home cook, with simple methods and ingredients. Directions are explained well, and you’ll understand why they do things the way they do them. Besides, it has recipes for EVERYTHING!

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"How to Bake," Nick Malgieri

This book is well worth the cost if you love to bake – there are lots of great recipes, and some good information. If you’re really and truly trying to find out “how to bake,” however, I’d recommend the KAF cookbook instead.

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"The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Chocolate," by McFadden and France

If you’re desperately looking for a book of information on chocolate and are willing to pay for a huge hardbound book in order to get those 60 pages or so, then sure, get this book.

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"Death by Chocolate," by Marcel Desaulniers

Danielle’s Temptation. Caramel Rum Delerium Ice Cream Cake. Chocolate Demise. Chocolate Devastation. Chocolate Phantasmagoria (yum!). Double Mocha Madness. Death by Chocolate.

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"Rosie’s Bakery Chocolate-Packed, Jam-Filled, Butter-Rich, No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book" Judy Rosenberg

These recipes are, overall, more innovative and “new” than the ones in Rosie’s Bakery Book. You’ll also find a number of cookies designed to mimic certain brand-name store-bought cookies. For anyone who loves cookies this is a fabulous investment; for the rest of us it’s good too.

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"Rosie’s Bakery All Butter Fresh Cream Sugar Packed No Holds Barred Baking Book," by Judy Rosenberg

This book tempts me to give it a 5, but I’m going to stick with a 4. The layout bugs me, as does the rampant cuteness. The recipes, however, are almost entirely first-rate.

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