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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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"The Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts"

I hadn’t yet gotten this cookbook the last time I visited my relatives in Ithaca. If I had, I probably would have stopped by the Moosewood Restaurant while I was there. You won’t find any elaborate pastries in this book, but you will find a surprising array of very yummy recipes.

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"Dessert Circus at Home," by Jacques Torres

Jacques brings you professional-level pastries of great beauty and flavor, but this book was designed for the home cook, not a pastry chef. While a beginning cook probably won’t want to dive right in to the puff pastry, there’s plenty in here that even the very occasional baker will feel comfortable making.

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"Classic Home Desserts," by Richard Sax

With this much variation of recipe you won’t like everything you find. But this book is well worth what you pay for it for the sheer volume of recipes, the quality of recipe, and the ease of production for these recipes. I predict you’ll find, like us, that this book becomes a staple in your kitchen.

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