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What baking book do you use all the time, I want to put one on my Christmas list

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ArtfulAardvark Thu 29-Nov-12 12:14:21

I will clarify I want the food to taste good but I dont care if it has icing butterflies and sparkles on grin

The ones I use all the time are the little BBC good food 101 cakes & bakes and the Mary Berry - Ultimate cake book.

Sweet or savoury, or both and I dont want them to be massively labour intensive, although I dont mind that occasionally.

DrSeuss Thu 29-Nov-12 12:24:20

An oldie but a goldie

ArtfulAardvark Thu 29-Nov-12 19:19:07

LOL are we the only people who bake?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 29-Nov-12 19:20:36

Be-ro. It is my bible.

I do also use my GBBO Mary Berry one sometimes, but mostly Be-ro.

daimbardiva Thu 29-Nov-12 19:25:17

Nigellas how to be a domestic goddess. I go back to it time and again

ArtfulAardvark Thu 29-Nov-12 19:27:58

OK its good to get some idea of ones which are usable the BBC Cakes & Bakes one gets used once, maybe twice a week but I have so many dust gatherers!!

blue2 Thu 29-Nov-12 19:30:23

I don't bake much, but when I do its Mary Berry every time.

I don't trust Nigellas recipes a great deal. There are plenty of people on here who have had some real disasters!

YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 29-Nov-12 19:32:12

Another vote for domestic goddess. I havent had anything go wrong from it.

Stray Thu 29-Nov-12 19:33:31

This is my goto baking book

teaoclock Thu 29-Nov-12 19:33:59

nigella domestic goddess. i love it. use it for every occasion! smile

ArtfulAardvark Thu 29-Nov-12 19:40:11

I was a bit wary about Hummingbird - one of their books god dreadful reviews as they obviously hadnt tested it on domestic ovens

I like Nigella but I know some people were saying on another thread that some of her newer books recipes had been unsuccessful still a 3 of you are recommending it.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 29-Nov-12 19:44:11

Another vote for Nigella's Domestic Goddess - aka Nigella before she lost the plot

Hummingbird stuff hasn't worked for me. I gave my copy away.

DinosaurSchool Thu 29-Nov-12 19:45:17

I'm only a fan of domestic goddess, not keen on Nigella's other ones. I do love 'Desserts@ by James Martin, everything from it has been easy and successful.
Non-sweet although basic I do like Delia's How to Cook range.

AlphabetiSpaghetti Thu 29-Nov-12 19:47:43

Yep. Domestic goddess is the schizzle. Everything is yummy and if I can make it anyone can. I am, alas, not a domestic goddess sad

Caerlaverock Thu 29-Nov-12 19:49:02

Domestic goddess, humming bird is crappola

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Thu 29-Nov-12 19:51:31

Another Be-Ro devotee here but its only about £2.50, I think you could reasonably ask for another one as well.

Novia Thu 29-Nov-12 19:52:57

Another vote for Domestic Goddess - its the most stained and battered book on my shelf! I also like Nigel Slater and Rick Stein (but the older books, not the faddy running-out-of-ideas ones!)

ArtfulAardvark Thu 29-Nov-12 22:21:11

I think the Be-ro one is one I would buy myself.

hackmum Sat 01-Dec-12 11:35:16

I use Domestic Goddess. I think it's brilliant. The recipes are explained really simply and clearly and I've had very good results. I recently made the dense chocolate loaf with white chocolate custard and it was delish.

I agree with the comment "Nigella before she lost the plot".

sieglinde Sun 23-Dec-12 12:17:07

I only use books that originate in the US. British baking books suck vole butt. I hate the mix of preening and inexactness.

So I use Sherry Yard's books and Rose Levy Beranbaum's, constantly.

Pancakeflipper Sun 23-Dec-12 12:20:45

Mary Berry's baking bible

And my Be-ro book.

nickymanchester Mon 24-Dec-12 12:30:39

sieglinde I only use books that originate in the US. British baking books suck vole butt.

Well, that's a pleasant reply. I've found plenty of US books that I wouldn't bother with either.

Although, it is far too late to answer the OP's question, I would also add Dan Lepard to the list. One book in particular that I would recommend is ''Short and Sweet''

He also has a regular column in the Guardian:-

Then another resource I use very often, although, it is a general cookery resource rather than specifically baking is Smitten Kitchen:-

This is an American site - which I'm sure will keep sieglinde happy - and gives an interesting American take on recipes. BTW they also have a book if you find you like the site.

wiltingfast Fri 24-May-13 23:11:54

Came on to say 101 but you have it already! I use that a LOT. Ds likes to get up on a sat morning and pick one from the cake book!

Fwiw, I also use the first avoca one and I have found it v reliable.

The apple cake from tamsin day lewis kitchen bible is yum but takes twice as long to cook as she says it will.

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