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“Baking bread – and cookies and pies”

The holiday season signals family gatherings, and family gatherings require home-baked treats. Find new and familiar recipes for cookies, pies, cakes, breads and more through Cornell’s Library.

The Everyday Gourmet Series from the Culinary Institute of America features six streaming video lessons on baking pastries and desserts. The lessons focus on tips and techniques for baking and explain the fundamentals of the baking process. As a follow up, borrow the book Baking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America and put that new-found knowledge into practice. Some other well-known names with their own cookbook collections include Julia Child, Pillsbury, Moosewood Restaurant, and Mollie Katzen.

Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie, The Neighborhood Bakeshop, and Heartland Baking offer regional American recipes. Explore a wide variety of baked goods with A Baker’s Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America’s Rich Immigrant Heritage. Recipes from Irish, Jewish, Italian and Scandinavian cultures are also available.

Use a digital device to scroll through the ebooks Understanding Baking or The Baker’s Manual.

Breads and pies are staples in any baking cookbook; but specialized collections can be found for quick breads and whole grain breads along with pies, pies and more pies.

Baked goods are popular at work, too, with cookie exchanges and potluck parties. Try something new from Decorating Cookies, 1001 Cookie Recipes, Martha Stewart’s Cookies, Mrs. Fields Cookie Book, or Holiday Cookies and Other Festive Treats. Better yet, what about cupcakes, truffles or muffins?

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