Anna Olson, a professionally trained chef and host of FoodNetwork Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson, as well as the Oh Yum with Anna Olson channel on YouTube, has already written two baking books (Baking Day with Anna Olson and Set for the Holidays with Anna Olson), but it’s her latest one that really has our attention. Anna Olson’s Baking Wisdom (appetite by Random House, 2023) is a baking bible that will answer every baking question you’ve ever had – and many you haven’t – offering a veritable masterclass in baking. Not sure how to assemble a layer cake? Or use a pastry bag? Does tempering chocolate make you tremble with fear? Anna will not just point you in the right direction, she will show you how to do it, with detailed directions and step shots. With this book as a guide, you will develop skills in every baking category, from pies and tarts to pastries, cakes, confections, cookies and even breads. With over 150 recipes, there is something for every taste and skill level here. We can’t wait to try Anna’s Lemon Saucing Cake; her Esterházy Torte; or the Pineapple & Pink Peppercorn Pavlova; or her Torta Setteveli. If you buy one baking book this year, make it this one. As it says on the cover, this is the complete guide to everything you need to know to become a better baker, and that’s no exaggeration.