The big news for bakers is that King Arthur has just released its first full-color cookbook, The King Arthur Baking School: Lessons and Recipes for Every Baker (Countryman Press, 2022; $45). With more than 100 recipes and essential techniques, this is much more than a cookbook – it’s a resource you’ll turn to again and again to inspire and inform you on the craft of baking. It reflects a curriculum that has been honed and refined over the years, with instructors who are experts not just at baking, but at teaching baking. The recipes, notes, instructive photographs, and thoughtfully organized chapters here reflect this depth of experience. In other words, the book will help readers gain confidence as they play in the kitchen and build new skills. King Arthur’s unique approach is friendly and accessible to all levels, focusing on the “how” and “why.” Interested in honing your pie-making skills? This book tells you how to make the perfect pie crust, explaining the function of each ingredient and how to roll, seal, crimp and vent your crust. Want to elevate your holiday cookie collection? This book will show you how to master rolled, drop, formed and bar cookies, including instructions on everything from creaming the dough to storing the finished cookies. Sourdough bread, laminated doughs and cakes (and frostings) get the same treatment, making this comprehensive book a resource that is bound to be a classic for beginners as well as seasoned bakers for years to come.
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