Great cookbooks inspire us. When I read a great cookbook – as I’ve been doing extensively this summer and plan to continue in the fall – I feel as if special secrets are being shared with me. I’m transported to a quiet kitchen with a half-open window, the sounds of birds singing, and warm smells permeating in my nose. Flour everywhere, sticky glazes leaving a sheen along the surfaces. A great cookbook transports you and invokes a desire to bake that can only be satisfied when the oven is preheated and the standing mixer is churning ingredients.
My latest cookbook beloved is A Jewish Baker’s Pastry Secrets. When I embarked on absorbing and devouring this text, I had one thing in mind: I wanted to read about the delicious pastries I see through glass cases when I’ve visited bakeries across the country. I want to experience what those bakers are creating and make it in my own kitchen. First stop: cinnamon rolls. While I’ve made countless cinnamon rolls in my kitchen, I wanted to explore them from the perspective and the recipe stash of a renowned baking legend. I enjoyed the more narrative style of these recipes and the high level of detail.Read More »