Baking: From My Kitchen to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
A friendly, wonderful cookbook full of desserts. All I can say is: Hallelujah! Greenspan provides the perfect amount of detail in her recipes, so for the first time in my life I was able to make biscuits and shortcakes that were actually flaky. I’ve been working my way through the cookbook and hope to try many of the recipes eventually. (I’m still shying away from the pies and the fancy celebration cakes. A gal has to gain some confidence first!) My favorites from this cookbook: Gooey Chocolate Cakes (a recipe people keep requesting), Thumbprints for Us Big Guys, Swedish Visiting Cake, and Mixed Berry Cobbler. Kudos to the colleague who introduced this book to me; my sweet tooth is grateful.