"Sarabeth's Bakery" by Sarabeth Levine with Rick Rodgers
Sarabeth Levine has several legendary bakeries in New York City and she is known for her fabulous down-home pastries and her jams. This book, her first, is for the serious baker, whether you are a novice or experienced. It's beautiful looking with many helpful how-to photos.
"Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts" by Michel Richard with Peter Kaminsky
Harper Collins, $27.50
In this little gem of a dessert book Michel Richard, an accomplished all-around chef (he is the rare expert of both sweet and savory recipes) has given us recipes that are totally within the reach of the home baker, yet appear to be made by a culinary genius.
"The Perfect Finish: Special Desserts for Every Occasion" by Bill Yosses with Melissa Clark
Bill is currently the pastry chef at the White House but he has worked in the industry for years. These are his all-time favorite desserts, fancy and simple, that are French, American, Asian or Latin inspired. He offers dessert for every occasion.
"Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy" by Alice Medrich
The title says it all. The book is organized by the texture of the cookie which makes it very easy to find just the cookie you are in the mood for making. It is a fun, inventive book with come hither recipes.
"What to Cook & How to Cook it" by Jane Hornby, Phaidon, $39.95
A step by step illustrated cookbook that makes it very easy to prepare recipes for every occasion, from the lunch box to the dinner party.
"Perfect One Dish Dinners" by Pam Anderson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $32
Casseroles, stews, roasting pan dinners and salads, with everything in one dish. Plus, extra recipes if you want to serve something more.
"Falling Off the Bone" by Jean Anderson, Wiley, $29.95
160 stick-to-your-rib recipes featuring the tougher cuts of meat and elevating them to mouthwatering tenderness.
"Around My French Table" by Dorie Greenspan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40
A beautiful book celebrating French cuisine that will make you want to pick up and move to Paris.
"Pig: King of Southern Table" by James Villas, Wiley, $34.95
300 tasty recipes from every nook of the south from a southerner who knows a few things about cooking pork.
"Good to the Grain" by Kim Boyce with Amy Scattergood, Stewart Tabori and Chang, $29.95
Whole-grain recipes (featuring 12 kinds of whole grain flours) that prove just how tasty healthy baking can be.
"The Gourmet Cookie Book " by Gourmet Editors, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18
The single best recipe from each year 1941- 2009, and a history of our love of cookies as well.