I'm a devoted baker, and I love whipping up quick desserts during the week. I've been known to fly into action the second my husband cries out, "We need 20cc's of cookies, stat!"
But sometimes, you really want to go deep and challenge yourself. These kinds of baking recipes require ample time and patience — and fewer distractions! — so you can really get elbow-deep in flour and make a good delicious mess of things. And that's where these five favorite baking cookbooks come in.