Baking Isn't Meant to Be Perfect. Time to Get Messy.

New Cookbook

The angle: Forget perfect edges and dollops of cream; this is real life baking.

Recipes for right now: Sweet Potato Samoas, Lemony Strawberry-Peach Muffins, Crispy Root Vegetable Chips, Raspberry Butter Tarts, Vegetarian Pesto Pizza, Fig and Apricot Newtons, Citrus-Topped Poppyseed Bars

Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who's ever been intimidated by Pinterest.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Charmian Christie

Who published it: Rodale

Number of recipes: Over 75

Other highlights: Charmian Christie is my kind of baker, though I didn't realize I was any kind of baker until finding this cookbook. I am a messy baker —a full-body kneader, a generous froster, an eat-straight-from-the-pan-er. That's me. And that's Charmian. And that's this book.

Messy Baker is a permission slip to bake in a carefree style that doesn't spend time fussing over the details. The recipes cover cupcakes and pies to fritters and pizza — a very broad definition of baking because that's how messy bakers roll. Needless to say, this is a baking cookbook that will serve you well whether you have a midnight craving or a last-minute bake sale emergency. Don't sweat the details or how well it will Instagram — just bake something tasty.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Messy Baker by Charmian Christie

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(Image credits: Emma Christensen)