Weekend Reading: Favorite Cookbooks on Baking Bread

Anyone doing any baking this weekend? We're still playing around with sourdough in our kitchen, which boils down to throwing a cup of sourdough starter in just about everything. (Pizza dough? YES! Muffins? Mmm...we'll get back to you on that one...)

If you're looking for some inspiration, here's a round-up of some of our favorite cookbooks. What are yours?

Some of these books have been with us from our first attempt at pancakes and others have become go-to books for all our baking questions.

Bread Alone by Daniel Leader
This book was our first introduction into sourdough and the world of artisan bread baking! We've used it so much over the years that the pages started falling out and now it lives in the purple binder pictured above!

The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
We bought this book when the bread baking obsession took over. It could be a bit overwhelming for absolute beginners, but it's a great resource for refining techniques and learning about the science and history of bread baking.

The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion
We've never had a recipe go wrong from this cookbook. Not only are the recipes delicious, but chapter openers and recipe head notes offer tips and tricks that teach baking fundamentals.

Baking Illustrated by The Editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This is a new addition to our collection, but we can already tell that it will soon be as batter-splashed and chocolate thumb-printed as the rest of our books. Like the King Arthur book, this one aims to teach techniques and fundamentals along with their test-kitchen approved recipes.

The rest of these books are great recipe resources and are in heavy rotation in our kitchen:

The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown


Brother Juniper's Bread Book
by Peter Reinhart

The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger

And since we're always ready to covet new baking books, what are your favorites?!

(Photo Credit: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)