The book: The Little French Bakery Cookbook by Susan M. Holding
The angle: Stories and recipes from a former hobby baker who quit her job, headed to the Cordon Bleu in Paris, and then opened a bakery in Wisconsin.
Recipes for right now: Quick Cheese Crackers, Perfect Country Sandwich Bread, Chocolate Caramel Mousse, English Trifle, Toffee Bars, Confetti Angel Food Cake, Big Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls, Cooking School Granola
Who would enjoy this book? Anyone who's dreamed of opening their own bakery.
• Who wrote it: Susan M. Holding
• Who published it: Skyhorse Publishing
• Other highlights: Part memoir, part cookbook, The Little French Bakery Cookbook is the kind of read that will make you pour another cup of coffee and linger a little longer at the breakfast table. It has a good mix of "fancy" French pastries like madeleines and croissants, along with American-inspired classics like cinnamon rolls and confetti cake.
I also appreciate that both sweet and savory recipes are represented here — bakers cannot live on eclairs alone (unfortunately). I highly recommend this book for anyone who has harbored secret fantasies of quitting their day job and opening a corner bakery.
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: The Little French Bakery Cookbook by Susan M. Holding
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