This holiday season, give the gift of books–either to your fellow bakers or sell them in your bakery so customers can spread the joy. Here are several titles your customers may enjoy as well a few that may help generate new ideas for your own bakery.
Kids’ Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse
by Liv Hansen and Kaye Hansen
Clarkson Potter, ISBN 978-0-46384-5
June 2010, 176 pages, $24.99
From the mother-daughter baking team, this trove of recipes and ideas will help home bakers conjure up a colorful world of pixie dust or pirate’s treasure for their children. No matter what a child fancies, Kaye and Liv offer unique ideas and kid-friendly confections for every special event.
The Sono Baking Company Cookbook
by John Barricelli
Clarkson Potter, ISBN 978-0-307-44945-0
March 2010, 288 pages, $35.00
Baricelli, owner of SoNo Baking Co. & Café and the host of Everyday Food on PBS, offers 150 foolproof recipes for sweet and savory bread and other products, such as muffins, pies and tarts, cakes and cookies, brownies and bars.
Satin Ice Sugar Craft
by Mercedes Strachwsky
available from Satin Fine Foods
The book was written and designed in collaboration with Strachwsky, owner of Bake Me a Cake pastry shop. Bakers can learn what made Strachwsky famous through full color guide of unusual and artistic decorating techniques.
The Happy Baker: A Girl’s Guide to Emotional Baking
by Erin Bolger
Harlequin, ISBN 978-0-373-89241-9
October 2010, 160 pages. $17.95
Erin Bolger has discovered the secret to keeping a smile on your face while braving the minefield of love: yummy baked products. Introducing her delicious, down-home desserts with highly relatable stories, Bolger is like a long-lost friend, complete with cookie tin.
Other book ideas include Gorgeous Christmas by Annie Bell, Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz and Dress Your Gingerbread by Joanna Farrow.