What Else Is Hot? Spring Baking

This month in LJ, Collection Development features the best baking titles currently available (Hitting the Sweet Spot). So why not leap ahead and see what’s baking come spring? Here are 44 titles publishing in March‚ May 2011 that should help round out the treats you have to offer.
Did I say treats? At the moment, baking books are very much focused on sugar, with not a title in sight dedicated to savory baking and hardly anything on bread baking. Even this spring’s Simply Great Breads, written by leading artisanal baker and IACP winner Daniel Leader, embraces beignets and babka along with plain yeasted loaves.
Maybe it’s because whipping up a batch of cookies is generally faster and easier than making bread or even a good pie crust. Maybe it’s because those ubiquitous school events demand something gooey, not fragrant pumpernickel (I know, I just did my usual golden cupcakes with Maida Heatter’s Milk Chocolate Frosting). Or maybe Americans just like things really, really sweet.
Whatever the reason, the sugary stuff is really in, and nothing is bigger at the moment than cupcakes, oxymoronic though that may sound. This column’s batch of cupcake cookbooks range from Leslie Fiet’s Mini Cupcakes‚ how small can they get?‚ to a trend blender publishing in February that I just couldn’t resist including: Zilly Rosen’s Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses. Though you won’t see me eating a cupcake called Keep an Eye Out any time sound.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a range of offerings, from Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites, to Food Network maven Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Great American Bake Sale, to Eric Lanlard’s Master Cakes, whose author was twice winner of Continental Patissier of the Year. Special establishments get their due with Tina-Marie Casaceli’s Milk & Cookies: 68 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery and Miisa Mink and Marianna Wahlsten’s Nordic Bakery Cookbook, with recipes from a famed London bakery.
Gina Hyams’s Pie Contest in a Box might be tricky for libraries‚ it really is in a box‚ but could be incredibly useful wherever food markets, block parties, and 4-H fairs thrive. A rafter of books, including food blogger Tina Haupert’s Carrots ‘n’ Cake, address those who want to reduce sugar intake, eliminate gluten, or go vegan in their baking. Finally, do not miss the reprints of two key titles from dessert queen Maida Heatter. If you don’t have her Cakes and Cookies cookbooks in your collection, get them now.

General Titles for All Bakers
Deacon, Carol. Fabulous Party Cakes and Cupcakes: Matching Cakes and Cupcakes for Every Occasion. Tuttle. Apr. 2011. 80p. ISBN 9780804841580. $16.95.

Laskin, Avner. Celebrating Chocolate: Cakes, Brownies, and Bars. Leisure Arts. Apr. 2011. 144p. ISBN 9781609001155. pap. $14.95.

Lee, Sandra. Semi-Homemade Great American Bake Sale. Wiley. Mar. 2011. 240p. ISBN 9780470645598. pap. $19.95.

Luchetti, Emily & Lisa Weiss. The Fearless Baker: Scrumptious Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, Cookies, and Quick Breads That You Can Make To Impress Your Friends and Yourself. Little, Brown. May 2011. 304p. ISBN 9780316074285. $29.99.

Mink, Miisa & Marianna Wahlsten. Nordic Bakery Cookbook. Ryland Peters & Small. Apr. 2011. 144p. ISBN 9781849750967. $24.95.

Wild, Anthony & Carol Pastor. The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book: More Than 160 Classic Recipes for Sandwiches, Pretty Cakes and Bakes, Biscuits, Bars, Pastries, Cupcakes, Celebration …And Glorious Gateaux, With 650 Photographs. Lorenz. Apr. 2011. 256p. ISBN 9780754823490. $NA.

Cupcakes Are Big‚ Even If They’re Small
Betty Crocker Big Book of Cupcakes. Betty Crocker. Mar. 2011. 336p. ISBN 9780470906729. $19.95.

Connolly, Fergal & Judith Fertig. 500 Cupcakes. rev. ed. Sellers. Apr. 2011. 288p. ISBN 9781416206316. $16.95.

Farrow, Joanna. Dress Your Cupcake. Spruce. Apr. 2011. 128p. ISBN 9781846013850. pap. $14.99.

Fiet, Leslie. Mini Cupcakes. Gibbs Smith. Mar. 2011. 96p. ISBN 9781423618089. $14.99.

Klivans, Elinor. Pretty Cupcake Kit. Chronicle. Mar. 2011. NAp. ISBN 9780811875486. $19.95.

Manning, Anneka. Cupcakes. Thunder Bay. Mar. 2011. 96p. ISBN 9781607102267. $17.95.

Rosen, Zilly. Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses. Andrews McMeel. Feb. 2011. 80p. ISBN 9781449401122. pap. $14.99.

Miles, Hannah. Whoopie Pies. Ryland Peters & Small. Mar. 2011. 64p. ISBN 9781849750943. $15.95.

Tee, Susanna. Whoopies!: Fabulous Mix-and-Match Recipes for Whoopie Pies. Sterling. Apr. 2011. 96p. ISBN 9781402786471. pap. $12.95.

And Other Little Cakes
All Colour 200 Mini Cakes & Bakes. Hamlyn. May 2011. 240p. ISBN 9780600622697. $NA.

Atkinson, Catherine. The Big Book of Little Cakes: 240 Delectable Recipes for Bars, Cupcakes, Muffins, Brownies, Pastries, Tarts, Tarts And Confectionery, With Over 240 Photographs. Southwater. May 2011. 128p. ISBN 9781844769629. $17.99.

Rigg, Annie. Fabulous Brownies. Ryland Peters & Small. Apr. 2011. 64p. ISBN 9781849751209. $15.95.

How the Cookies Crumble
Bérengère, Abraham, Macarons. Spruce. Apr. 2011. 64p. ISBN 9781846013836. $12.99.

Best-Ever Cookies: Cookies ‘Round the Calendar…Yummy, Easy-To-Make Favorites for All Occasions! Gooseberry Patch. Mar. 2011. 224p. ISBN 9781936283354. $16.95.

Casaceli, Tina-Marie. Milk & Cookies: 68 Heirloom Recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery. Chronicle. Mar. 2011. 176p. ISBN 9780811872546. $24.95.

Hoshino, Akkiko. Painted Cookies. Chronicle. Mar. 2011. NAp. ISBN 9781452101224. pap. $12.95.

Manning, Anneka. Cookies. Thunder Bay. Mar. 2011. 96p. ISBN 9781607102274. $17.95.

Pie or Tart: A Work of Art
Hyams, Gina. Pie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need To Host a Pie Contest. Andrews McMeel. May 2011. 104p. ISBN 9781449401016. pap. $14.99.

Lane, Rachel. Pies and Tarts: How To Make More Than 60 Scrumptious Pies and Tarts. Reader’s Digest. May 2011. 128p. ISBN 9781606522509. $17.95.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Martha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites. Clarkson Potter. Mar. 2011. 352p. ISBN 9780307405098. $24.99.

Make My Cake
Esteybar, Nicole. Make Your Dream Wedding Cake: How To Design, Bake, and Decorate Wedding Cakes at Home. Ulysses. May 2011. 144p. ISBN 9781569759271. pap. $17.95.

Lanlard, Eric. Eric Lanlard’s Master Cakes. Hamlyn. Mar. 2011. 160p. ISBN 9780600622628. pap. $NA.

Nicol, Ann. The Best-Ever Book of Cakes: 165 Utterly Irresistible and Foolproof Cakes To Bake for Everyday Eating and Special Celebrations, Shown in 800 Delectable Photographs. Lorenz. May 2011. 256p. ISBN 9780754820697. $35.

Parrish, Maisie. Fun & Original Birthday Cakes. David & Charles. Mar. 2011. 128p. ISBN 9780715338339. $22.99.

Turner, Mich. The Art of the Cake: The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Baking and Decorating Perfection. Universe. Apr. 2011. 224p. ISBN 9780789322159. $NA.

Breaking Bread…and Biscuits
Celebrating Quick Breads & Pastries. Leisure Arts. Apr. 2011. 144p. ISBN 9781609001162. pap. $14.95.

Dupree, Nathalie & Cynthia Graubart. Southern Biscuits. Gibbs Smith. May 2011. 128p. ISBN 9781423621768. $19.99.

Ingram, Christine. The Practical Step-by-Step Guide To Baking Bread: 70 Foolproof Recipes for Classic Breads, Shown in 350 Photographs. Southwater. May 2011. 128p. ISBN 9781844767564. pap. $17.99.

Leader, Daniel with Lauren Chattman. Simply Great Breads: Sweet and Savory Yeasted Treats from America’s Premier Artisan Baker. Taunton. Mar. 2011. 160p. ISBN 9781600852978. $22.

Special Diets
Amsterdam, Elana. Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour. Celestial Arts. Mar. 2011. 112p. ISBN 9781587611667. $16.99.

Diegel, Donna. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Baking. Alpha: Penguin Group (USA). Apr. 2011. 320p. ISBN 9781615640577. pap. $16.95.

Fraser, Linda. Easy Low Fat Baking: 60 Recipes: Healthy and Delicious Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cookies, Scones, Cakes and Bakes, Shown Step-by-Step In 300 Beautiful Photographs. Southwater. May 2011. 96p. ISBN 9781844768011. pap. $16.99.

Haupert, Tina. Carrots ‘n’ Cake. Sterling Epicure. May 2011. 224p. pap. ISBN 9781402778247. $19.95.

Holechek, Kris. Have Your Cake and Vegan Too: 50 Dazzling and Delicious Cake Creations. Ulysses. Apr. 2011. 144p. ISBN 9781569759202. pap. $16.95.

Kicinski, Carol. Simply‚ĶGluten-Free Desserts: 150 Delicious Recipes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Old and New Favorites. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2011. 320p. ISBN 9780312643478. $25.99.

McKenna, Erin & Tara Donne. BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles. Clarkson Potter. Apr. 2011. 144p. ISBN 9780307718303. $25.

And Two Essential Reprints
Heatter, Maida. Maida Heatter’s Cakes. Andrews McMeel. Mar. 2011. 352p. ISBN 9781449401146. pap. $19.99.

Heatter, Maida. Maida Heatter’s Cookies. Andrews McMeel. Mar. 2011. 320p. ISBN 9781449401153. pap. $19.99.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.