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Baking: From My Home to Yours

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  12,769 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Dorie Greenspan has written recipes for the most eminent chefs in the world: Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and arguably the greatest of them all, Julia Child, who once told Dorie, "You write recipes just the way I do.” Her recipe writing has won widespread praise for its literate curiosity and "patient but exuberant style.” (One hard-boiled critic called it "a joy forever.” ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1980)
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Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A million years ago, I promised Christine a review of Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my home to yours. Actually, I just promised to explain what I like about it. Then, I decided I needed to write a review essay, then I made some notes, then this project-- blown out of proportion-- fell into the abyss.

So, now, let me declare quickly, simply, perhaps anecdotally, what I find so appealing about Dorie.

1) She's a great writer:
"She stopped next to me for a second, asked if I was new and said, 'How chi
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for Christmas- and it's fantastic! I've been baking with Dorie's recipes for about six months now, and she hasn't steered me wrong yet. It's a great baking book in that it is full of basics and how-to's, but also has it's fair share of beautiful, complex recipes. She has a knack for coming up with techniques that make difficult things shockingly simple. She's a talented author, writing Julia Child's Baking with Juila, among others. Plus, it has great photos. And I'm a sucker for ...more
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves to bake
This is an amazing book. The quality of the recipes really stands out and the author's detail in explaining the process of baking is insightful and informative. The photographs are also astounding. I was not suprised to learn that she once worked with Julia Child. I consider this one of my best baking investments.
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is such a handy book to have around--these recipes are great. So far, I've made:
-fruit tart
-linzer cookies
-honey nut brownies
-pie crusts (great essential recipe)
-fruit tarts
-lots more, this book is a monster!
Mar 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bakers
Shelves: cookbooks
Amazing cookbook! I sold all my other baking cookbooks (Martha Stewarts was terrible) and this is my only one now. I love the recipes and the way she writes. If you are a fan of this group you should join our Tuesdays with Dorie blog group:
Manik Sukoco
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This sub-genre is very personal in that it reflects the recipes that happen to have meant a lot to the authors over the years. It also covers a broad range of recipes, hitting virtually every major type of baking, including pastry (pies, tarts, shells), cookies (drop, roll, sheet), cakes, yeast breads, and quick breads (muffins, biscuits, scones, fruit and vegetable breads) and cooked sweets (puddings, flans, custards). In spite of this wide coverage, there is no concerted effort to touch every ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I didn't know that Katharine Hepburn was well-known for her brownie recipe. In her tribute to the actress, Ms. Henderson wrote, "I'll always be grateful to Miss Hepburn for making me stick it out at Bryn Mawr and for giving me these rules to live by: 1. Never quit; 2. Be yourself; 3. Don't put too much flour in your brownies."

I was at first put off by the cover picture. I thought it was too fancy, meaning fussy recipes. Instead this is comprehensive and tempting, has pretty, helpful photographs.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a huge book, filled with a ton of recipes. Lots and lots and lots of recipes, all of which I read. I noticed a pattern, as I read the ingredients- I'd be thinking, "Yes, this sounds good, mmhmmm, yep, yep, okay, what the hell? NO." And possibly if I'd made any of them, they would be delicious. But I'm not willing to try- of all the recipes in the book, I marked just 3 as possible, and have already identified changes I'd make before baking them! So I think that Greenspan and I are deeply ...more
Nov 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The best cheesecake recipe ever! I've made over 1/2 of the recipes in the book, and they work! Don't subsitute ingredients though, Dorie gives plenty of substitution options for playing around. They're not low fat recipes, but these are standards that will always work. I highly recommend the cookie recipes as well. This is definitely a desserts baking book, it has some sugary breakfast foods, fantastic cookies and desserts, but no yeast breads.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a cookbook you can read! I just made
her blueberry pie recipe and OH MY GOD the woman
is a muse of absolute pleasure.

This cookbook is almost a cooking class. There are pages
of her thoughts and intentions for each recipe and
she is a great advocate of enjoying the entire
process of crafting the deserts you choose to indulge you read the short essays attached to each recipe, you realize how do-able this really is. I highly recommend finding a copy for your shelf.
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a heavy book - weighing about 4 lbs. - so not one I would use or read often. It is also pricey - tagged $53.95 on the copy I got at the library - so not likely to get to my shelves. It does have 472 pages of recipes as well as a 23 page glossary of terms.

Apart from that, it is a good basic+ baking book, with a good selection of recipes and good explanations.

I did not copy down ANY of the recipes included, though, that looked good enough to replace my own favourites. Some were a bit tempt
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves to bake
This is my absolute favorite cookbook in my rather extensive library. I LOVE to bake, and this is my baking Bible. The recipes are easy to follow and I enjoy reading the stories that go along with them - there's such a sense of history and it's nice to read the author's reasons for including certain recipes.

I haven't tried all of the recipes - far from it, but the ones that I've made have been SO good! There are so many options including creative variations on standard recipes, great pictures,
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, food, non-fiction
Dorie Greenspan's breadth of knowledge and skill at making it accessible to the everyday cook/baker is impressive.
This book works equally well for the novice and the experienced home baker. I know, because I used it to help a rookie friend hosting her first dinner party. Her Apple Kuchen cake was as fine as anything I could have produced and I've been baking for years.
Recipes are clear, well plotted, and full of helpful details.
This should be a foundation cookbook in any keen baker's collection
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love to bake
Recommended to Rose by: Serious Eats, a food bl
Shelves: cookbooks
Absolutely, hands down, one of the best baking books I've read. I have had it checked out of the library for about two months, begging and renewing the copy. It has lodged itself in my consciousness and is on my "I need to own" list.

Dorie Greenspan gives great instructions and is incredibly generous, sharing recipes I probably would have kept under wraps. Her recipes for Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops and Molasses Spice Cookies guided me through the holiday baking season and earned me some kudos
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baking, read2010
I kept giving this as gifts and finally asked for it for Christmas. This could be every cook's general baking cookbook - Dorie creates infallible recipes (the perfect party cake is a great example) and all of these are crowd pleasers.
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I'd give this one six stars if I could. Haven't made a recipe from this one yet that hasn't been a success. The BEST cheesecake ever. Reworked the caramel pumpkin tart that is now my Thanksgiving mainstay.
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baking
Amazing, intelligent, unintimidating. Made the lemon poppy seed muffins and they were wonderful. Can't wait to try more recipes! I *must* own it.
Marie-Charlotte Brandon
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best brownies I have ever made! Easy to follow recipes and so many variations to choose from, whether it be muffins, Madeleines, cookies. Lots of recipes to choose from, highly recommended for any keen bakers out there.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Solid dessert recipes. Made both chocolate cupcakes and cheesecake that were well received.
Ski family
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my go-to cookbook. Every recipe comes out perfectly!
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now all I want to do is bake.
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I kept hearing about this book on different food blogs I follow, including Tuesdays With Dorie, and I figured I might as well check it out from the library.

I loved the random tips scattered throughout the book, and in general, I liked how the the book was organized. There was a breakfast sweets section, cookies, cakes, spoon desserts, and a few other sections I’m forgetting. The only issue I had with the organization of the book was that each section had different subdivisions. Like, the cookie
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, cookbooks
This is an absolute masterpiece among baking books. Dorie is a very talented chef and writer, and her recipes are as clearly laid out as they are delicious. She includes sidebars for how to plan ahead (if a given recipe can be prepared up to a certain point and then frozen, or how long it will keep and how it should be stored), and lots of variations for many of the recipes. Ingredients, equipment needed, and yield are all clearly marked. Her anecdotes in the introductions to each recipe are hea ...more
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, favourites
My all-time favourite baking book. If you can only afford one baking book in your life, buy this one! It's versatile, creative and suprisingly easy. If you just want plain muffins or some fancy cake, you'll find whatever you need. I like especially the marginal notes, because they give you even more possibilities for variation. I made lots of baked goodies from this book, and I never got dissappointed - althoug I have to admit that I ALWAYS reduce the amount of sugar given in the recipes (it's j ...more
Joel Crow
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most apt way of characterizing this baking tome is quite cliche: it is like being in the kitchen with an old friend. That is, if your old friend were a world-renowned pastry chef who worked with such masters as Pierre Herme and Julia Child. Even if Dorie Greenspan did not come across as eminently likeable, her recipes in and of themselves would be worth the purchase price. The book is categorized according to type of baked good, with standards like cookies, quick breads, pies, et al., but a ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
My library program "Cookin the Books" used this cookbook for this month's (February 2016) program. We made Brownie Buttons, Blueberry Crumb Cake, Coco-Nana Bread, Low & Lush Chocolate Cheesecake, Chewy Chunky Blondies , Mini Milk Chocolate Bundt Cake, Far Breton Cake, Chocolate Gingerbread and Nutty Chocolatey Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

I think the general consensus was that we enjoyed the cook book (hence the 4 star rating) but felt it could have used either editing or test cooking. I pe
Iowa City Public Library
In case you haven’t discovered it, the Library has a great cookbook collection. My father was a wonderful cook and never used a cookbook in his life, but he wasn’t a very good teacher because he’d only say, "Just taste it!" so I took to cookbooks to learn to cook. I almost always have a cookbook or two checked out. Most I just browse through, sometimes I copy a recipe, and occasionally a book will so inspire me I have to own it. Dorie Greenspan’s new book, Baking: from my home to yours is a keep ...more
Z.D. Gladstone
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As far as baking books go, this is a *must have* in every kitchen! It has all the best features of a quality cookbook: a large number of recipes; beautiful, fill-color photographs; easy-to-follow recipe format; and an appropriate number of enlightening (and amusing) anecdotes from the author. It also includes a thorough and well-organized appendix (the mark of a superbly edited cookbook, in my opinion--97% of the time when I pick up a cookbook, I turn to the index first)! Dorie also offers intel ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never made so many recipes from one book. And I haven’t found a bad or even mediocre one yet. Dorie’s style is delightfully personal. Each recipe is preceded by a description with all sorts of charming little anecdotes and stories, like a recipe for Chocolate Armagnac Cake which Dorie says got her fired from her first job in a professional kitchen. Almost every recipe includes notes in the margins on how it could be adapted, which she calls “Playing Around.” There are also practical tips on ...more
Kathleen Whisler
Only until recently did I become aware that Good Reads also included cookbooks. As an avid collector of cookbooks there are those that have provided me a few favorite recipes and that's a great deal in my way of seeing things. What's the value of a wonderful dish enjoyed by family and friends over the years? Dorrie Greenspan's "Baking:From My Home to Yours" is unlike the cookbooks previously mentioned. Everyone of her recipes could become a family heirloom. When I want to try a new desert Dorrie ...more
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Called a culinary guru by the New York Times, Dorie Greenspan is the author of the James Beard Awardwinning Baking: From My Home to Yours, which inspired the creation of the online baking community Tuesdays with Dorie. She has been passionately involved with French food for the last three decades. With Pierre Herm, she wrote Desserts by Pierre Herm, winner of an IACP Cookbook of the Year Award, an ...more