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Cookbook Review: Taste of Home Baking

Updated on September 2, 2011

Do you enjoy baking? Are you always on the lookout for baking recipes that can be used to create great-tasting sweet or savory treats but that aren’t overly complicated? If so, the second edition of the Taste of Home Baking just might become your favorite cookbook as soon as you take a look at it.

About Taste of Home Baking

Originally published in 2007, the second edition of the Taste of Home Baking cookbook, published in September of 2011, has been completely overhauled and updated in format and content. This cookbook is truly designed for the needs of modern home cooks who enjoy creating home-baked goodies and who want to learn recipes and techniques that are appropriate for their lifestyle and cooking abilities.

The book’s second edition features more than 750 recipes, 90 percent of which were not in the first edition. Rather than being a traditional bound book, this book is a five-ring binder, which is the ideal format for bakers to use. That’s because the book actually lays flat on the counter when open to a recipe. This means that you won’t have to deal with pages that seem to turn by themselves when you are trying to use it as a guide when adding ingredients to your mixing bowl.

Taste of Home Baking Recipes

Have you ever picked up a baking book in the bookstore or library only to quickly put it back on the shelf because the instructions are just too complicated to be practical? You won’t have that experience with Taste of Home Baking . The recipes included in this book are not concoctions developed by world-famous chefs who’ve been formally trained in the most prestigious culinary institutions. Instead, they are recipes that were submitted to Taste of Home by home cooks throughout the United States and Canada and then tested by professionals who work in the test kitchen.


What does this mean for you? The recipes are real dishes prepared and made by people just like you – individuals who have to balance the need to provide nutritious, flavorful meals and treats for their families with all of the other demands and stresses of everyday life. They’re also fully tested and vetted by cooking professionals, who’ve ensured that the preparation instructions are provided in a simple, easy-to-follow step-by-step format. What could be better than that?

Examples of the recipes you’ll find in this book include:

  • Cheddar Loaves
  • Chewy Soft Pretzels
  • Chocolate Chunk Shortbread
  • Cocoa Cake Brownies
  • Italian Herb Muffins
  • Lemon Bread
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes
  • Raspberry Coconut Cookies
  • Strawberry Marble Cake
  • Sweet Potato Pecan Pie
  • Hundreds of Other Dishes

Expand Your Baking Skills with Taste of Home Baking

If you’re looking to expand your baking skills, you’ll likely find this book to be an invaluable tool. It’s an outstanding resource for delicious, practical recipes that anyone with an interest in baking can follow.

Special thanks to Taste of Home for providing me with a review copy of this book. The opinions presented are my own.


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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Yes, this is a great resource. With fall around the corner this is a timely reminder to pull it out!