Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? I love walking into a pastry shop and trying to determine the best looking sweet. Of course, it’s hard to pick just one. Obviously I love the books that talk about baking; they make my mouth water. I love reading about the bakeries (sometimes magical) or about a teen who loves to bake. It makes me want to whip up something delicious. My baking programs at the library are the top attended programs I host. We’ve made fudge and chocolates and decorate both cookies and cupcakes. We all know that teens love food, but how about books about baking? Here are a few sweet reads.
Sweet Life of Stella Madison by Lara M. Zeises
Stella, the daughter of a famous chef and an owner of a major restaurant, finds a job at a newspaper. She’s expected to write about food. Stella isn’t a foodie, but can she come to love writing about food and restaurants?
It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder
Isabel’s mom decides to open a cupcake bakery. Isabel dreams of leaving Oregon — she never imagined cupcakes might be her ticket out of town. She comes across a recipe contest where the winners of the competition will win a trip to New York City to compete in a bake-off. Can she create an award winning recipe? Recipes included.
Tea Shop Girls by Laura Schaefer
Annie’s grandmother owns the Steeping Leaf, the tea shop where Annie and her friends hang out. The Steeping Leaf could be in trouble. Can Annie help her grandmother make the tea shop a hit? Recipes included.
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
Rose’s parents own a bakery, but soon Rose realizes that it’s magic that makes their baked goods taste delicious. When her parents have to leave, Rose becomes the keeper of the magical cookbook. She swears not to use the book, but she and her brothers can’t resist the temptation. The magical recipes used are inventive and gross and cause quite a stir.
Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
Polly fancies herself a romantic: she loves Jane Austen and Anne Shirley. While working at her parents’ bakery, she comes up with the idea to match up some of their customers. Can she encourage a summer romance between their patrons?
There are plenty of cozy mysteries surrounding bakeries too.
Sprinkle with Murder by Jenn McKinlay
Best friends decide to open a bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Their first client is Bridezilla. No one is surprised when she turns up dead, although Mel isn’t too keen on the murder weapon (a cupcake). She’s also under suspicion as the main suspect. Can Mel and her best friend Angie clear her name? Recipes included.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah runs The Cookie Jar, where she bakes up a storm until a delivery man is found dead outside her shop with her famous chocolate chip cookies crumbled around him. Determined, Hannah sets out to prove her cookies are still magical. Recipes included.
Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck
Suzanne Hart opens a donut shop following her divorce. She’s getting used to the new schedule of getting up early, when one morning she sees a body dropped off on her doorstep. It seems not everyone expects her early mornings. Now Suzanne starts snooping to clear her name. Recipes included.
The Twinkies Cookbook features the history of Twinkies followed by 50 recipes including Twinkie sushi, Twinkie pancakes, and Twinkie Ã©clairs.
Peeps: Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat contains both recipes and crafts featuring bunnies, chicks, pumpkins, ghosts, and trees. Recipes include Peepsicles, Peeps in a Blanket, Peeps Mai Tai, and Molten Chocolate Peeps Cakes.
Teens Cook Dessert by Megan and Jill Carle jumps right in with Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies, Cheesecake Bars, Vampire Cupcakes, and Caramel-Apple Cheesecake. The recipes all include pictures and some include helpful kitchen tips. Plus, it shows teens making and eating the desserts.
Is there a book that makes your mouth water?
— Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick