You will have trouble finding a more beautiful cookbook than the Baking Bible. Smorgasbook’s September selection had this group of cooks excited about baking. Stunning photos draw in the reader and Beranbaum introduces each recipe by listing baking time, equipment and ingredients needed so a novice baker doesn’t get in over their head. Unfortunately, we had trouble with the actual recipe execution with unclear instructions and strange bake times. We also found the recipes inaccessible for the novice baker because many of the recipes called for specialize equipment like mini muffin tins, pastry bags and specialty cake shaped pans. You will droll over the pictures and enjoy reading about baking but don’t dive into this one if you are a novice baker.