Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their top picks of all time.
Pastry chef Karen DeMasco is a huge cookbook collector, so she couldn’t pick just one to spotlight. Here, four of her all-time favorite cookbooks that every aspiring pastry chef or baker needs to own.
1. Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich (2007)
“It’s so ingredient-focused, and every recipe I’ve tried from the book is perfect,” DeMasco says. “Medrich has given me a lot of inspiration, a lot of good ideas, like she infused milk with cocoa nibs to make a gelato with a great milky chocolate flavor.”