The Cookbooks Every Aspiring Baker Needs

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By F&W Editors Posted August 25, 2014

Nancy Olson reveals her favorite baking cookbooks for beginners. 

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.

The Chef: Nancy Olson

The Book: All of Maida Heatter’s books.

“I love all of Maida Heatter’s books,” Olson says. “They’ve been my favorites from the beginning. Before I went to the Culinary Institute of America, I’d start baking out of cookbooks on slow nights at the Fargo Country Club. Her books are so incredible because it feels like she’s holding your hand in the kitchen. Any question you might have, she answers it. That makes the recipes kind of lengthy—particularly now that I know what I’m doing. But at the time, she didn’t skip over anything. She was right there. And I loved that.”

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