There's Now an Official 'Nailed It!' Cookbook to (Hopefully) Help You Avoid Baking Fails
The sixth season of Nailed It! dropped on Netflix last month and let's be honest: we all binged our way through the "Paranormal Pastries" and Loch Ness Monster cakes in a single weekend. If you've ever watched the show's amateur bakers struggle their way through… everything and thought to yourself "I could do that, maybe," then here's your chance to prove it.
This week, the show's official companion cookbook was released, which means that we can all attempt a batch of Candy Apple Aliens or Garden Gnome Mini Pies in our own kitchens. (There's also a recipe for the Loch Ness Monster cake, which is guaranteed to become our own triple-fondant tragedy.)
Nailed It! Baking Challenges for the Rest of Us features an introduction written by head judge Jacques Torres, interviews with some of the celebs who have judged the contestants' (kind of) delicious mistakes, Q&As with bakers who appeared on the show, and "odes to iconic host" Nicole Byer.
"What makes this show great is the lovely people who work behind the scenes to make it happen, the contestants, and last but most important Jacques Torres, who's truly a person I adore and a dream to work with," Byer said. "With this book, our fans can finally experience a taste of what it's like to be part of Nailed It! too."
The cookbook is separated into a half-dozen different sections, including Baker's Choice which highlights "quicker, less-involved recipes" that are better for beginner-beginners, kids, or people who don't feel quite ready for modeling chocolate. The "Nail It or Fail It" chapter is filled with recipes for 12 absolutely dazzling cakes, while "Donut You Dare" features a pair of fun doughnut options. There's also a section with Nailed It's Holiday recipes, and tips for hosting your own Nailed It! party.
Nailed It's cookbook is also very on-brand when it comes to first-time bakers: Torres contributes six tips for those of us who may not have ever done anything more complicated than slicing pre-made rolls of cookie dough, and there's a tutorial section that provides insight into working with some of the show's most intimidating ingredients, like fondant, royal icing, and rice cereal shapes.
The photographs that fill the cookbook are both gorgeous and #goals, and they helpfully illustrate what some of the recipes should look like while they're in progress, and provide an After photo for what the end product should be (or would be, if a professional were in charge). And yes, of course it includes pics of some of the onscreen bakers' hilariously awful attempts to complete their challenges.