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The Baking Revolution

May 6, 2020

The Baking Revolution

Have you joined the baking revolution? Recently I looked over a collection of recipes from my Grandmother and Great-Great Aunt. Some are labeled “we used to make this during the depression.” I don’t plan to replicate these, but one or two of the others are new favourites. 

The recipes, clipped from magazines and newspapers plus handwritten entries, are pasted in notebooks. Before the internet this is how you organized your new recipes. Now you can search online for instructions on how to bake almost anything. For inspiration, expand your search by checking out the electronic resources RRC Library has to offer.

Below are just a few of the books and journals available online from the Library. Want to find more? Try entering baking keywords in OneSearch (Tip: To limit to e-resources, click the Available online filter on the left side).


Find descriptions and links to these e-books below the cover images.

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Baking Artisan Bread with Natural Starters, by Mark Friend – Clear instructions on how to make a variety of sourdough breads including the starters.

From No-knead to Sourdough: A Simpler Approach to Handmade Bread, by Victoria Redhed Miller – An indepth but easy to understand look at breads, how fermentation works and instructions to make your own sourdough bread and starter.

Creative Baking: Macaron Basics by Phay Shing Tan – Simple illustrated instructions on how to make macarons.

The Everyday Baker : Essential Techniques and Recipes for Foolproof Baking,by Abigail Johnson Dodge – Covers all the baking standards including cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and bread with clear illustrated steps for each recipe.

Where people feast an indigenous people’s cookbook, by Dolly Watts & Annie Watts – See the section on Baked Goods and Desserts.

The joy of vegan baking : more than 150 traditional treats & sinful sweets, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.


Find descriptions and links to these e-journals below the cover images.

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Bakers journal – Check the Recipe section on the website.

Bake – Written for bakeries but includes interesting articles on food trends (check out the January 2020 edition to find out about sourdough). Includes a few recipes.

General Interest

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Baking as biography a life story in recipes, by Diane Tye – Find out what recipe collections can say about a person’s life. After reading through recipes from my own family I am looking forward to reading this book.

Baking powder wars : the cutthroat food fight that revolutionized cooking, by Linda Civitello – For a fascinating history of baking powder, baking and cultural history. Who knew baking power was so interesting.

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