Cook the Book: 'The Modern Baker'

Book CoverIn his ninth cookbook, bestselling author and veteran pastry chef Nick Malgieri presents a collection of 150 classic and contemporary recipes with the bulk of preparation taking less than one hour. By condensing years of teaching experience into easy step-by-step instructions, Malgieri ensures that home bakers, from novice to seasoned, will never have to face a leaden loaf of bread or a soggy pie crust again. After all, in these busy times, who can afford to start over?

The Modern Baker, this week's Cook the Book selection, ensures first-attempt success, whether you are whipping up a simple batch of Honey Peanut Wafers or tackling an elegant Pain de Seigle.

The cookbook begins with a comprehensive overview of ingredients, equipment, and techniques, and gets more specific within each chapter. "Savory Tarts & Pies," for example, includes an index of cheeses, vegetables, and meats that make good fillings. "Quick Breads" weighs the pros and cons of three different leaveners: baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

In addition to sumptuous photos of the finished dishes (hearty Chicken Pot Pie, gooey Pecan Stickiest Buns) there are images of the recipes in different stages, so you can see what your génoise is supposed to look like as you fold in the flour, and how puffy the dough for your pita bread should be.

Win 'The Modern Baker'

In addition to excerpting a recipe each day this week, we're also giving away copies of The Modern Baker autographed by Nick Malgieri. Simply answer this question in the comments section below: What was your biggest baking disaster or your biggest success?

Five (5) people will be chosen at random from eligible comments below. Comments will close Monday, September 29 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.