Our Favorite Baking Book: The Vintage Baker, by Jessie Sheehan
I love to bake, and I adore tiny things. So you can imagine my excitement when I received a review copy of The Vintage Baker, by Jessie Sheehan. It's full of great recipes and has a mini recipe booklet bound inside the larger book. Sheehan was inspired by recipe booklets published in the late-19th to mid-20th centuries by brands like Hershey's and Frigidaire, so she used those old-school recipes as a jumping-off point for her modern makeovers. Standard seven-layer bars become Black-Bottom Banana Dream Bars with a chocolate cookie crust and lots of fresh banana pieces. Sheehan also takes standard salted caramels up a notch by adding pepper for a sweet-salty-spicy candy. Both recipes got two thumbs up from my taste testers (and my valentines), my husband and four-year-old son, giving me two more reasons to love this book.