Baking is more popular than ever.
(Thanks to a certain reality-TV
show with killer ratings!) Take
on the trend with these baking
bibles from across the pond.

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british baking books
Photography by Peter Ardito
| Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

Lola’s: A Cake Journey Around  the World, by Julia Head

Inspired by the famed Lola's bakeries in  London, this book will send you on a globe-trotting  tour of all things sweet, from  Austria (strudel) to Australia (Lamington  sponge cakes). No passport necessary. $25

Sweet, by Yotam Ottolenghi  and Helen Goh

Cowritten by Israeli-born superstar  chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who runs several  restaurants in London, this good-lookin'  book zaps classic dessert recipes  with Ottolenghi's Middle Eastern  flair: saffron-orange madeleines, rose water–tinged layer cake, and cinnamon  Pavlova with fresh figs. $35

Twist: Creative Ideas to Reinvent  Your Baking, by Martha Collison

In 2014, when she was only 17,  Collison became the youngest  contestant ever on TV's  The Great British Bake Off. Now the wunderkind is showing  her creativity in her first  cookbook, where she details  not only how to bake classic  desserts but also how to tweak ' em. Because why stop at  macarons when you can make macaron-shell ice cream? $25

Made with Love:  50 Beautiful, Sweet Gifts  for Friends and Family,  by Aimee Twigger

Twigger, the DIY maven  behind the cooking  blog Twigg Studios  (twiggstudios.com),  brings her know-how  to her U.S.-debut  cookbook, which  she styled and  photographed  herself. The result:  page after page  of gorgeous treats,  like kiwi-lime ice  pops and candy-striped  meringues,  perfect for holiday  gifting. $25