Greatest Hits from the Queen of Cake

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Happiness is Baking:
Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake

By Maida Heatter
(Little Brown and Company, 2019)

“Whenever someone tells me they want to start baking, I tell them to turn to Maida Heatter.”

That advice comes from baking guru Dorie Greenspan, written in her forward to Heatter’s new all-things-sweet cookbook. At 102 years old, Heatter is among the deeply beloved writers of the genre. Her latest effort is a whimsically illustrated collection of greatest hits plus a generous helping of tips and techniques Heatter has collected along the way to ensure foolproof preparation. The 276 pages include dozens of recipes for cakes, muffins, tarts, pies, cookies, and other crumbly baked confections. Fans of Heatter will recognize favorites like Buttermilk Spice Cake, various iterations of the chocolate chip cookie, Key Lime Pie, her legendary brownies (including the Palm Beach Brownies with Chocolate Covered Mints), Wellesley Fudge Cake, Florida Lemon Squares, Pecan Squares Americana, and many others.

A delightful gift for anyone setting up a kitchen or who just loves baking!

Edible East Bay’s book editor Kristina Sepetys is eager to share her ideas and book recommendations with
our readers.