Review: Baking Day with Anna Olson

Review: Baking Day with Anna Olson

Baking Day with Anna Olson is one of the most comprehensive and well-organized cookbooks on baking I have ever come across. The layout and design of this book makes it easy to follow and find a perfect recipe to make. Anyone new to baking or those looking for a fun activity to do with kids will appreciate the interesting and easy to follow recipes.

Review: Baking Day with Anna OlsonTitle: Baking Day with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bake Together: 120 Sweet and Savory Recipes to Bake with Family and Friends
Author: Anna Olson
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Publication Date: October 27, 2020

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Canada's baking sweetheart, Anna Olson, returns with an essential guide to baking for and with those you love.

Baking Day is the book we have all been waiting for. In this new cookbook, Anna Olson encourages you to spend time with your loved ones, baking along with her easy-to-follow, delicious recipes for all your favourite treats. This is a cookbook to bring family and friends together, and to bond over quality time spent baking. With over 120 recipes for all skill levels, there is a baking project in Baking Day for everyone.

Anna helps you find the right recipe by marking each one with difficulty level, necessary time commitment, required tools, and modifications for allergies or dietary restrictions. Anna's savoury and sweet recipes are suitable for every level of home baker, as she encourages you to challenge yourself and develop new skills in the kitchen. Her voice is truly encouraging, as she coaches you through each step, hoping to pass on the expertise she has learned throughout her 20-year career. She is especially mindful of her younger readers, or those of you baking with kids, making sure to point out the most important details for younger budding bakers. Step back from the craziness of life and connect with those you love over shared time in the kitchen. Very soon, baking day will become your favourite day of the week.

Try making your own Gourmet Goo Skillet Brownies, Classic No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, or Toffee Pretzel Baklava. Anna also brings together comforting classics including Dutch Baby, Giant Glazed Cinnamon Bun, and her Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, and recipes to show your loved ones how much you care--breakfast in bed for Father's Day, maybe, or a special homemade birthday cake for your best friend. There are even treats for your pets!

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: Baking Day with Anna Olson

When a recipe book has a fantastic flow and is easy to navigate, I am in love. This book contains a multitude of images, as well as a guide at the beginning that explains the various icons that are used in the book. You can quickly find the level of difficulty of any recipe and whether it is vegan or gluten free. The pièce de résistance, however, is the entire section at the start of the book that has images to go along with each recipe and how long it should take to create them.

❀ The contents are as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Guide to Recipe Icons
  • Recipes at a Glance
  • Baking Day Tools and Equipment
  • Early Risers: Breakfast Pancakes, Waffles, and Eggs
  • Sugar and Spice: Sweet Breads
  • Breaking Bread: Savoury Breads
  • Snack Time: Biscuits, Crackers, and Dips
  • All Things: Chocolate, Vanilla, Toffee, Marshmallow, and Ginger
  • Tea Time Treats: Cookie Bars, Muffins, and Loaf Cakes
  • Party On: Celebration Cakes
  • Easy As…: Pies, Tarts, and Cheesecakes
  • Chilled Out: Frozen Desserts and Treats
  • P.S….:Pet Treats

❀ Informative and Down-to-Earth

For some reason, a tools and equipment list is something I have come to really appreciate at the start of a cookbook, and this one is really extensive. Anna Olson has always had an informative and down-to-earth approach, so I am not surprised at the detail in this book. If you have enjoyed her other books, then this is one to add to your shelf as well.

❀ Fun and Exciting for Kids

There are so many things to love about Baking Day with Anna Olson, including the fact that it is useful for any skill level. Also, if you enjoy baking with kids, there are a lot of fun and exciting recipes to try, including cupcake tops and pet treats. I have been wanting to try quite a few of these recipes and I look forward to making some of the tea time treats. It is a perfect gift for any baker on your gift giving list this year!

About Anna Olson

Anna Olson

Anna Olson is the internationally known host of the Food Network's Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, and the author of eight bestselling cookbooks on baking and cooking, including Appetite's Bake with Anna Olson and Set for the Holidays with Anna Olson. Anna is a professionally trained chef and lives in Ontario with her husband, Michael.

17 thoughts on “Review: Baking Day with Anna Olson

  1. Rosie says:

    Oooh, this does sound nice. For gifts esp gift baskets, and also for me. I used to get cookbooks from the library, but have been trying to use recipes online, but I don’t like that much, I’d prefer to have some of my own and I love baking, can sure can do better.

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