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A baker's dozen of best Baking cookbooks

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The James Beard Book Awards Committee announced its Baker's Dozen, a collection of thirteen baking books that should be part of any bakers' collection.

When I saw this list, I realized I have a lot of cookbook buying to do. How many are in your collection?

1. "Baking: From My Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006)

2. "Beard on Bread" by James Beard (originally published 1973; reprinted by Knopf 1995).

3. "The Book of Great Desserts" by Maida Heatter (Andrews McMeel, 1999)

4. "The Bread Baker's Apprentice" by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed, 2001)

5. "The Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum (William Morrow, 1988)

6. "Classic Home Desserts" by Richard Sax (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000)

7. "Cocolat" by Alice Medrich (Warner Books, 1990)

8. "The Fannie Farmer Baking Book" by Marion Cunningham (Gramercy, 1996)

9. "Great Pies and Tarts" by Carole Walter (Clarkson Potter, 1998)

10. "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field (William Morrow, 1985)

11. "Martha Stewart's Cookies" by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, 2008)

12. "My Bread" by Jim Lahey (W.W. Norton, 2009)

13. "The Simple Art of Perfect Baking" by Flo Braker (Chronicle, 2003)

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.
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