Guest Top Ten List
Anita Chu, also known as pastrygirl, is the creator of Dessert First, an award-winning blog dedicated to all things sweet. Anita was professionally trained in the pastry arts at Tante Marie's Cooking School in San Francisco. After graduating, Anita started Dessert First to combine her passions for pastry, writing, and photography. Her weekly posts document her adventures in the kitchen through vivid descriptions and mouth-watering photos, along with recipes. Her first cookbook, a Field Guide to Cookies, was published in September 2008 and was a comprehensive survey of the world of cookies, with over 100 entries on cookies from around the world, complete with histories, baking tips, and recipes. Anita's book and blog have been profiled in the New York Times, Sunset and The Washington Post, among other publications. Anita's second book, A Field Guide to Candy, will be published in Fall 2009.
Top 10 Dessert Blogs
Vera has a keen eye for photography and some serious skills with the oven – evidence of her talent is clearly evident all throughout her charming blog. I am glad she decided to share her baking obsession with the world.
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I happen to share the twin interests Ari celebrates on her blog, so falling in love with Baking and Books was a no-brainer. Ari writes book reviews and creates simple, delicious recipes, all rendered in her clear and enticing prose.
Not only is Thip, the blogger behind Bonbini! a ferociously talented pastry chef, she is also a budding photographer. I enjoy her photos documenting San Francisco, my hometown, almost as much as I enjoy her amazing creations.
Going to Aran’s blog is like entering a museum where everything is impeccably made, perfectly framed, and bathed in gorgeous light. You could visit just to enjoy the dreamy photography, but the recipes are fabulous as well.
Dorie was one of my very first baking inspirations. After collecting all her cookbooks, I was thrilled when she started a blog so I could continue to enjoy her wonderfully charming writing and follow her adventures around the world.
Reading Foodbeam, makes me wish I had been born in France so I could write about baking and eating fabulous French pastries every day. The joie de vivre of Fanny, Foodbeam’s creator, is infectious, and her blog is a delectable cream puff.
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Whether you use King Arthur Flour or not, this is a wonderfully written blog and a great resource. The team of writers test their recipes rigorously and document the results, which is great for understanding how baking works – and for getting some really good recipes.
Visiting this blog is like opening a jewelbox of exquisitely made desserts, each one lovelier than the other. The thoughtful and intelligent writing make lingering at Lemonpi easy.
I quite enjoy the straightforward elegance of this blog; the bench notes in each entry contribute to the feel that you are reading the notebook of a talented and meticulous artist.
Besides creating incredibly beautiful desserts, Helen, or Tartelette, is also the online patron saint of bakers: she’s known for dispensing helpful advice and answering the questions of aspiring bakers . I’ve always been impressed by the depth of her knowledge as well as her generous spirit, and her keen sense of fun.