How to Bake by Nick Malgieri & Anolon Springform Pan Promotion

Dover Publications has reissued Nick Malgieri’s James Beard award winning (1995), How to Bake: Complete Guide to Perfect Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Tarts, Breads, Pizzas, Muffins this month.  We are in the midst of comparing and indexing this new edition to prior versions and should have this process completed soon. 

How to Bake shares scores of mouth-watering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies. In addition to his clear, detailed instructions, Malgieri offers helpful tips for variations on classic recipes as well as suggestions for everything from making a pastry bag to mastering cake and pie toppings. Presented in order from the simplest to most complex, these recipes from the collection of a great pastry chef will add a whole new level of sophistication to your kitchen repertoire.

Nick was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our members:

If I have counted correctly, you have, yourself, authored over a dozen cookbooks. And now How to Bake is being reissued by Dover which is exciting. Of all your titles, why How to Bake? Is the reissue updated? Anything new?

How to Bake was my first book with Harper’s that was my “home” for almost 15 years. I spent a long time developing and new recipes and tweaking old ones over a couple of years. When it comes time to make pies for Thanksgiving or cookies for Christmas I still consult some of those recipes as they were and have remained favorites.

The whole manuscript was revised and updated, especially in the areas of ingredients, equipment, sources for ingredients and most of all many recipes. There have been many changes in the breads and an entirely new section on sourdough – both propagating and maintaining the starter and recipes for using it.

Are there plans for other reprints?

I would love to bring back my chocolate book but it’s not as yet out of print.

Which of your books is your favorite, if you could name a favorite? I have them all – and I would be hard pressed to name a favorite myself.

It’s hard to name a favorite but How to Bake was my first “big” book and It will always be special for me, but I love all my other “children” as much…

I just prepared questions for an interview I’m preparing for Rose Levy Beranbaum – and I want to ask you the same question – are you also a cook? Are there any plans for a savory title from you?

I LOVE to cook – Southern Italian dishes my grandmother and mother made, Turkish, Thai, you name it!

At this point in your career – do you bake for pleasure? And if you do what are your go to recipes?

I do all the time as I like to entertain and I always include a savory baked item – either an hors d’oeuvre, or focaccia or other bread, as well as a dessert. When I’m planning this kind of baking, I’m always taking off from one of my own recipes and taking it in a new direction.

What has been your biggest baking failure? Your biggest baking success?

For me, the two are linked. I remember I tried to adapt an Alice B. Toklas recipe for something called bird’s nest pudding and after a dozen tries I just gave up including it in the recipes for an article. Years later I looked at it again and I realized I had been using way too much flour in the mix. But there have been plenty of other stops along the way -a chocolate sour cream pound cake that took many tweaks before it became edible.

If you were to choose five baked desserts, everyone should know, what would they be? This is like the five dishes you should know how to make – roasted chicken, pasta carbonara, etc.

  • A plain cake like a marble cake or pound cake
  • A simple fruit pie or tart
  • A couple of good cookies (chocolate chip included)
  • A flourless chocolate mousse cake (into the oven in 10 minutes)
  • Something savory like easy focaccia or breadsticks

Are you also a cookbook fan – do you have any favorites? How many in your collection?

When I lived in a relatively large Manhattan apartment I had 8,000 cookbooks with me. Four years ago I moved to Brooklyn and I sent 90 cartons of books to the rare book and manuscript library at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The catalog of about 3,00 is now available online

I’m thrilled that my collection resides with that of Esther B. Aresty, who had the finest collection of the 20th century, and that of my dear late friend Fritz Blank, for years the chef owner of the elegant Deux Cheminees in Philadelphia.

I kept about 1,000 favorites with me when I moved.

What’s next for Nick Malgieri?

If you find out, let me know! Presently I’m talking with someone about contributing a baking and sweets section to a savory cookbook. I’d also love to do a book of my all-time favorite recipes.


Our  takes you inside to share a few recipes. 

Thanks to our friends at Dover Books we are pleased to share a worldwide giveaway for How to Bake below. If you are planning your holiday shopping, Dover is offering our members 25% off of their cookbook collection using this link and the code: WRBY. 

To celebrate the reissue of this classic, our friends at Anolon have provided a set of their Anolon Advanced Nonstick Bakeware 9-Inch Square Springform Dessert and 9-Inch Round Springform Pans in our giveaway below to two winners in the US.

Anolon springform bakeware is my go-to for cheesecakes, ice cream cakes and as well as other baking projects. I’ve even used the wonder-pans for layered savory dishes such as a lasagna (be sure to wrap the bottom of the pan in foil) or timpano. I’ve tried many other brands with the conclusion that Anolon is my favorite. Other products have rusted or warped, but I’ve had Anolon for years with no issues.

This morning I made the Moist, buttery nut cake from How to Bake in my Anolon round springform pans. I sprayed the pans, baked and then released the latch with my cakes coming out perfectly. This cake is, indeed, moist and buttery – filled with flavor from the ground nuts (I used almond) and has a nice crumb. The batter came together so fast and I can see this cake making many appearances at our table. Thanks to Dover Publications, another generation of bakers can enjoy Nick’s recipes. This baker appreciates being reminded of the beauty and perfection of the recipes in this classic title. 


The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members worldwide and Anolon is providing a set of their springform pans to two US winners. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on February 3rd, 2019.

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  • rchesser  on  November 24, 2018

    Toll House Scones

  • matag  on  November 24, 2018

    Apricot and sour cream pie

  • Angryyew  on  November 24, 2018

    Toll House Scones

  • stef  on  November 24, 2018

    Peach and sour cream pie. Two ingredients I love

  • riley  on  November 24, 2018

    Lemon cornmeal scones with dried cherries

  • lauriesk  on  November 24, 2018

    Banana cream pie

  • Alleycat  on  November 24, 2018

    That olive rosemary bread. I can smell it now.

  • ndyson  on  November 24, 2018

    Chocolate sour cream pound cake!

  • LizyB  on  November 24, 2018

    Raisin Pumpernickel Bread

  • mcrimmins  on  November 24, 2018

    Cheddar Cheese Bisquits

  • FireRunner2379  on  November 24, 2018

    This cookbook has so many awesome recipes to choose from, I'm gonna go with the Banana Cream Pie!

  • Shelley.b  on  November 24, 2018

    Raisin pumpernickel bread

  • lpatterson412  on  November 24, 2018

    Kernel corn bread!

  • lisa59  on  November 24, 2018

    I would for sure make the Banana Cream Pie!!

  • Laura1  on  November 24, 2018

    toll house scones

  • stepspior  on  November 24, 2018

    Lattice peach pie

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  November 24, 2018

    The lemon macaroon cake.

  • JRumi  on  November 24, 2018

    Toll House scones

  • demomcook  on  November 24, 2018

    Herb focaccia

  • frenchyturner  on  November 25, 2018

    Apricot and Sour Cream Pie!

  • heyjude  on  November 25, 2018

    Cream Cheese Biscuits

  • merkusje  on  November 25, 2018

    Cinnamon raisin bread

  • Puguppy  on  November 25, 2018

    Olive bread

  • vickster  on  November 25, 2018

    Olive and rosemary bread

  • Analyze  on  November 25, 2018

    Great interview! The Swiss chard tart from Nice (Tourtes de blettes à la Niçoise) looks delicious, and I'm very curious about the Spice Dough for Pies and the Hazelnut Tart Dough. Also the Butterscotch Cream Pie. And the cookies section 🙂

  • KarenGlad  on  November 25, 2018

    Which pie to choose…..walnut rum pie!

  • copeybarb5008  on  November 25, 2018

    The Scone, I love them,but to be honest I have never made them but now your recipe, I can follow this one, Thankyou, I love to read cookbooks with it right in my hands, I can't get outside because I can't walk and don't have a wheelchair so having cookbooks to read is my Passion

  • MiMi60  on  November 25, 2018

    Cream cheese biscuits

  • coupcrazy  on  November 25, 2018

    The peach and sour cream pie sounds delicious!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  November 25, 2018

    Leek and mushroom tart

  • Steben  on  November 25, 2018

    sourdough bread

  • jr0717  on  November 25, 2018

    Its cookie season – the chocolate almond spice cookies!

  • mpdeb98  on  November 25, 2018

    Apricot and sour cream pie

  • AnnaZed  on  November 25, 2018

    Yes! What I really need to make are some perfect 'Classic Southern biscuits (page 14)' – so I might start there.

  • eliza  on  November 25, 2018

    The easy Italian focaccia looks good.

  • LaurenE  on  November 25, 2018

    olive rosemary bread

  • thecharlah  on  November 25, 2018

    Lemon blueberry muffins

  • Brancica  on  November 25, 2018

    Savory goods like the focaccia

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  November 25, 2018

    Chocolate raspberry millefeuille

  • joneshayley  on  November 26, 2018

    Olive and rosemary bread

  • uk2nl  on  November 26, 2018

    Cheddar, bacon and scallion cornbread

  • trudys_person  on  November 26, 2018

    I'd try one of the variations of focaccia first …

  • maci234  on  November 26, 2018

    toll house scones

  • southerncooker  on  November 26, 2018

    Toll House Scones or Quick Pastry dough.

  • jmay42066  on  November 26, 2018

    Toll House Scones

  • chrisma232  on  November 26, 2018

    The Chocolate raspberry millefeuille as i love millefeuilles but i've never made one myself.

  • RuthHarwood  on  November 27, 2018

    Toll House Scones

  • debbiehb  on  November 27, 2018

    Toll house scones

  • ravensfan  on  November 27, 2018

    Jalapeño corn bread with jack cheese

  • floridagld  on  November 27, 2018

    Danish pecan braid. Perfect Christmas morning or any time

  • jinni  on  November 28, 2018

    Date and walnut bread

  • Lyla  on  November 28, 2018

    I think I lean to Chocolate Orange bread, or the Toll House Scones…..everything sounds so yummy!

  • anightowl  on  November 29, 2018

    Bacon and scallion skillet corn bread

  • lapsapchung  on  November 29, 2018

    Cheddar, bacon, and scallion corn bread

  • Tirtzah2  on  November 29, 2018

    Danish cheese pockets would be my choice to try.

  • nadiam1000  on  November 29, 2018


  • Uhmandanicole  on  November 29, 2018

    Mary Margaret McBride's potato biscuits

  • divamode  on  November 29, 2018

    Classic Southern biscuits sounds great

  • kmn4  on  November 29, 2018

    Rock scones

  • tennyogirl  on  November 29, 2018

    Seedy bread

  • Dannausc  on  November 29, 2018

    Raisin pecan bread

  • Aproporpoise  on  November 29, 2018

    Definitely the parmesan and paprika palmiers. Yummm

  • AnneOther  on  November 29, 2018

    Herb focaccia would be my first choice!

  • barbarapalermo  on  November 30, 2018

    Cheddar Cheese Bisquits

  • sallansd  on  November 30, 2018

    Kernel corn bread

  • lisambb  on  November 30, 2018

    Toll house scones

  • janv  on  November 30, 2018

    Irish Soda Bread

  • Julia  on  November 30, 2018

    Prune and apricot bread or Cinnamon raisin bread

  • cocecitycook  on  November 30, 2018

    Olive Rosemary Bread. Yum!

  • jluvs2bake  on  December 1, 2018

    apricot pie!

  • TanyaD  on  December 1, 2018

    Irish soda bread

  • barbarapalermo  on  December 1, 2018


  • Lafauvette  on  December 1, 2018

    cheese quiche

  • mrscahughes  on  December 1, 2018

    scones, quiche,Irish soda bread

  • Mariarosa  on  December 1, 2018

    Coconut layer cake

  • dbielick  on  December 2, 2018

    Lemon blueberry or raspberry meringue pie

  • Rachelkg  on  December 3, 2018

    Lemon cornmeal scones

  • stitchan  on  December 5, 2018

    Lemon raspberry muffins

  • purviska  on  December 5, 2018

    the cream cheese biscuits

  • lmatz  on  December 6, 2018

    How can I pick just one? Everything looks amazing!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  December 7, 2018

    I would like to make the Parmesan cheese bread.

  • fionahw  on  December 7, 2018


  • t.t  on  December 8, 2018

    Blueberry crumble muffins

  • iza27  on  December 8, 2018

    Cinnamon stars

  • dusksunset  on  December 8, 2018

    Olive rosemary bread

  • EmilyR  on  December 8, 2018

    Raspberry and pistachio tart

  • eatysmith  on  December 9, 2018


  • artthecat  on  December 11, 2018

    Alsatian onion tart

  • smartie101  on  December 11, 2018

    mincemeat tarts

  • hillsboroks  on  December 13, 2018

    Date and walnut bread

  • jifar  on  December 15, 2018

    Old Fashioned Chicken Pie

  • dtremit  on  December 15, 2018

    The Scottish mince pie would be great for Christmas!

  • amylou61  on  December 15, 2018

    I'd try the Lime Meringue Pie

  • RSW  on  December 17, 2018

    Part whole wheat English muffins

  • Karla123  on  December 19, 2018

    Italian Christmas bread (Panettone)…I want to learn how to make this bread.

  • ejsmith  on  December 21, 2018

    Banana cream pie

  • jezpurr  on  December 21, 2018

    Danish cheese pockets!!!^_^

  • LABeachGal  on  December 21, 2018

    Peach and sour cream pie sounds delicious!

  • camerashy131  on  December 22, 2018

    Danish pecan or hazelnut braid

  • silversand  on  December 22, 2018

    Seedy bread!

  • elsid22  on  December 22, 2018

    Lemon macaroon cake

  • biro  on  December 24, 2018


  • kitchenclimbers  on  December 26, 2018

    olive rosemary bread

  • lauracomp2017  on  December 27, 2018

    It has to be cinnamon raisin bread, that sounds amazing . Thanks for the chance

  • Terrill  on  December 27, 2018

    Blueberry Lattice Pie

  • suzannec68  on  December 28, 2018

    toll house scones

  • Dewnie  on  December 28, 2018

    Cheddar cheese biscuits

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  December 29, 2018

    two ingredients I love together, so I would like to try the jalapeño corn bread with jack cheese found on page 12

  • Sand9  on  December 30, 2018

    The Lemon & blueberry muffins sound lovely x

  • rusthawk  on  December 30, 2018

    I would like to try the recipe for Classic Southern biscuits .

  • chasteph  on  December 30, 2018

    Buttery nut cake

  • KarenDel  on  December 31, 2018

    Mary Margaret McBride's potato biscuits

  • gnisbet17  on  December 31, 2018

    The olive rosemary bread sounds amazing. Would love to have a go at that.

  • Gillian13  on  January 1, 2019

    Chocolate sour cream pound cake

  • HannahLI  on  January 2, 2019

    cheddar cheese biscuits

  • banba1  on  January 2, 2019

    Leek and mushroom tarts

  • bikerbill  on  January 2, 2019

    The Sourdough bread

  • charligx  on  January 2, 2019

    Walnut Rum pie!! Sounds amazing

  • gizmobenny  on  January 2, 2019

    Toll house scones

  • sheridarby  on  January 2, 2019

    Toll House Scones

  • chimpbob  on  January 3, 2019

    Cheddar cheese biscuits

  • ket06e  on  January 3, 2019

    Mary Margaret McBride's Potato Biscuits

  • DimensionAEB  on  January 3, 2019

    Raisin Pumpernickel Bread

  • fionajk42  on  January 3, 2019

    Date and walnut bread

  • gillbill  on  January 3, 2019

    Herb Foccacia

  • liosach  on  January 3, 2019

    olive and rosemary bread

  • Amandaspamanda  on  January 4, 2019

    Jalapeño corn bread with jack cheese – it sounds great as a side for a cookout!

  • JJWong  on  January 5, 2019

    buttermilk corn bread and cocoa quick bread

  • Livia  on  January 6, 2019

    Can't wait to try the Date and walnut bread

  • lgroom  on  January 7, 2019

    Olive rosemary bread

  • Nrshelley  on  January 8, 2019

    Scones – always scones!

  • Nancith  on  January 8, 2019

    Raisin pecan bread would be my pick.

  • Kblg  on  January 11, 2019

    Chocolate banana cream pie!

  • Joyceeong  on  January 12, 2019

    Soft rolls

  • SuzyP  on  January 17, 2019

    I would try the olive oil dough for savory pies

  • edyenicole  on  January 17, 2019

    The olive rosemary bread.

  • Lmocooks  on  January 18, 2019

    cream cheese biscuits

  • Teruska  on  January 18, 2019

    Whole wheat scones and olive rosemary bread

  • antpantsii  on  January 19, 2019

    OMG! the chocolate sour cream pound cake!!

  • ktwalla  on  January 24, 2019

    Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

  • threefourpfeif  on  January 26, 2019

    I'd try the Cocoa quick bread

  • MachelleH  on  January 27, 2019

    Raspberry almond tart

  • Sabrina5000  on  January 27, 2019

    Parmesan cheese bread. Yum

  • starzine  on  January 29, 2019

    Part whole wheat soda bread.

  • Kellyr78  on  January 30, 2019

    I would make the Seedy bread.

  • orchidlady01  on  January 30, 2019

    Chicken and mushroom pie

  • Outrun1986  on  January 31, 2019

    The buttery nut cake for sure, it looks so delicious!

  • eboogie  on  January 31, 2019

    It was just national chocolate cake day so I'd make the chocolate sour cream cake.

  • Tiffanynichole89  on  January 31, 2019

    I would like to make the trail mix energy balls.

  • DeniseCa1  on  January 31, 2019

    Kernel corn bread

  • hamjenny  on  January 31, 2019

    The Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

  • stepspior  on  February 1, 2019

    Buttermilk corn bread

  • happybread  on  February 1, 2019

    Raspberry and pistachio tart – love this combo

  • cheftina888  on  February 2, 2019

    hard to select just one recipe. I love chocolate so I have to make the chocolate orange bread and toll house scones.

  • choppergirl  on  February 2, 2019

    Raisin pecan bread

  • FrenchCreekBaker  on  February 2, 2019

    Peach and sourcream pie

  • roxlet  on  February 3, 2019

    Toll House scones!

  • laffersk  on  February 3, 2019

    Toll House scones

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