Knives of the Round Table

For Ren Faire aficionados, the name King Arthur conjures up brave, jousting knights, but if you’re an avid baker, all you’re thinking about is cakes and cookies: King Arthur Flour is a baking standard. People who mill flour probably know how to work with it too, and The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook proves it. Beyond reliable, well-written recipes (450 of them!) there are answers to nagging baking questions, measurements in both ounces and cups, illustrations, primers, and informational headnotes to each—yes, each—recipe. This cookbook makes me want to buy flour. Which is probably the goal.

The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook, $23.10