Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes by Joy Wilson. You know a cookbook is good when you check it out so many times back to back that you feel annoyed when the library wants it returned. This is my #1 sign that it’s time to bite the bullet and buy a cookbook. I really like the recipes on Joy Wilson’s blog, but it’s nice to have the instructions on the shelf instead of constantly pulling up the internet. Her brown butter peach muffins are in heavy rotation at our house.
Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter by Kate Lebo. This was the book that got me through my early attempts at pie. The main thing I like is that her ratios always work! Not too runny, with healthy doses of booze and reasonable amounts of sugar. I still use her all-butter crust as my mainstay.