Byrd’s Books Celebrates our 6th birthday with The Fearless Baker!

Please join us for an afternoon of birthday fun on Sunday December 10th at 1:00pm. as we celebrate Byrd’s Books 6th birthday! Author Erin McDowell (Fearless Baker, Food52 food column) will join us to discuss her book, The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro.

If you choose to bake for the event from the book, you will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Byrd’s Books when you bring your goodie to the event. The author will get the chance to sample your efforts, as will the rest of the group! Boxes will be available for taking home the fruits of your baking efforts. It’s the holidays!! Books will be available October 24th for sale in the store, and through the link below. Boxes can be purchased for a $10 fee, which will be directly donated to DAWS, our local no-kill shelter.

The event is free, but registration is strongly suggested. We reserve the right to limit attendance due to space. Save a spot and register HERE.

About the book:

When people see Erin McDowell frost a perfect layer cake, weave a lattice pie crust, or pull a rich loaf of brioche from the oven, they often act as though she’s performed culinary magic. “I’m not a baker,” they tell her. But in fact, expert baking is not at all unattainable, nor is it as inflexible as most people assume. The key to freedom is to understand the principles behind how ingredients interact and how classic methods work. Once these concepts are mastered, favorite recipes can be altered and personalized almost endlessly.

With the assurance born out of years of experience, McDowell shares insider tips and techniques that make desserts taste as good as they look. With recipes from flourless cocoa cookies and strawberry-filled popovers (easy), through apple cider pie and black-bottom creme brulee (medium), to a statuesque layer cake crowned with caramelized popcorn (difficult), and “Why It Works,” “Pro Tip,” and make-ahead sidebars with each recipe, this exciting, carefully curated collection will appeal to beginning and experienced bakers alike.

About the author: 

Erin Jeanne McDowell writes a biweekly baking column for Food52, where she is a Baking Consultant at Large. She is the recipe editor for PureWow and a food stylist for Sift. She has styled desserts for more than sixty cookbooks and dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as for billboard and TV ads. She lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking

80 Low-Carb Recipes That Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss

By Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace, with photography by Leo Gong

The first gluten-free baking book from legendary bread maker and James Beard Award-winning author Peter Reinhart, with 80 world-class recipes suitable for wheat sensitive, diabetic, and low-carb/low-sugar dieters.

Amazing, easy-to-make recipes that revolutionize baking for wheat sensitive, diabetic, and low-carb/low-sugar cooks.

After more than two decades of research into gluten-free baking, bestselling author and legendary bread maker Peter Reinhart and his baking partner Denene Wallace deliver more than eighty world-class recipes for delicious breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, and more in The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking.

Carefully crafted for anyone who is gluten sensitive, diabetic, or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight, these forgiving recipes taste just as good as the original wheat versions–and are easier to bake than traditional breads. By using readily available or home-ground nut and seed flours and alternative and natural sweeteners as the foundation for their groundbreaking style of baking, Reinhart and Wallace avoid the carb-heavy starch products commonly found in gluten-free baking. Additionally, each recipe can easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

Bakers of all skill levels will have no trouble creating incredibly flavorful baked goods, such as:

  • Toasting Bread, Banana Bread, Nutty Zucchini Bread, and many styles of pizza and focaccia
  • Cheddar Cheese and Pecan Crackers, Herb Crackers, Garlic Breadsticks, and pretzels
  • Blueberry-Hazelnut Muffins, Lemon and Poppy Seed Scones, and pancakes and waffles
  • Coconut-Pecan Cookies, Lemon Drop Cookies, Biscotti, and Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  • Brownies and Blondies, Cinnamon-Raisin Coffee Cake, Pound Cake with Crumb Topping, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Apple Crumble Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Berry Pie, and Vanilla, Chocolate, or Banana Cream Pie

With Reinhart and Wallace’s careful attention to ingredients and balancing of flavors, these delicious gluten-free baked goods with a glycemic load of nearly zero will satisfy anyone’s craving for warm bread or decadent cake.

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