13 of the best cookbooks from Britain’s top Bake Off competitors


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Since 2010, The great British pastry fair (The Great British Bake Off to the rest of the world) has adorned our television and computer screens with visions of soft bread, puff pastry crust and small pastry. Ever since it was first available on Netflix, I’ve watched the comfortable competition show as a highly anticipated sports match. Take the butter, fool! I’ll be screaming at my TV, even though I’ve seen every episode like 10 times. Although I’m not really a baker, I love a good cookbook or cookbook. We could all use a little advice with ambitious kitchen projects. Watch me show up to Thanksgiving dinner with an opera cake and five different types of biscuits. Now if only Netflix brought back the early seasons of the show so I could rewatch my favorite comfort show on an eternal loop.

In 2018, we collected 74 of the judges’ and contestants’ cookbooks from The great British pastry fair. Four years later, we’re back with even more baking and cookbooks from the tent. Whether your baking style is more rustic or more decorative, our bakers have something for you! Learn the science of baking with engineering researcher Rahul Mandal, create spooky cakes with Helena Garcia, and perfect your gluten-free baking with Peter Sawkins!

Cooking with Kim-Joy by Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy captured the hearts of season nine viewers with her whimsical, often animal-themed baked goods and creative use of flavors. In her first baking book, Kim-Joy walks readers through recreating some of her magical bakes, as well as basic recipes for cakes, cookie doughs, and tray bakes. Step-by-step instructions and color photographs make complex recipes less daunting. Since Cooking with Kim-Joy has been published, Christmas with Kim-Joy and Celebrate with Kim-Joy have been launched for even more delicious pastries.

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Sizzle and Drizzle by Nancy Birtwhistle

After years of sharing cleaning and cooking tips with her Instagram followers, season five winner Nancy has compiled her top tips in this book. With 100 recipes for sweets, savory dishes and special diets, this book is an excellent basic cookbook/household guide. QR codes throughout the book lead you to videos on green living and modifications. Sit down, it’s time to chat comfortably with Nancy!

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Mind blowing cakes from Rahul Mandal

Want to impress your family and friends with a big and beautiful cake? You’ll need this complete guide to all of season nine winner Rahul Mandal’s cake. Between decorating tips and ideas, Rahul gives in-depth explanations of why your batter might curdle, how to fix mistakes, and how to stack a tiered cake perfectly. Accompanied by beautiful photos, this book will inspire you to cook ambitiously!

Bake yourself a happy blanket

Indulge Yourself by Steph Blackwell

Since appearing in Season 10, Steph Blackwell has been a mental health advocate on her social media platforms. Treat yourself is full of cheerful, simple recipes and the psychology of baking. Steph shares her journey with baking and how baking can help with stress, self-confidence and more! Steph’s previous book, The pleasure of cooking is a thoughtful and heartwarming look at baking with 20 recipes to share.

Book cover of The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi

The new way to make cake by Benjamina Ebuehi

No more bland cakes! Inspired by her Nigerian heritage and life in London, round seven quarter-finalist Benjamina has written a book of delicious, savory cakes you can try at home. Benjamina’s recipes are infused with flavors of fresh herbs, colorful spices and decadent fruits. Beginners and experienced bakers alike will love Benjamina’s artful, minimalist approach to cake decorating.

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Peter Bakes by Peter Sawkins

For the gluten-free baker, first watch Peter, GBBS’ youngest winner! Peter’s book is full of recipes for parties, everyday baking and the basics of British baking, all with gluten-free modifications. Try an apple galette, and if you’re feeling brave, try the Christmas croquemboche for your next holiday gathering.

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Nadiya’s Daily Cooking by Nadiya Hussein

As one of the show’s most prolific contestants, Nadiya won’t fool you with her latest cookbook. With simple new recipes for busy weeknight dinners, celebrations and when you need a colorful veggie, this book will soon be a favorite! Enjoy Nadiya’s signature cooking style and warm voice in her many cookbooks, children’s books, Netflix shows and first novel, The secret life of the Amir sisters.

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The Wicked Baker by Helena Garcia

Halloween never ends with the resident baker witch, Helena. Garcia charmed the Season 10 judges with her ghostly pastries. Create your own macabre cakes, pastries and breads now with Helena’s images and step-by-step instructions. Garcia also wrote a craft book, The Witchcraft Manual.

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Good to Eat by David Atherton

Switch things up with Season 10 winner David Atherton. The former health advisor put his health knowledge and baking skills together to create this creative and healthy cookbook. This book covers delicious lunch and dinner recipes, as well as cooking basics and delicious treats. David is also the author of a series of children’s cookbooks.

The baker's seasonal blanket

The Seasonal Baker by Michelle Evans-Fecci

Learn to cook with your garden with Michelle from Season 10. From vegetables to herbs and flowers, Michelle’s recipes are full of seasonal inspiration, with thrifty and sustainable ideas for gardening. Traditional Welsh recipes and family favorites fill the pages, so what will you do first?

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Liam Charles second portion by Liam Charles

In his second cookbook, judge Junior Bakeoff and season eight contestant, Liam offers a plethora of tasty recipes for every occasion. Enjoy Liam’s lasagna for dessert with a side of chicken katsu fritters. Liam’s Weird But It Works recipes will have you cooking up your own crazy combos.

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Imperfect Cooking by Lottie Bedlow

Do you find cooking disconcerting, but do you like it anyway? This Season 11 Lottie book is for you. The Viking enthusiast with a cheerful sense of humor is ready to share her recipes for mouth-watering cakes and puddings. Filled with encouraging tips, this book is sure to help boost your confidence in the kitchen.

Cover of Giuseppe's Italian Pastries

Giuseppe’s Italian pastries by Giuseppe Dell’Anno

With the help of Season 12 winner Giuseppe Dell’Anno, you can finally master Italian baking at home. From pizza to pannacotta, Giuseppe covers the basics of favorite Italian dishes with clever tips and a bit of history too! Full-color photos and easy-to-follow instructions mean you’ll be whipping up a storm in no time!

Publication scheduled for December 13, 2022

As we eagerly await the winner of Season 13, it’s time to hone your baking skills. It’s time to go grocery shopping! I’ll preheat the oven if you bring me an extra bag of chocolate chips.

Need more baking books for your kitchen library? Check out our baking archives. On your marks, get set, BAKE!


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