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If you are intimidated by the thought of rolling your own pie dough or baking a cake from scratch, you probably run to your local bakery or grocery-store freezer for dessert rather than make your own. Baking – even for proficient home cooks – can be scary but there is a delicious satisfaction in presenting family and friends with fresh-out-of-the-oven desserts and breakfast breads that you have made yourself.

In THE FEARLESS BAKER, renowned pastry chef Emily Luchetti offers 175 delectable and easy-to-follow recipes along with straightforward, lasting advice specifically geared toward beginners. Luchetti and co-author Lisa Weiss arranged kitchen sessions with a group of novice bakers, ordinary folks who enjoy cooking but have always felt nervous about the precise measuring, rolling, folding and mixing that many baking projects require.