Whether you call it isolation baking, homebound baking, or comfort cooking, these days people from all walks of life are heading to the kitchen to relieve stress and learn a new skill. Turning flour, butter, and sugar into tasty treats from cake to bread to croissants is a much-needed distraction from the anxiety-inducing news cycle. Besides, couldn’t we all use a cookie right now? If you can’t leave your house to pick up a dozen of your favorite pastries, might as well make them yourself.
Books from some of the best bakeries in the United States are as good a place as any to start if you’re ready to pick up that whisk and dive into your own baking journey. There’s inspiration for everyone out there — especially if you’re feeling the effects of cabin fever. These 11 cookbooks will take you on a pastry-fueled road trip without ever leaving your kitchen.