David Lebovitz is our go-to man for foolproof pastry advice and recipes, so, naturally, his recently rereleased compendium of his favorite recipes, Ready For Dessert: My Best Recipes
($35), is our must-have pick for the baker in your life.
($35) by Cook's Illustrated Magazine Editors
The Art and Soul of Baking
($40) by Sur la Table and Cindy Mushet