Bigger Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere

Bigger Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere

by Gemma Stafford


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From chef and online baking star Gemma Stafford, you can get more than 100 accessible, flavor-packed recipes that anyone can make—anytime, anywhere—in her very first baking cookbook.

Gemma Stafford—chef and host of the top online baking show Bigger Bolder Baking—has worked as a pastry chef at a monastery in Ireland, a Silicon Valley tech startup, and a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco, and now brings her incredible desserts to life every week for millions of viewers via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and her popular website, Gemma hopes to restore baking as an everyday art, and this dessert cookbook is your guide.


  • 100+ sweet and simple dessert recipes for maximum deliciousness with minimal effort
  • Use just a few common ingredients and basic kitchen tools for bold twists on cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, and more
  • Every recipe has gorgeous color photography and step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow with ease


  • An approach unique among baking cookbooks, the chapters are organized by the basic tools you’ll need—such as Wooden Spoon & Bowl, Rolling Pin, or No Oven Needed—so you can choose the recipes that are most convenient for you during any spur-of-the-moment craving


  • Surefire hits include Chocolate Lava Pie, Baked Cinnamon-Sugar Churros, Gemma’s Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies, “In Case of Emergency” One-Minute Mug Brownie, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream, and many more
  • BONUS: A chapter on Bold Baking Basics includes essential techniques, tips, and in-a-pinch substitutions so you can whip up Gemma’s irresistible desserts with confidence

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328546326
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 21,169
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

GEMMA STAFFORD is an Irish-born chef and the host of Bigger Bolder Baking, an online baking show viewed 250 million+ times. She connects with millions of fans at and on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Bigger Bolder Baking: A Fearless Approach to Baking Anytime, Anywhere 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Beth-J 9 months ago
I absolutely love this cookbook! Her recipes never disappoint. One of the best features is that there is a picture of every single recipe in the book. Another amazing thing about this book is its variety of desserts-there is something for every occasion, skill level, and taste. I can not say enough good things about Gemma!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love this cookbook! Gemma has been one of my favorite Mentors. She is so real. She has been the only teacher, so far, who has given me confidence baking with "yeast." I actually made "Bread" for the first time because Gemma explains things in a way that works no matter your skill level. I adore her methods and her recipes. This is an awesome cookbook. I ordered one for me and one for my niece who is just starting out. Thank you Gemma for your gifted talent and sharing your knowledge anytime we've asked. I'm looking forward to your next one.
Lori_from_Utah 8 months ago
This is a beautiful book! Even if you never make a recipe, which I'm sure you will (of course, it is a cookbook), the book is worth having just to look at. The photography is gorgeous. I tried a couple of recipes over the weekend. Both were delicious. Thanks, Gemma!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This cookbook is amazing!! I have been following Gemma on her fb videos for quite a while and was so excited to hear that she had a book coming out! I pre-ordered it immediately and was so happy when I got the call that it was in. I already made one delicious dessert (which was gone in one day) and am planning to make a lot more!! Gemma's instructions are so easy to follow and there is a picture of every dessert!! I also love how it is broken down into different chapters, Pots and Pans, Mixer, No Oven Needed, etc. Everyone, not matter what your skill level is, needs to have this book!!
Raina-W 8 months ago
I've been baking for as long as I can remember, and I have more cookbooks than I have room for, but when I saw that Gemma was coming out with a cookbook, I had to have it. I discovered her videos a few months ago, and I love the way she gives lots of tips and simplifies things rather than making them overly complicated. The book is beautiful, with full page photos of every recipe and the story behind each one. There are recipes for everyone, from children to seasoned bakers. There are many tips on choosing and substituting ingredients and even recipes to make your own extracts, sweetened condensed milk, cake flour, and brown sugar. I know that this book will soon be thoroughly stained with chocolate, butter, and flour as I will be using it a lot!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Gemma is an amazing pastry chef and this book is wonderful! She has recipes I have never seen before and her own twist on classics like chocolate chip cookies, churros, sugar cookies, and more! I really enjoyed the the book has a photo for each recipe and simple ingredients. I have tried the gingersnaps and oatmeal raisin cookies and they were delicious. The recipe is on point when it comes to measurements.The only con for me was that the book is printed in China, but that is more of a con with the publisher and not the author.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The best, the VERY BEST cookbook to come out in years. Easy to follow instructions. Beautiful illustrations. Homemade jelly doughnuts, EASY puff pastry, desserts in a mug in moments (great for cooking for one-that's me). Recipes you search for but never seem able to find-all in one place with common ingredients. The first cookbook I have actually purchased in years and I want the next one already. It is a must have for anybody who cooks-beginner or experienced. Can't seem to say enough good things. Fantastic!
DebbieViveiros 8 months ago
Love this cookbook! I collect cookbooks and of all the books I’ve gotten and read through this one is truly the best! The layout, the photography, and the best’s formatted in a way that even someone who has never baked before can understand and bake with confidence! I highly recommend this book for yourself or a gift. It would serve as a great gift for anyone for any reason! A wedding shower, birthday, Christmas, it would serve a college student perfectly with the easy recipes that could be accomplished in a dorm room! This book is truly for everyone and it will be my new kitchen bible!
Kitkat-7 8 months ago
Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook by Gemma Stafford Incredible !!! This cookbook is no ordinary cookbook it is wonderful for cooks of all ages this is the kind of cookbook I consider a staple of all cookbooks because it is so complete how and what you can substitute for this or that. Example I ran out of brown sugar Gemma provides DIY brown sugar recipe using what I had in my kitchen saved me from having to go to the store. Her Caramel recipe is Incredible !!!. She also shares a couple of her microwave mug recipes oh yum why buy it at the store when you have the ingredients right in your cupboard. I don't bake a lot but I wouldn't want to be without this cookbook. Also, these recipes Gemma tested. I went on to typed in Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook when you listen you hear her heart and begin to understand just what went into the making of this cookbook you begin realize how special Gemma is and how special this cookbook is. It would make a wonderful Wedding gift for a Bride to be and Christmas gifts and great for Birthday gifts you have to buy more than one because once you sit down and look through it you won't want to give it up. Each recipe has a colorful picture. Thank you Gemma this Cookbook is beautifully done!!! Looking forward to your next cookbook !!! Thank you Peppermint Passion
NWAnnie 8 months ago
Gemma's new cookbook is excellent, her personalized recipes are easy to follow with basic baking instructions that are not easily found (DIY extracts, brown sugar, buttermilk, sweetened condensed milk and more). I love the beautiful pictures and simple instructions that a novice can to begin enjoying home cooking without stress! Gemma's website ( supports her exceptionally organized book with videos showing how easy baking can be.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I received my Bigger Bolder Baker a week ago. I am a great fan of Gemma's and love all her recipes. I am an avid baker and cook and I have already made many of Gemma's recipes and my family loves them all. This book is well written and easy to understand even if you don't bake. I will be using these recipes for years to come. I hope to be ordering more of Gemma's books in the future. Lynn
Elizabeth Seay 8 months ago
I have been following the Bigger Bolder Baking journey from the beginning. I have made many (10+) of Gemma's recipes, and many have been the best of their kind. I was so thrilled to receive my books (2, one for me and one to give to mom!) and they are absolutely gorgeous. The photography is stunning and the comments on each recipe add delightful details of Gemma's life and career. I hope you will buy this book! Whether it's your first encounter with BBB or one of many, it'll be a fun, rewarding and delicious ride! Sincerely, Lizzy