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On the third day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks I give you Savory Baking by Mary Cech.

Published this past summer, I bought this lovely book several months ago during one of my almost-weekly trips to my most favourite bookstore in the world.

I’d never heard of author Mary Cech before, but I must say she deserves kudos of all sorts for putting together a beautiful testament to the joys of savory baking. It’s a delicious reminder that baking isn’t all about sugar and chocolate.

The book covers, among other things, savory breads, pastries, puddings, cheesecakes and cookies. Very well-written and beautifully photographed, it’s the perfect gift for the savory baking fan in your life.

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I tried one recipe from the book, which was savory profiteroles part of a recipe for profiteroles served with a caprese salad filling. I didn’t make the caprese filling but rather used the profiteroles to make Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma sandwiches with arugula (not pictured). I made them for an event that I catered and they were a huge hit.

I could go on and on but there’s not much more that I can say other than to give this book my very highest recommendation. It would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Ciao!