The Best Quick Breads

150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More

By Beth Hensperger
(Harvard Common Press, Paperback, 9781558321717, 400pp.)

Publication Date: April 10, 2012

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150 Recipes for muffins, scones, shortcakes, gingerbreads, cornbreads, coffeecakes, and more.

About the Author

Beth Hensperger, a New Jersey native who has lived in California since her teens, has been educating, writing, and demo-lecturing about the art of baking for over 30 years. In the last few years, she has shifted focus to countertop appliance-driven cookbooks that embrace adapting traditional and professional recipes for the home cook: the bread machine, the rice cooker, the microwave, and a four-volume compilation specifically for use with the electric slow cooker, stressing personal creativity in preparation and selection of ingredients. Hensperger is the author of over 22 cookbooks, including the best-selling Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook series, which includes NYMSC Recipes for Entertaining, NYMSC Family Favorites, and NYMSC Recipes for Two, along with the blockbuster first volume, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. Her other books include highly-acclaimed titles such as The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, NYM Microwave Cookbook, and NYM Weeknight Cooking. She is also the author of The Bread Bible (Chronicle Books), winner of a James Beard Award in 2000. She has twice been nominated for the Julia Child/IACP Cookbook Award. Hensperger wrote a San José Mercury News food column for twelve years, “Baking with the Seasons.” She is a contributor to dozens of national and online cooking & lifestyle magazines, such as Food & Wine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Veggie Life, Cooking Light, Working Woman, Victoria, Prevention, and Family Circle, and is a sought after newspaper and radio interviewee speaking on slow cooking, bread baking, and entertaining. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Visit her website at and blog at

Praise For The Best Quick Breads

"Beth Hensperger brings us a collection of delightfully simple quick breads. Here are scores of recipes, both sweet and savory, that are easy enough to make on a weekday and delicious enough to serve at any meal, from a casual family breakfast to a have-friends-in Sunday supper. This is the kind of book that earns a permanent place on the kitchen bookshelf." - Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia and Waffles

"Just when you thought it had all been said and done, Beth Hensperger comes along with a collection of quick breads that looks utterly enticing, fresh, new, yet happily familiar." --Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and The Savory Way

"Not only is Beth's book packed with delectable recipes, but it provides useful information on timing, techniques, and baking pans. With this book you will never run out of ideas for delicious goodies." --Amy Scherber, author of Amy's Breads and owner of Amy's Breads, New York City

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