Please recommend the following books to your sister. They can probably be purchased (used) at http://www.half.com
for a reasonable price.The Cake Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
RLB's instructions can be verbose but this is helpful to a new baker. After a few times preparing some of the recipes, you learn to "skim" the directions and it doesn't take near as long ;). Tell your sister to try the Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte (but make sure she's sitting next to someone she reeeeeally likes because orgies have been known to spontaneously erupt near this cake).The Pie & Pastry Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
This was a book that came out after TCB and it's just as informative about pies and pastry. My fave pie crust recipe is from this book - it's a Cheddar Cheese crust I use for any apple dessert - pie, slump, dumplings. Daughter likes "pie crust cookies" made from this dough and topped with turbinado sugar. Made them once at T-Giving because I had excess dough, now we can't have a T-Giving without them.Baking With Julia
This book is incredible if your sister never makes anything but the Nancy Silverton Brioche dough (and all the goodies that can come from that). But I'm sure she won't stop there!Professional Pastry Chef
by Bo Friberg
This has large scale recipes (DH uses it at work) and lots of good information. (Only if she can get it cheap - it weighs a ton and is a professional book.)How To Bake
by Nick Malgeri
I have a particular fondness for this book because Nick Malgeri is the Dean of Pastry at the school I attended, Peter Kump (now called something else). I make hundreds of the gingerbread cookies and bring them to work at Christmas time. (I do it over a weekend - Saturday to bake - Sunday to decorate.) The trick with the gingerbreads is not to roll them too thin in an attempt to get the most cookies out of the dough. When they're left "thickish" they're chewy and rich.Bread Alone
by Daniel Leader
This is a "love letter" to artisinal bread baking. The breads are INCREDIBLE, if not simple to make. A nice weekend project. You get great bread and the house smells like love.Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads
Made LOTS of these recipes. My fave is Royal Hibernian Brown Loaf (it's a dark Irish soda bread).
Tell your sister happy baking!