Michelle Lopez is the über creative baking force behind the food blog Hummingbird High (inspired by the high altitude baking she did after moving to Colorado) and debut author of Weeknight Baking: Recipes To Fit Your Schedule (Simon & Schuster, $35). A self-proclaimed food science fan, world traveler, and photographer, Lopez worked a tech job for many years before realizing that baking was her true calling. She has channeled her well-practiced pastry skills into a joyful recipe book that will have people whipping up apple pie on a Wednesday night! Her straightforward instructions clearly outline active prep, baking, and decorating times as well as suggesting alternatives for ingredients you may not have on hand. Beautifully curated photographs of classic yellow cake with creamy chocolate frosting and chunky black-and-white shortbread inspired by Oreo cookies will have your Great British Baking Show fantasies feeling within reach.
Weeknight Baking by Michelle Lopez