Become a more confident baker with Colette Christian's essential techniques! First, learn the essentials of baking, including the ingredients and tools a baker should always have on hand. Then, discover the secrets to the perfect chocolate chip cookie as you weigh your ingredients, cream butter and sugar and more. Next, find out what dairy actually contributes to your baked goods as you make whipped cream, learn how to cut in butter like a pro and make hearty banana bread everyone will love. Colette walks you through baking with sugar and liquid sweeteners, and shows you a creaming technique that will change the way you bake. Plus, give your baked goods a boost with nuts, salt and spices before learning how to separate, beat and fold in eggs for seriously satisfying sponge cake. Last but not least, Colette shows you how to work with chocolate for your best brownies ever.