Netflix’s ‘Nailed It’: Watched it? Read these!

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

Season four of Netflix’s Nailed It!, the show that’s all about baking fails, was just released, and it is as hilarious as ever. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, try your hand at cake decorating, or just want to have some fun, here are some baking cookbooks! As Nicole Byer says, “What a treat. What a dream.” 

You can find all of the title suggestions below available in your digital library through Media on Demand and Libby and/or Hoopla.

Netflix’s Nailed It! read-alikes


Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates

Why you should try it: This isn’t a cookbook, but it is filled with humorous baking fails, from misread and transcribed instructions to plain disasters. Enjoy!

Description: Presents pictures of and commentary on cakes with mistakes, organized into such categories as literary lols, beyond bizarre, and wedding wrecks.

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)

Baking with Mary Berry by Mary Berry

Why you should try it: Great British Bake-Off, anyone?

Description: Collects more than one hundred recipes for cakes, cupcakes, pies, tarts, crumbles, brownies, cookies, and special occasion desserts.

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook)

Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky

Why you should try it: Everyone deserves to enjoy sweet treats, especially now.

Description: If you’ve ever had a sweet tooth denied, a craving unfulfilled, or an appetite left unmet, this cookbook is for you. Longtime vegan author Hannah Kaminsky has compiled an impressive array of creamy, luscious treats that will leave guests wondering, are you sure this is vegan? And to prove these creations will surprise all taste buds, every recipe has been taste-tested and approved by both vegans and non-vegans alike!

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)

Bake It Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado

Why you should try it: It could be fun to have a surprise design inside your cake!

Description: Showcases cakes that are beautiful from the inside out. Each chapter is devoted to a technique of making different types of cake, beginning with the easiest recipe and moving to more technically difficult as the chapters progress. When the cakes are cut, they will reveal intricate layers of patterns and designs—such as hearts, checkerboards, helixes, and colorful stripes—that will bring a smile to everyone who enjoys them.

Stream download with: Hoopla (ebook)

The Boozy Baker by Lucy Baker

Why you should try it: Cocktails are lovely, and dessert is amazing. With these recipes, you can have both!

Description: Presents a collection of dessert recipes, all of which contain an alcoholic beverage as an additional ingredient, and includes such categories as cakes, pies, tarts, cupcakes, and cookies, with special recipes for cocktails to accompany the desserts. 

Stream & download with: Media on Demand & Libby (ebook)

Everyday Bakes to Showstopper Cakes by Mich Turner

Why you should try it: You’re already a good baker, but you want to take your cakes to the next level.

Description: Celebrity baker Mich Turner brings together a collection of recipes to take you all the way from the delicious everyday through to the spectacular. Starting out with simple cakes, biscuits, and cupcakes, once you have mastered this first level, Mich provides you with a few extra steps to turn these into fabulous creations. 

Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)

Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph

About Dontaná

Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.  

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