Hi, I'm Leslie! Welcome to The Baker's Almanac.
Here on the blog, I share unique dessert recipes and baking tips to help you bake with confidence.
While I started out as a hobby baker, I grew my skills by attending pastry school and eventually working at a high-end restaurant in New York City. But above all else, nothing makes me happier than teaching and inspiring others to bake. ♡
Get to Know Me Quickly
Location: Atlanta, Georgia. I live with my husband, our daughter, and our two rambunctious Abyssinian cats.
Education: A Bachelor's degree in History from New York University & a Grand Diploma in Professional Pastry Arts from The International Culinary Center.
What's your all-time favorite dessert? Such a hard decision to make, but I'd have to go with a freshly-baked chocolate croissant!
What kind of content can I find here? Here at The Baker's Almanac, I'm passionate about empowering you to become a better baker. You will find:
How long have you been baking? I've loved baking my whole life. When I was younger, I remember helping my grandmother make her famous sugar cookies, and I would devour as many as I could in one go. I would always jump at the chance to bake cupcakes for my classmates or whip up a loaf of banana bread with my sister-in-law. And now, baking is one of my favorite ways to unwind and spend time with family.
Hobbies (outside of baking, of course): Binge-watching British TV shows, running, traveling to new places, playing tennis with my husband, cuddling with my cats, and reading.
More About Me
While I've loved baking my entire life, I didn't really get serious about it until I graduated college. I found myself spending all my weekends baking elaborate cakes from scratch and meticulously decorating sugar cookies, and I realized just how much I loved it.
After thinking about it for a long time, I took a leap of faith in 2018 and enrolled in pastry school at The International Culinary Center. For nine months, I worked my 9-5 job during the day and went to school at night, learning how to make everything from pâte à choux to macarons. And I loved every single minute of it.
Diploma in hand, I got a job as a pastry cook at a high-end restaurant called The Dutch in New York City. I learned how to make seven trays of biscuits at one time and handle 400 covers during a busy brunch service. I also had the incredible opportunity to learn baking tips and recipe development from some of the most incredible chefs in the industry.
After hanging up my chef's whites, I started sharing my passion and love for baking here on The Baker's Almanac in 2019. I want to pass along all the knowledge that I've learned over the years and show that making macarons and éclairs isn't as hard as you would think. Now, I work on The Baker's Almanac full-time, and I get so much satisfaction developing recipes and seeing so many people recreate them all around the world.
So, I hope you'll stick around — let's bake something delicious together.
Let's Stay Connected
Last but not least, if you try out any of the recipes here on The Baker's Almanac, I would absolutely love to see your creations! Feel free to tag @thebakersalmanac in your Instagram photos and stories, and you can also use the hashtag #thebakersalmanac. I will be sure to share all of your photos so that others can get inspired as well.
Leslie's Favorite Recipes
Not sure which recipe to try out first? These are a few of my favorites: