Abby Dodge

Abby Dodge
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Abby has a simple mission: To streamline baking and cooking for home cooks of all ages by developing and teaching stress-free strategies and simple techniques. She never takes shortcuts that threaten the integrity of the recipe but always takes shortcuts when they make sense.  

Abby Dodge
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Abigail Johnson Dodge is a cookbook author, magazine editor, food writer, media personality and cooking teacher. She focuses on baking and at-home, family cooking, and according to Publisher’s Weekly “….despite her serious experience, her approach is relaxed and realistic.”

Abby is the author of six cookbooks: Around the World Cookbook, The Weekend Baker, Kids Baking, Williams-Sonoma Dessert, The Kid’s Cookbook, and Great Fruit Desserts.


She has contributed to four additional books: The Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary edition; Savoring America; Cookies for Christmas; and The All New Joy of Cooking. Abby's seventh cookbook, Desserts 4 Today, will be on bookshelves in September 2010


Abby is currently a contributing editor at Fine Cooking, where she has been on the masthead since 1994. She founded the magazine’s test kitchen and has written and contributed to more than 70 articles to date. She serves as the magazine’s guru for all things baking and her practical advice, recipes, and tips continue to be picked up by myriad consumer magazines, websites and television and radio programs.


She has held editorial posts at Parents and Woman’s Day magazines, and has contributed to more than two dozen special-interest publications focusing on baking and family cooking.


In addition to appearing regularly on television and radio, Abby teaches at cooking schools around the country, is an active member of International Association of Culinary Professionals and the American Institute of Wine and Food, and serves on the National Cutco Culinary Advisory Board.


Abby began cooking and baking as a young girl at home in New York and Connecticut and then went on to study at La Varenne in Paris. She later worked under superstars Michel Guerard and Guy Savoy, specializing in pastry.


She lives in the Connecticut town she grew up in with her husband Chris and their two children, Alex and Tierney. Her website is


Latest Recipes

Rustic Dried Fruit Tart

When was the last time you used dried fruit in a recipe? If you've only ever snacked on dried apples, berries, and other fruits, then get ready to try something different when you make this recipe for Rustic Dried Fruit Tart! This free-form tart is easy to make and can be adjusted to fit your personal preferences. You'll love that this dessert recipe only needs four ingredients, many of which you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator. The next time company drops by unexpectedly, don't panic. Instead, whip up this delicious tart! Switch-in suggestions as well as tips on how to make the crowning touch for this tart are included below the recipe.

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