Bethel's Byrd's Books celebrates 6th birthday with The Fearless Baker, Erin McDowell

When people see Erin McDowell frost a perfect layer cake, weave a lattice pie crust, or pull a rich loaf of brioche from the oven, they often act as though she’s performed culinary magic. “I’m not a baker,” they tell her. But what's to fear? On Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m., the author of "The Fearless Baker: Simple Secrets for Baking Like a Pro" will share her insider tips, techniques, and carefully curated collection of recipes at a special 6th birthday bash for Byrd's Books. There's sure to be a 6-candle cake, and you can bring along your own baked sweets to sample with the author and guests.

McDowell writes a biweekly baking column for Food52, where she is a Baking Consultant at Large. She is the recipe editor for PureWow and a food stylist for Sift. She has styled desserts for more than 60 cookbooks and dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, as well as for billboard and TV ads. She lives in North Bergen, New Jersey. For more on McDowell, visit

If you choose to bake for the event from the book, which is currently available at Byrd's Books, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to Byrd’s Books when you bring your goodies to the event. Boxes will be available for taking home the fruits of everyone's baking efforts, a delightful addition to your holiday tables. Boxes can be purchased for $10, which will be directly donated to DAWS, Bethel's local no-kill shelter.

The event is free, but registration is strongly suggested, due to limited space. To register, visit

Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Ave in Bethel. Visit them online here.