I just received a gift from a fellow cooking enthusiast! The Bouchon Bakery arrived at my place this week. It's well thought out, artistically photographed and clearly written. If you're looking for a welcoming dessert pastry book, this is it.
As I write this, I have the Olive Oil Cake (p. 110) baking in the oven. Buy this book - seriously, even if it's just for the photos, even if you just want extra insight into pastry technique - even if you're an expert baker. This book is inspiring.