Along with the talented people at SkyHorse Publishing in New York, I’m excited to have published three cookbooks. My books can be found at bookstores as well as online at:

Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts

Released June 2014

Beach House Baking_FINAL


Barnes and Noble

Indie Bound



Beach House Brunch: 100 Delicious Ways to Start Your Long Summer Days

Released June 2016

Beach House Brunch 9781510702899


Barnes and Noble

Indie Bound

(correction: On page 67 please note that it should say 2T ice water not 1 cup ice water.)

Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made From Your Local Farmers’ Market

Released May 2017



Tractor Supply Retail Stores

Barnes and Noble



How the books began….

Everywhere around the world, there are beautiful beaches that beckon us to come and experience all the amazing treasures they have to offer. Lei Shishak is blessed to live and work  in Southern California, a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. She can see the water from her  loft’s second floor windows and the view is nothing short of inspiring. It was here that the idea for her first cookbook Beach House Baking was born just these few steps from the waves.

Lei wanted to offer her simple yet creative recipes for wonderful baked goods to anyone  yearning to get away to the beach. Beach Town Baking was conceived as a way to provide every  baker an opportunity to escape to a beautiful place by the beach just by opening her blog and her latest book Beach House Baking.

Inspired by her beach town location and her love of that lifestyle, Chef Lei creates high quality,  made-from-scratch desserts that transport you to islands and beaches you’ve always hoped  to visit. Get ready to hit the beach through recipes in Beach House Baking like Cocoa Island, Red Velvet Riviera, Piña  Colada Highway, Windswept Cherry Pie and the Malibu Shimmer ice cream sandwich.

Her recipes are designed to take you to any number of wonderful places, turning the task of baking  into a virtual journey to a beachside paradise, filled with the sounds and aromas of a place  where you can just get away from it all. Take Bali for example, the inspiration for her Modern  Snickerdoodle recipe. The double dose of Indonesian cinnamon in this cookie releases an intoxicating aroma that rivals the experience of an authentic Bali beachside cinnamon scrub. No  passport required; just some baking tools, a vivid imagination and a fun attitude.

In Beach House Brunch, Lei shares more than one hundred recipes for brunch dishes that she creates and serves to her beach-house guests—everything from beverages, sweet pastries, and egg dishes to grab-n-go breakfast options for avid surfers. Recipes include:

Roasted Beet Bloody Marys
Jumbo Morning Glory Muffins
Blueberry Zucchini Bread
Shrimp n’ Grits
Boiled, Deviled, and Perfectly Poached Eggs
Cranberry Walnut French Toast
Bananas Foster Pancakes
Salted Cashew Scotchies
And more!

Few cookbooks, if any, can transport the home cook to such a wonderful place the way Beach House Brunch can. This book is an absolute must-have for summer enthusiasts, beach lovers, beachgoers, beach dreamers, and beach-house owners everywhere.


In Farm to Table Desserts, Lei was inspired by her new-found love of gardening to create recipes using fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. There are 80 delicious, easy to make recipes in this book full of stunning color photographs that clearly show each dessert. This is the first farm to table cookbook solely focused on desserts.



  1. Reply
    Dee Klossner November 6, 2013

    Hi Lei;
    I so enjoy your baked goods on a regular basis.
    Do you make wedding cakes??

    • Reply
      Beach Town Baking November 6, 2013

      Hi Dee,
      Thank you so much! I absolutely do make wedding cakes. What were you thinking of?

  2. Reply
    Laurie November 20, 2014

    I picked up the book at my local library. I read through all the recipes right away. I loved the book so much I immediately purchased my own copy from Amazon. I am starting to bake every recipe! Beautiful book!

    • Reply
      Beach Town Baking November 24, 2014

      Laurie, I’m thrilled you are enjoying my book! Thanks so much for the comment. Happy Holidays!

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