If you were going to go out and buy one bread making book, or recommend one to someone else, which would you choose? I have never made bread before besides in a bread machine. I'd like to get into making white and whole grain breads this winter. Perhaps some artisan breads also, although I confess I'm not sure the definition of "artisan" breads. (I just know I like them!) Thanks
They have several books to choose from plus DVDs, which would be good if you're a more visual learner. Also check out their National Baking Classes. I just learned about them and am thrilled to see they'll be holding a free class about 15 minutes from my house later this month!
-A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand
Lol, I was going to suggest KA, also, but PA Baker beat me to it! They are a great beginner's resource; instructions are very clear. After that, if you want to branch out into 'specialty' breads, there are scores on the market.
I have seen The Bread Baker's Apprentice and am going to get it soon. But that being said, if there was one book I could keep from the several that I have it would be "Bread Alone", hands down. It is by Daniel Leader and I'm sure many of you have seen it. I guess one thing that draws me to it is that I feel when I read it that it's not just a cookbook. It is a book. He intergrates his experiences, stories and biographies of many people who he has met along the way. He inspires you and shows you that baking bread is as much dependant on the baker as the ingredients being used.