Originally Posted by Andy M.
I have been thinking about getting a bread cookbook. Let me know how you like it.
I received Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day
as well as The Bread Baker's Apprentice
for Christmas. The former is not worth the money unless you get it for real cheap. It's mostly recipes that you can find online, and many of them are so unique I wouldn't buy the ingredients. For me it was a lot of hype that didn't meet MY expectations, but someone else might think it's fantastic. I look at it as $17 to tell you you can put a double NYT recipe in the fridge and keep it for 2 weeks (I pitched it at 10 days because it got too strong). On the other hand, Peter's Reinhart's book is superb, and if someone wanted to own only one book on bread baking, I would unequivocally recommend The Bread Baker's Apprentice.
It's like a well-written textbook that you'll not want to put down. It's a beautiful blend of art and science that leaves you wanting to head to the kitchen and start baking every loaf he describes, and to start experimenting on your own. Of course some might not like the amount of detail (minutia if you will) that he goes into, but I found this book to be intellectually stimulating and a great baking book as well.
That's my book report from my Christmas presents.