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Old 10-08-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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What is the best bread cookbook?



Calling all serious bread bakers ...

I'm getting into bread baking and want to expand my knowledge & purchase one or two great bread cookbooks ... what are your recommends (& why)? Thanks!


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Old 10-08-2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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Peter Reinhart - Bread Baker's Apprentice. Why? Its the only one I have :P

Its a nice book though, definitely worth it.
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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Amazon.com: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking (9780312362911): Jeff Hertzberg MD, Zoe Francois: Books

Why? So easy even a Monkey can do it!

Great book,#2 will be out later this month.


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There are SO many GREAT bread books. Depends whether you want basic bread baking, or various types of specialty breads.

The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum; any of Peter Reinhart's books, any of Betsy Oppenneer's books, Beard on Bread, That ought to be enough to get you started.

(I have a pretty good Bread chapter in my book, "Feastivals Cooks at Home." )
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:00 PM   #5
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IMO the Artisan Bread book is more for beginners and not for someone who wants to really get into serious bread baking.

I'd recommend both the book that flukx listed -- The Bread Baker's Apprentice and one that ChefJune listed -- The Bread Bible, as well as Nancy Silverton's Breads from the La Brea Bakery book.

I have them all. My number one would be The Bread Baker's Apprentice.
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Another, more specialized one, is Carol Field's "The Italian Baker." We LOVE the Pane Pugliese recipe from it, and there are lots of other goodies.

Baking with Julia has some excellent bread chapters, as well. The one with Nancy Silverton is a real standout.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:17 PM   #7
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Peter Reinhart - Bread Baker's Apprentice. Why? Its the only one I have :P

Its a nice book though, definitely worth it.
I definately agree! It's a great source of technique and knowlege beyond just recipes. And I would also add one that I use nearly weekly:

"Classic Breads" by Caldirola, Negri and Aru

Good luck and have fun!
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for me, the best bread book has been "The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook"

because it deals extensively with using whole wheat flour

this cookbook covers anything made with flour, not just bread
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"Beard on Bread" by James Beard
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:59 AM   #10
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All this talk has gotten me into bread baking mode.

Imonna make me a Bittman loaf right now!

Also, bethzaring is right about the King Arthur book. Not specifically bread, but a greak baking book.
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