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Artisan Baking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    THE BEST for Artisan Baking

    This has become my go-to book for anything other than quick breads or sandwich breads (the kind with milk, fat, eggs, sugar, etc.) Even if I start with a type of bread or recipe from another source, I check to see what Artisan Baking has to say on the topic.

    Although I'm a hobbyist, not a professional baker, it looks to me like Artisan Baking could be a textbook. It talks about the ingredients, equipment and techniques. There's lots of depth--not just about flour, but wheat, for instance--or you can treat it as just a recipe book, or as a recipe book with instructions. On the other hand, if you're a tyro, the book tells you how to start, and how to keep going on for professional-level results. It does help to already know what bread is.

    The descriptions of the bakeries and bakers whose breads appear in the book are entertaining in their own right, but also help illustrate some of the range of types of breads, the methods used, and the environments in which these bakers work.

    When my nephew said he was interested in getting started baking breads, I had no hesitation in mentioning this book to Santa Claus.

    Two minor quibbles about the book: This book is almost exclusively about naturally-fermented (i.e., sourdough) breads. For my tastes, that's not much of a defect. Slightly more serious is that reference materials, like how to maintain your starter, and how to increase it for use, is buried in the body of the book, rather that being in a chart or appendix. After a couple of months, the book falls open to the desired page, so that's not much of an issue either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    great bread, great book

    pros: consistently good bread from recipes. baguette is chewy, crusty, sweet dough is light, rich, wonderful. all recipes I have tried so far have worked as written and also can be jazzed up if desired. includes directions for processor and machine mixing as well as manual

    cons: type is a little small in some places( old not so good eyes). as with most artisan bread, the outstanding results come from preferment or fermentation so not a "bake a loaf in a hour" recipes. while most of the recipes are not complicated, it could intimidate a novice/bread machine bread baker. push ahead! it's worth learning a new skill. if you want to make a loaf an hr before dinner get a different book. artisan bread in 5 min. a day is OK, not as good bread but less time consuming(not really just a few mins. though cause rise time is still needed)

    after checking out every artisan bread book my library had, this was the one I liked best and kept coming back to, format and recipes. haven't found any mistakes yet, easy to follow. IMO the extra info IE flour, is useful if you are the type that doesn't want to just make the bread included but want to branch out and get creative. nice to know why it works as it does.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Way too much information on the creating of flour, not enough on recipes.

    I looked forward to receiving this book and was very unhappy when it finally came. I got it mixed up with another I was researching, I guess. I flipped through to find so much information on flour, regions, etc. The limited recipes were just not what I was looking for. When I returned the book to our local BN, we purchased "Baking Artisan Bread". This book comes with a DVD that shows a few tecniques which helps when you don't know much about artisan bread baking. It also has 10 main bread dough recipes that can be used to make different bread types. We have made bagels that turned out wonderful. No more store bought bagels for us! We also made some crusty rolls. "Baking Artisan Bread" is my recommendation!

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