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Beard on Bread

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    If you really want to know how to bake bread, this is it ...

    I've been baking bread, off and on, for more than 20 years. And I've never been able to find a better book on the art, science and joy of cooking bread than Beard's little tome with its quaint illustrations and sound, sage advice earned by hours and hours in the kitchen and dough under the nails.

    I laugh about "sweet cream butter" every time I bake bread and take it warm from the oven and have that first slice with, for the most part, margarine. But I think as I enjoy that first warm slice the note that Beard has with almost every recipe in this book that it's really good with "sweet cream butter." I don't think Jim cared much for cholesterol worries.

    The recipes in this book are basic and standard in many instances while some are advanced in terms of technique, ingredients and understanding of how bread is made. But, most of all, this is a book written with love for bread, love for cooking and joy in the idea of hours spent in a warm kitchen filled with the smell of baking bread. Like all of the best cookbooks on my shelf, Beard on Bread is a cookbook you can sit down with in an easy chair away from the kitchen and just read. It's as much "book" as it is "cook" and I can't believe how long I went without a copy in my kitchen and how much I've learned about bread from James Beard. I could live a lifetime on his basic bread recipe--the first in the book. Making that bread can teach you much of what you'll need to know for a lifetime of bread making.

    If you're getting back to cooking for whatever reason, this is a must-have book. Make your own bread and understand what a wonder good bread really is and learn the meaning of "staff of life" for yourself. Make bread a part of your routine. I can't wait for some sandwiches with my heirloom tomatoes this summer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    A Classic!!!

    This isn't artisan baking. I think it predates the bread machine. It isn't 'gourmet'. It is just a simple straight forward book on baking bread. One great recipe after another! I've never found a better raisin bread, but then there are so many other good loaves to chose from it's hard to pick just one bread. By the end of the book you really feel that you have spent some time with James Beard; this is a good way to get to know him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    The best bread book ever written

    I own a well worn copy of this book and have given it as a gift to very special friends and have found it simply wonderful. Besides Mr. Beard's comments on the breads and suggestions for serving, the recipes are clear and easy to follow, the instructions simple and helpful and the book just exudes Mr. Beard's love of food. I highly recommend it for novice and expert alike!

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Long time user of this book

    I have been baking bread for thirty years thanks to this book. It was really the first to de-mystify yeasf breads and has some great quick breads as well.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Excellent text for bread makers

    Bought this book for my husband who hadn't made bread in years. It is already showing signs of wear. Great how-to information and the bread is wonderful.

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