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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

OMG, the information in this book is mind blowing! If you want to 'seriously' learn how to make bread. Read this book, cover to cover, then try a recipe.

Who comes up with this stuff? Honestly? It's crazy and fun! I am 43 years old and retired. I have tons of time on my hands and love to cook. So I tried a few recipes out of my "regular" cook books with great success and decided to move forward with "The Bread Bible...
Who comes up with this stuff? Honestly? It's crazy and fun! I am 43 years old and retired. I have tons of time on my hands and love to cook. So I tried a few recipes out of my "regular" cook books with great success and decided to move forward with "The Bread Bible". I wanted to learn how to make baguettes. I received the book and began to read it, and my eyes started to cross. I realized if I was going to seriously bake bread, I was going to have to learn a lot, and I had a great textbook in my hands to show me the way. The way the book is presented, makes the task just a process to complete, if you are good at following precise directions. The book explains why each process is executed and how to execute it.

Rose Levy Beranbaum puts a lot of herself into the book. She explains how recipes came to be. Why she changes them, how trial and error, made the recipe. You can tell she actually came up with every recipe in this book, or made many of the few recipes she gives credit to others for.

While I do have a fully stocked gourmet kitchen and pantry, by following the book I found myself making a variety of other purchases. I found my self ordering special flour and yeast from online suppliers, dough rising containers, specialty pans, etc. I did not have to to achieve good results, but found by following Rose's advice in the book, it made a significant difference. And learning why and how the small things did make a difference and noticing what the difference is, is just pure joy.

This book is for the accomplished cook that is wanting to take specialty learning to the next step. Oh and some of this bread is really, really good! Enjoy

posted by MissEileen on November 11, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Bread Bible Isn't 'THE' Word on Baking

This cookbook's instructions are often trying and confusing. Sometimes you think you are being told to add all ingredients, then find out that isn't the case upon further reading of the instructions. There are too many other good baking books to be annoyed by this one...
This cookbook's instructions are often trying and confusing. Sometimes you think you are being told to add all ingredients, then find out that isn't the case upon further reading of the instructions. There are too many other good baking books to be annoyed by this one. Also, many of the recipes take days to assemble.

posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2004

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