Bread Bible

Bread Bible

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by Rose Levy Beranbaum, Alan Witschonke, Gentl Edge
     
 

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The new baking masterwork from the author of The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible.The Bread Bible gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of the chemistry of baking, the accessibility of her recipes, and the incomparable taste of her creations make this book invaluable for home cooks

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The new baking masterwork from the author of The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible.The Bread Bible gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of the chemistry of baking, the accessibility of her recipes, and the incomparable taste of her creations make this book invaluable for home cooks and professional bakers alike.
"Understanding" and "Pointers for Success" sections explain in simple, readable language the importance of various techniques and ingredients demonstrated in a recipe, providing a complete education in the art of baking, with thorough sections on types of flour, equipment, and other essentials. Easy-to-use ingredient tables provide both volume and weight, for surefire recipes that work perfectly every time.
Recipes include bread made with yeast starters, quick breads, flatbreads, brioche, and much more. From ciabatta, semolina, rye, and sourdough breads to bagels, biscuits, crumpets, and pizza dough, The Bread Bible covers all the baking bases.

Editorial Reviews

Charlie Trotter
“Rose, of course, is the reigning Goddess with regards to the definitive word on all things pertaining to pastries and cakes. But now she has decided to clear away all the misunderstandings by giving us The Bread Bible. My question is, 'When are we going to have a "Rose Levy Beranbaum National Holiday"?'”
Bill Yosses
“The world of bread baking has been a secret society for 5000 years. Not any more. This book explains bread in all its historical, gastronomic, chewy, crusty, glorious detail. Of course, it took Rose to do it. This is the bread book.”
Maggie Glezer
“Rose will not only walk you through a recipe, she will hold your hand all the way. She is the ultimate perfectionist and we readers are the beneficiaries. We can always count on her to create recipes that not only work flawlessly, but taste out of this world. Way to go, Rose!”
Marion Cunningham
“This is a book that has left no questions about how to make and bake bread. The Bread Bible belongs in every baker's kitchen.”
Michael Batterberry
“A quotation that I apparently utter with the repetitiveness of a mantra is Escoffier's declaration that 'the art of cookery is the constant expression of the present.' Trust Rose to understand this fully, as she uninterruptedly demonstrates the constant pitch-perfect responses to the craving for technical know-how of today's younger generations.”
Peter Reinhart
“Every book by Rose Levy Beranbaum is a highly anticipated event, but this one is particularly close to my heart. The Bread Bible brings together an amazing amount of useful information with many many great and trustworthy recipes—you can always count on a recipe by Rose, and her attention to every detail. For a baker like me, this book is heavenly, just as the title promises.”
Publishers Weekly
As in her seminal The Cake Bible, which won an IACP prize, Beranbaum doesn't just offer recipes here; she dissects them, explains how they work, then puts them back together again with a number of variations. The front matter to what Beranbaum terms her "bread biography" contains perhaps the best explanation anywhere of how yeast works and a description of the sponge method used for almost every yeast-risen bread. Each recipe also includes a "Rose ratio," which shows at a glance the percentage of water, yeast, flour and fat in each bread. The author's discussion of the pros and cons of various kneading methods (bread machine, by hand, etc.) is invaluable. After all this information, bakers will be eager to get to the recipes, which are equally rewarding. Beranbaum covers everything from a Chocolate Bread made with cocoa nibs to a Traditional Challah. Recipes are arranged by type of bread, with groups including sandwich loaves and dinner rolls and brioche breads. A chapter on artisanal hearth breads includes Heart of Wheat Bread, with wheat germ for extra crunch, and New Zealand Almond and Fig Bread with an apricot glaze. Every time Beranbaum seems about to go overboard with too much information, she steps back from the brink, as in the excellent introduction to sourdough, where she thoroughly explains how sourdough works, then provides a simple box with eight rules for making a starter. Beranbaum could have a second career as a scientist, but luckily for home bakers she seems intent on creating a library of seminal cookbooks instead. (Oct.) Forecast: Beranbaum's The Cake Bible is now in its 30th printing; this volume, which is a selection of The Good Cook Club, appears poised for similar success. The author will embark on a seven-city tour, but even without the hype, this extraordinary work would find a large audience. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
To bake or not to bake: 150 recipes from a master. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393057942
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
78,238
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Charlie Trotter
Rose, of course, is the reigning Goddess with regards to the definitive word on all things pertaining to pastries and cakes. But now she has decided to clear away all misunderstandings by giving us The Bread Bible. My question is, 'When are we going to have a 'Rose Levy Beranbaum National Holiday'?'

Meet the Author

Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible earned the International Association of Culinary Professionals/Seagram Book of the Year Award and is currently in its twenty-ninth printing.

Michael Batterberry was a food writer and historian who with his wife founded two magazines, Food & Wine and Food Arts. He resided in Manhattan until his death in 2010.

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MissEileen More than 1 year ago
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
pittsfordmom More than 1 year ago
About a year ago my husband decided to start making his own bread and rolls. He experimented with different recipes, but never acheived the results he was looking for. When I saw this online I knew it was the perfect gift--I didn't realize what I was getting our family into!! For several days we had all sorts of yeast type things growing all over the kitchen. He was online searching for baking stones and rising baskets. I was a little crazy, but glad that he had something to take his mind off his stressful job for the government. Now it is two months later and he has developed a more calmness about the bread baking. He has make wonderful, crusty loaves at least 3 times a week and they are better than any bakery or restaurant. We don't buy bread anymore. But we do buy a few different kinds of yeast and flour! This is a great gift!!
hobbyOL More than 1 year ago
every recipe is explained in a way it make sense. It got a lot of great information and great recipes of coarse. this book for serious only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a seasoned bread baker or want to become one then this is the only book you need.
lvnturtles More than 1 year ago
This book never fails. I am not an experienced baker, but anytime I want to try a new bread, I use this. It is excellent. I have the paperback version which I purchased from B&N 5 years ago. I practically have the banana bread recipe memorized, but have also tried the dinner rolls, various breads, egg bagels, burger buns, & more all with rousing success. I highly recommend this even if you are "just wondering" if you could / should try it.
pittwedge More than 1 year ago
I had never baked bread before and decided to start. I borrowed this book from the library and after the successful first loaf I knew I needed to own this book. The recipes may seem complicated, but really make you feel comfortable with the process. The only thing better than this book is the bread you'll bake!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Mom got it out of the library in March 2007, and it hasn't been back to the library since. We think it is an essential accesory for people who like to eat what they cook themselves. #1 on Mom's Christmas list. To heck with Wonderbread!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Jennlvs2read More than 1 year ago
I'm reading The Bread Bible and it seems there are all these steps that are not necessary in making bread. Knead it for 5 minutes, stop and let it rest for 20 minutes and then knead it again for 10? This is just an example, but with this method it will take even longer than all day to make! It is a beautiful book and it looks nice on my coffee table.
SeaDogJF More than 1 year ago
Wonderful addition to any cookbook library. Easy to follow instructions.
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DianneIA More than 1 year ago
Was full of ideas and easy to follow instructions...Loved it
Kaylan More than 1 year ago
This is a book that has inspired me, taught me step by step, given me tons of resources and information of things I would need and where to get them as well as inspiration to try new breads beyond what is now my comfort zone, thanks to Rose Levy Beranbaum. I read it a lot in the beginning and took notes. Now, I read it a little every day or so to refine my knowledge and understanding. With each new day of reading, I learn something I didn't know before, and I reinforce or better understand what I previously read. I keep it in arms reach at all times. I am still learning, and her book has a lot to teach! I love it, and I would give it to a beginner, which is what I am and was, or an experienced bread maker because of all the resources she provides as well as first hand knowledge of what has worked best in her bread baking. The book is a comprehensive and thorough coverage of bread and bread making. I started baking bread around Christmas of this past year 2008 and I now have many people who ask to buy my bread! I love to give it as gifts tied with a pretty wired ribbon. There is nothing quite as delicious as a fresh piece of good homemade bread!
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