The Bread Bible

The Bread Bible

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by Rose Levy Beranbaum, Alan Witschonke
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393241600
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
606,499
File size:
21 MB
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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'?'

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