How to Bake Bread: The Five Families of Bread

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A flip through this master course in bread baking from French-trained, California Culinary Academy instructor Kalanty might temper the most determined aspirant, but after digesting the basics (baker's percents, ingredients, add-ins, tools, techniques, and workplace setup and flow), readers will be primed to attempt Kalanty's "formulas" for a gamut of baked goods including baguettes, bagels, pizza, challah, babka, stollen, and cinnamon buns. With his Five Families of Bread method—adapted from a 19th-century French culinary concept—Kalanty contends that readers can utilize similar techniques to make a variety of baked goods. A dynamic teacher, Kalanty adds spice with history and anecdotes in this engaging and practical volume. As readers turned bakers acquire skills like the "Degas and Fold," "Poker Chip Gesture," and visualization, Kalanty insists they will gain confidence to enter the fast track to creating boulangerie-quality breads.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615231297
  • Publisher: Red Seal Books
  • Publication date: 10/30/2011
  • Pages: 525
  • Sales rank: 475,832
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    High Recommendation

    I can see why this baker won the "Best Bread Book" award at the Paris Cookbook Fair.
    The French know a lot about bread--and Kalanty sure stands up to the test.
    The recipes are clearly explained and there are probably 400 technique photos taken in the bakeshop that helped me make my very first Baguettes.

    There are no "artisan" style breads like Ciabatta or Sourdough. But if you want an intro book to get you on solid ground I really like this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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