King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

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From Christmas cookies and pancakes to chocolate cake and sandwich bread, The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion will be there to guide home bakers every step of the way.

Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you ...

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Overview

From Christmas cookies and pancakes to chocolate cake and sandwich bread, The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion will be there to guide home bakers every step of the way.

Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from tricky yeast breads and sourdoughs, to trendy flatbreads and crackers, to family favorites such as pancakes and waffles. They also present fried doughs, quick breads, batter breads, biscuits, quiches, cobblers and crisps, cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, tarts, and pastries. For more than 200 years King Arthur Flour has been in the business of making the highest quality key ingredient in all of baking: flour. They've done decades of experimentation and research in their famous test kitchens on how the various ingredients in baked goods behave and why. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion now brings you more than 350 recipes that will teach you which ingredients work together, as well as what doesn't, and why. It is this knowledge that will allow you to unleash your own creativity and to experiment in the kitchen. You'll get a complete overview of ingredients in chapters on flours, sweeteners, leavens, fats, and more. You'll find information on substitutions and variations, as well as troubleshooting advice from the pros at King Arthur. Recipes are enhanced with sidebars that share baking secrets and provide clear-step-by-step instructions, and each recipe is accompanied by a detailed nutritional analysis. Techniques are further explained with easy-to-follow illustrations by culinary illustrator Laura Hartman Maestro. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion is the definitive kitchen resource. Exhaustive in scope, authoritative in style, and offering clear, practical, and encouraging instruction, it is the one book you'll turn to every time you bake. Like your set of measuring cups and favorite wooden spoon, it will become an essential kitchen tool. No kitchen in America should be without a copy.

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Editorial Reviews

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To anyone who bakes, The King Arthur Flour Baker's Catalogue is a great source of high-quality ingredients and equipment that also features favorite recipes from the company's test kitchens. Now the King Arthur bakers have put together a wide-ranging, hugely informative cookbook/ baking reference, with more than 350 delicious recipes for both sweet and savory baked goods. In addition to chapters on ingredients and equipment-as well as a long introductory note on the specifics of proper measuring (essential when baking)-there are trouble-shooting guides, boxes on topics like "Why Do Popovers Pop?," and miniessays on the history and provenance of various baked goods. The King Arthur Company is located in Vermont, and all the classic New England desserts, like slumps and grunts, and other all-American favorites are here, but so are many recipes from other traditions-e.g., Sardinian Parchment Bread, Indian Roti, Curry and Ginger Crackers, and Lavash. The text and headnotes are highly readable, with an easy, approachable style, and there are dozens of line drawings of equipment and methods, many of them step-by-step illustrations of important techniques. Essential. [Good Cook Book Club main selection.] Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881505818
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/25/2003
  • Series: King Arthur Flour Cookbooks Series
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 182,363
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 2.05 (d)

Meet the Author

King Arthur Flour is the largest single educator of bakers in the world. Employee owned since 1996, the company conducts a yearly national baking class tour that has provided free baking classes to many thousands of bakers across the U.S. The company also publishes The Baking Sheet, a newsletter of recipes and baking information. The
Baker's Catalogue, a wholly owned subsidiary, sponsors an online baking forum, The Baking Circle, on its parent company's Web site. The company's 2003 release, The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion,
was selected as one of the best cookbooks of the year by Food &
Wine
, People, and many other national publications. Other books by King Arthur Flour include The Original King Arthur Flour Cookbook, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, and King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.

All the bakers at
King Arthur Flour work from their 12-sided post-and-beam headquarters in
Norwich , Vermont.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
A Note on Measuring x
High-Altitude Baking xviii
Breakfasts 1
Fried Doughs 37
Quick Breads 61
Buckles, Cobblers, and Crisps 127
Crackers and Flatbreads 157
Yeast Breads 187
Sourdough 271
Cookies and Bars 291
Cakes 337
Pies, Tarts, and Quiches 403
Pastry and Viennoiserie 475
Ingredients 509
Tools 583
Index 610
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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Very Pleased

    I kept taking this book out of the library and I finally got smart and bought one for myself. I've had great success with the recipes I've done and I'm very happy with the book. Lots of information at the back of the book on various flours, etc. For beginners and those who already have been baking for awhile.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Perfect Baking Book!

    This is the most useful cook book I have ever seen. It doesn't just give you recipes, but it also educates you on how the recipes work. With the foundational knowledge this book has given me I feel free to branch out and modify recipes without being afraid of ruining them. If you know why food cooks the way it does then the doors open up to a whole new world of creative baking. This book is a must have for anyone who will ever bake anything!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Fabulous!

    If you need a fantastic baking book on how to bake virtually everything, then this is the book for you! Most cookbooks out there fail to mention little things that are extremely important in a recipe, such as sifting flour, using eggs that are at room temperature, which type of oil to use etc. Most cookbook authors either know this information and figure you do too, or the author does not know these techniques and those recipes in those books are not all they could be. And most cookbook buyers know how to read a recipe, yet do not understand it. King Arthur Flour is a company that has been in business for over 200 years. It is their business to know flour, and to understand how to use it. It is also to their benefit to educate their flour buyers in how to bake better, so they will be happier with the end product, and thus buy more flour and even recommend their flour to their friends. In their latest book: The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook they explain why you need to sift your flour (it adds air to the mixtures which aids in leavening), why French Toast bread should be stale, why you only fry in certain oils and much more. They also offer recipes for virtually everything; from breakfast foods to quick breads, from doughnuts to yeast breads, from cobblers to cookies and cakes, as well as pies and quiches. This book even offers a section on which kitchen tools are the best for your baking projects: from type of chocolates to pie pans. This is a must-read section for any baker. This cookbook is designed for 90% of the cookbook buying population. This cookbook is fantastic as now you can understand what you are doing rather than just following directions. When you decide to make modifications to your recipes, now you will know what parameters you must maintain if you want your recipe to turn out. For example, almond oil will not work when frying doughnuts, as it has a very low smoke point. For the price of this book, you get more than what you are paying for. This is an excellent book and should be a standard in any home that has any baking! For added interest, King Arthur Flour offers free baking seminars across the country, as well as online classes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    There was no recipe for Christmas cake or mince pies ( almond fl

    There was no recipe for Christmas cake or mince pies ( almond flour).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    An amazing book on Baking

    I have been baking for many years and received this as a gift. I then gave this as a gift. I actually learned a lot from this book. King Arthur Flour is the premium choice for serious bakers. Amazingly the difference in quality flour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Best Baking Cookbook Ever!

    I have already made several recipes from this cookbook, and all of them have turned out amazing! Lots of instructions to help understand ingredients, utensils, methods, options, etc. A great cookbook for anyone who loves to bake!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Presentation only exceeded by the Results!

    The fine research which preceeded publication is commendable. Explanations of the chemical interaction of the ingredients are deep enough that even a beginner into the art of baking is encouraged to read the directions thoroly for the best results. The "why's" are so very important in these days of nutritional concerns that learning from such a well researched source is vital. I was "introduced" to this volume by a gentleman who is as devoted to baking now as he was to his first profession of architecture!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    The Ultimate Baking Book

    This has rapidly become my go-to book for baking. I have yet to find a recipe that did not produce outstanding results, but it may take me many years to cook my way through this huge tome. In spite of its size, I love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    My new go-to cookbook

    I have made some great recipes from this cookbook. Using this book along with the information on the King Arthur website has been fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    Wonderful!

    When I was given this book for Christmas I read it cover to cover! There are so many recipes that I have tried and loved and many more that I am going to be making in the future. I love all of the tips and extra information included in this book. When you buy this book, be sure to try the Three Layer Chocolate Mousse. I have made many variations of this for different occasions and it is a hit every time! I love that the instructions are complete making this book wonderful for both beginning and experienced bakers alike. This will be an important addition to any cookbook collection especially those in need of a good baker's handbook.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    absolute must!!

    if you are a baker, even a very beginning baker, this is the book for you! I was totally impressed that one of the first things I saw in the book was the best explanation of high altitude baking & what to do to make your recipes turn out perfectly! These people are thorough!! the recipes are easy to follow, easy to understand, & the results are excellent. bread, cookies, cakes, whatever you fancy, it's all here. I highly recommend this book, the writers are clear & concise, exactly what every baker needs to have to refer to

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Necessary Guide

    I am a novice amateur baker. To me, this work is foundational. I bought the hardback version because I expect to use this over the long run. For me this is a necessary book in my kitchen library.Baking bread gives me immense pleasure.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Excellent baking cookbook

    Includes recipes for breads, muffins, cookies, bars, quick breads and so much more. I live their pancake recipes. Each recipe Includes nutritional information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Perfect for the beginner. Great reminders and hints for those who have baked for years.

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