Looking for recs. for the best bread cookbook
- Tom M of Durham NC Aug 4, 2006 02:18 AM
I was at the bookstore looking through "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Berenbaum. It's gorgeous and made me want a good cookbook that focuses on bread. Is this the one to get? If not, which would you recommmend for the novice bread baker?
Yes, "The Bread Bible" is a great bread book, for beginner and advanced bakers alike. I also like "the Secrets of Jesuit Bread Baking" by Brother Rick Curry. It has some easy recipes, and lots of good stories.
I have that book and it is great. Also, I always tell bread making beginners to really look into the hows and whys of bread making such as why you knead, how it rises etc. I find when you understand that you will have a better knowledge and confidence to experiment.
amy's bread, by amy scherber (of amy's bread in nyc). clear, detailed, but not at all too complex--lots of different types of recipes, and the use of the autolyse process to aid the kneading and development of the dough. a great, great book.
When I saw the headline in the post, I was going to recommend Bread Bible, by Berenbaum. Then I read your message, and that was what you were asking about anyways... so, anyhow, I think it is a great book for the folks just starting out.
Once you've gotten the hang of it and want to step up to a new level, I'd recommend Nancy Silverton's La Brea breads book, which is all about naturally leavened (sourdough) breads. But The Bread Bible is a better book for those starting out (and also experienced bakers too... lots of stuff in there).