Hamelman, a professional baker for nearly three decades, was a member of Baking Team USA,which represents the United States in the international Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, the bread-baking World Cup. Here, he shares this experience, putting world-class artisanal loaves within reach of any serious baker. Opening with a comprehensive overview of the foundationsessential ingredients; hand techniques for kneading, scoring, and shaping; the basic process from mixing through bakinghe lucidly guides bakers through all elements of this richly rewarding craft.
Bread contains 118 detailed, step-by-step recipes for an array of breadsversatile sourdough ryes; numerous breads made with pre-ferments; and simple, straight dough loaves. Recipes for brioche, focaccia, pizza dough, flat breads, and other traditional baking staples augment the diverse collection of flavors, tastes, and textures represented within these pages. From the delicate flavor and aroma of classic French baguettes to the mellow smoothness of Roasted Garlic Levain, a bread for every season and every palate is here.
Each recipe clearly outlines the key stages, with easy-to-use charts that list ingredients in both American and metric measures, quantities appropriate for home baking, and baker's percentages. Hundreds of drawings vividly illustrate techniques, and 35 handsome color photographs display finished breads. Sidebars accompany each recipe and section with valuable tips, from the subtle art of tasting and evaluating breads to the perfect fare to complement Vollkornbrot. A complete chapter on decorative breadswith instructions on techniques as well as a wide variety of exquisite patternswill inspire magnificent display creations.
Laced throughout the book, Hamelman's personal narratives offer a compelling portrait of a lifelong love affair with bread and vividly communicate this passion. For bakers seeking to finesse this time-honored craft or simply to learn the tricks of the trade from a real master, Bread is a resource to be consulted time and time again.
CHIHO KANEKO is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited both in the United States and Japan. She also works as a translator and interpreter. She is a native of Japan with a background in landscape architecture, agronomy, and art.
This is the second copy I've bought of this book. This one was a gift for my son-in-law who has started an artisanal bakery as a small business. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adam Smith
I gave this edition of the book five stars because it is a very well written, detailed and thorough education on bread baking. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2012 by Yumarama
The best book I have ever read about bread!!! I all my life wanted to make bread I bought a lot off books about it but I learn just a little bit, and the results so disappointed... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2012 by L. M. Rosas
A well crafted blend of recipes, instructions and explanation that results in better bread making. Now rather than baking by rote and speculation, I do it with a clearer... Read morePublished on May 28 2012 by Jim Brennan
A veritable fountain of knowledge for any type of bakers - this book has it all. And, if you are really into breadmaking, this is the book to have. Well Done!Published on March 15 2012 by Craig