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Bread Machine Cookbook [Paperback]

Donna Rathmell German
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March 16 2004 Nitty Gritty
The first bread machine cookbook on the market offers more than 130 recipes for white, wholegrain, cheese, fruit, vegetable, herb and spice breads, sourdough loaves, rolls, croissants and breadsticks. Recipes appear in 3 sizes to accommodate any machine make or model. Author Donna German continues to test these recipes on over 50 types of bread machines. This book is so popular, it inspired a 6-book series.

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The first bread machine cookbook on the market, this classic offers more than 130 recipes for white, whole-grain, cheese, fruit, vegetable, herb and spice breads, sourdough loaves, rolls, croissants and breadsticks. Recipes appear in 3 sizes to accomodate any machine make or model. This popular book inspired a 6-book series.

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Donna Rathmell German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but be careful of older copies Sept. 2 2002
I have both the original Bread Machine Cookbook and book #2, and the recipes are great, well worth 5 stars. Also the introductions give a lot of useful advise.
IMPORTANT: A word of warning if you buy a used copy. I bought copies of both, in "like new condition," and they arrived as promised, but in using the recipes, I had one failed load after another. By accident, in looking at a my Mom's new books (which do not state they are revised editions), I found that all the recipes I had tried (and nearly all the recipes in both books) now have totally different amounts listed for the ingredients. For example, the Sally Lund bread on page 25 (original book) has the measurements of 7 of the 8 ingredients changed/corrected (the yeast is now doubled, and the flour increased by 1/3). Many recipes in both books have similar major changes. I had to buy new copies, and using the corrected amounts in the new books I then began baking great bread. If you have older copies of either of these books, and are getting disgusting goopy bread, do not automatically think it is the fault of you, your ingredients, or bread machine. Check out a newer book and compare ingredients.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A recipe for every taste Nov. 30 2003
By Steffi
My boyfriend and I recently moved to the U.S. from Germany, where all kinds of fresh, healthy baked breads are readily available for an affordable everyday price. When I got my Breadman machine out of my mom's attic, my boyfriend looked at it skeptically and muttered something about how tough it would be living in the States.
Well, this book made us both bread machine believers. It has recipes to suit both our tastes with easy to read tables for different size loaves. It has the whole, health-food grain and nutty recipes (with buckwheat, amaranth, barley) I like as well as the crusty white, rye, and whole wheat ones he prefers. The author also gives tips on additives to make the bread denser or lighter depending on your preference. Every single recipe has worked beautifully.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Bread Machine Companion Feb. 25 2004
Of all the bread machine books I own, this is hands down my favorite. The cozy, small size has a lot to do with it to start, and to end - the fabulous recipes! I haven't been disappointed yet. This would make a great gift for someone who is just starting out with a bread machine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great things come in small packages! July 22 2003
Although I have several bread machine cookbooks today, this was my first. My copy is so dog-earred that it's falling apart. Although the book is small, it is jam packed with a huge variety of tasty recipes that are surprisingly easy. If you only buy one bread book-this would be a great choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Nov. 22 2000
By A Customer
I recently upgraded my old National bread machine to a state-of-the-art Zojurushi and thought I'd reward my myself by purchasing this well-recommnded book.
First, the size: it's *tiny*--more like a field guide. This can be a plus, in some instances, but it sure lacks an air of authority, in this case, and probably won't wear well. On the other hand, the typeface is clear and bold, which is useful. All recipes are presented in three columns for "small," "medium," and "large" loaf sizes. Recipes do not include ingredient weights, which are essential (especially for flour), as any proper baker knows. This lack undoubtedly contributed to the problems I (and other reviewers) had obtaining consistent results from this book. There are quite a number of jarring typos (e.g., "broiche") which also undercut the book's credibility.
I tried several of the recipes at various loaf sizes. Most recipes required adjustment of liquid or dry ingredients, not such a big deal. But, the results were generally insipid, to my taste buds.
There are certainly better books out there, or better yet, check out some of the websites that are proliferating for this genre.
All in all, not a cookbook I'd reach for again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy only one - March 12 2004
This is the one to buy. This little book is absolutely the best out of the plethora bread machine cookbooks available. I love cookbooks, I love bread, I love my bread machine. I own six bread machine cookbooks, I've checked out a couple of dozen more from various libraries, I've pored over new ones in the bookstores. This is the one I reach for over and over and over again when I am ready to bake bread (and the next two runner-ups are the Bread Machine Cookbook II and the Bread Machine Cookbook III). The recipes are basic - white bread, wheat bread, rye bread, and progress with variations, through sourdoughs and simple dough recipes - hamburger buns, etc. Other editions will bring you the fancier and trickier breads. Master this one first; you will not be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift Dec 13 2000
By Debbie
I received this book several years ago as a birthday gift. I am now getting ready to order several as Christmas gifts. I always get compliments from my family and my nieces/nephews on the breads I have made from recipes with this book. The recipes are much better/tastier than the ones that came with my bread machine. Instructions are clear and the book is easy to use. I also like the reasonable price.
I would say any person that is having trouble with the recipes has not read the basic section on how to measure ingrediants. You must never scoop or pack your flour and that is covered in the first section of the book. This would apply to any bread book that you purchased.
Our favorite recipe is the Cream of Wheat bread. I get requests for it often. My 2 yr old and 4 yr old are always asking for "cutting bread". They can eat the whole loaf in one sitting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still not received
Unfortunately I am still waiting for this book and one other that I ordered for a Christmas gift. I certainly hope they arrive soon! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brenda Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Bread Maker Cookbook
I think this is a very good book. I especially like the pizza and panettone recipes.The writer has done very good research.
Published 18 months ago by Iain G. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes that work!
This little book has a wide variety of recipes. You can choose between three sizes of loaves each time; I really like this feature. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2011 by Denise F. Blackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Book
Nice variety of good recipes! As noted elsewhere, high altitude requires adjustments. I have had to add liquid in every recipe, and will need to lower yeast in a couple to prevent... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Gray Ranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
This is the best bread machine cookbook I have seen. Bought many, use only this one. All the recipes I have tried have been as expected and have baked on "basic"... Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by RayLinStephens
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen
This cookbook is just what I wanted! It keeps each recipe to one page (so there is no page flipping). The recipes are easy to understand and easy to read. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a little adjusting
I do find I have to do a little adjusting with these recipes, largely in part because I live in a high altitude. Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by Michelle Haines
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