Bread Revised Hardcover – Apr 19 2004
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Take one French food authority and author, one Italian food authority and author, give them a subject like bread and a publisher like Britain's Dorling Kindersley, and the result can't help but be one of the more engaging books on bread and bread baking. DK Publishing is of the seeing-is-believing school of cookbooks, and this philosophy works particularly well in their Ultimate Bread. The opening plates of the world of bread are enough in and of themselves to drive anyone--beginner or expert baker--right into the kitchen.
The "Baking Essentials" section shows and explains the differences in various kinds of flour, wheat and nonwheat, as well as the basic ingredients (yeast, oil, eggs, salt--not a long list) and tools. The "Basic Techniques" section shows you exactly what dough should look like in the various stages of bread production. The photos are so thick with color you can almost touch and smell the dough.
But the majority of the book is dedicated to recipes. Here you will find Country Oatmeal Bread, French Baguettes, Pretzels, Ciabatta, Pain aux Noix, Brioche, Nan, Pita, Corn Bread, and Challah. There are dozens of breads in all, from the very basic to the festive. And finally, there's even a section devoted to problem solving--although the biggest problem you may have is deciding which recipe to start with. --Schuyler Ingle --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Combine DK's gorgeous visuals with two authors skilled in the art of breadmaking, and you have the perfect book for anyone who has ever been afraid to try baking bread. Treuille, who coauthored Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques (Murdoch, 1997), and Ferrigno, whose last cookbook was Pizza, Pasta, and Polenta (Merehurst, 1995), begin with fundamentals such as essential ingredients and equipment before turning to basic techniques such as kneading and using a starter. Recipes for more than 100 different kinds of breads, including quick, flat, and festive breads, are offered. Each recipe has clear, precise step-by-step instructions with both metric and nonmetric measurements and time estimates. While there is no shortage of bread books to choose from, including The Book of Bread (LJ 1/97), which focuses solely on the history of bread, Ultimate Bread is an essential choice for all public libraries and any academic library with an interest in the baking arts.?John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Bread really is a universal food. This "photographic gallery" reveals the variety of breads. There are as seemingly large as life pictures of the breads. Everything from the continental classics such as Tuscan Focaccia scented with rosemary to sweet enriched reads studded with spices and fruit. You will also find flat breads from the Middle East and rustic country loaves from France. Sigh
This is an exciting resource written by authors who are experts in bread baking. Eric Treuill was born in Cahors in southwest France and first became interested in breadmaking when he worked as a mitron in his uncle's boulangerie. Ursula Ferrigno grew up on her father's vegetable and olive-producing farm in southern Italy.
"Ursula remembers the hot summer evenings when her grandmother would light the wood-fired oven on the terrace of their family home in Campania. She recalls the sweet, yeasty fragrance of the seemingly magically growing dough and its soft, springy texture as she formed it into a round, for it was a family tradition that each person shape and top his or her own pizza."
After a brief introduction to the Fundamentals of Breadmaking a world of possibilities is revealed in the next few chapters.Read more ›
Filled with beautiful photos of each bread, the instructions are the clearest, easiest I've ever encountered in a cookbook. My copy is worn and stained and holds a place of prominence in my kitchen bookshelf, just thinking about it writing this, I'm just gonna have to go make a filled focaccia today! A two crusted pizza type of bread, it is so easy to make and you'll get rave reviews from all who get to share it.
The other thing I like about this book is their selection of hearty peasant type of farm breads. No haute cuisine here, just great good bread, buy it with the confidence you'll produce things that look just like the luscious photos!
While bread making is simple and rewarding, it takes a lot of time. However, with this book, you'll be feeling like a professional bread baker in no time. Must-try recipes include brioche, challah, the bread and butter pudding (made from bread you made yourself!), and the Hungarian potato bread.
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we've tried lots of recipes, all good, clear instructions, recommend for anyone wanting to bake bread, lots of variety from around the worldPublished on Jan. 27 2014 by diane jubie
After being so disappointed with Reinhart' Crust and Crumb, I bought this book and I found it really good, as it covers most of the imagined types of bread, including national... Read morePublished on March 28 2013 by carminaburana
I got this book out of the library and tried many of the recipes before buying it. Perfect bread, simple instructions and that heavenly smell of fresh bread in the house.Published on Dec 19 2012 by Phyllis Gregory
Ultimate Bread is one of the better yet easy to use bread baking books on the market. For the first time bread baker it is user friendly and offers numerous recipes which are fun... Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by Rottweiler
I bought this book because it contained a recipe for raisin bread. There were errors in the recipe;there were two references to adding flour but no flour left to add. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002
I have this book and it is fantastic! The illustrations and instructions are very informative and easy to follow. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2000
This book is wonderful! I've already made several of the loaves, and I've had complete success. I especially loved the cinnamon raisin bread recipe. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000
I am French, so I know how very wonderful the French make their breads. These famous baking experts are from France and the helper is from Italia. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2000 by Summer/Winter