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Building a Wood-Fired Oven for Bread and Pizza, 13th Edition [Paperback]

Tom Jaine
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April 18 2011 English Kitchen
Prospect Books' best seller is this handy instruction manual for the ultra-keen breadmaker and DIY enthusiast, showing how to build a substantial bread oven in the yard or garden. Together with detailed plans (which do not omit a single block or brick) and a step-by-step specification, the book doubles as an essay on English break baking in previous centuries, with special reference to the hardware, equipment and working methods entailed. There is plenty here to interest the reader who is not necessarily going to embark on the building project. The book was first published in 1997 and has had an annual printing since then. There are other books on the subject, but few give as much historical context. The history of bread is something that is almost entirely ignored in current literature, greatly to its disadvantage. This 13th edition boasts a new, compact format (roughly 7.5" x 5.5") and full-color plans. The book closes with a couple of recipes. It was never meant as a cookbook; there are plenty of alternatives, including the author's Baking Bread at Home (Phoenix). But the enthusiasm for good bread, and for baking it yourself, is still growing and is well served here.

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Tom Jaine is the publisher at Prospect Books, which he has run since 1993. He has been a restaurateur, an author of cookbooks, editor of the Good Food Guide, and editor of the revised edition of the Oxford Companion to Food.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so helpful March 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book gives one set of plans without much discussion on how to modify them. I was hoping for more theory and explaination about size, height, chimney placement etc.
In British fashion, the author uses more words than necessary to explain himself (think Dickens).
Overall, not a complete waste of time, but less helpful than the title would lead you to believe.
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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good supplement to The Bread Builders July 5 1999
By Brian Knittel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're interested in building a wood-fired oven for baking, this is a good supplement to Alan Scott's essential "The Bread Builders". Provides very interesting historical background, amusing anecdotes and a set of plans which are aimed a bit more squarely at the amateur builder than Alan's plans. I'm building an oven now using plans interpolated between the two. If you're going to tackle a project like this, get a good book on masonry techniques too, or better yet, a video. (Amazon, care to provide some suggestions?)
51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of wood fired ovens. Oct. 27 1998
By ritthaler@codetel.net.do - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although the book is a bit wordy, it gives the reader comprehensive history, information and instructions on how to build a wood-fired oven. The author is English and tends to refer primarily on British ovens and on baking bread. I bought the book to build an Italian style pizza oven, however the book mentions pizza only a few times. The plans on how to build a wood-fired oven are helpful and I am glad that such a book exists.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so helpful March 13 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book gives one set of plans without much discussion on how to modify them. I was hoping for more theory and explaination about size, height, chimney placement etc.
In British fashion, the author uses more words than necessary to explain himself (think Dickens).
Overall, not a complete waste of time, but less helpful than the title would lead you to believe.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not really helpful Nov. 24 2010
By Jacketfan14 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a cool book on the history behind ovens, and I enjoyed reading it. You will not be all that close to being able to build your own oven after reading this.

Enjoyed reading it and understanding some history, but I should have checked it out at the library and skipped buying it.

Allen Scotts book is killer, but again, you better know something about building and be creative because he gives you about 80% of the information you need. That was enough for me to complete my oven, but there was a lot of head scratching and questioning if I was doing things right. The chimney was a big miss in the book with almost no detail, so I had to fly by the seat of my pants.

There is good info on the web and this was a good depiction...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay Oct. 2 2013
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the book does not gives specifics i was looking for something more a do it yourself that had detailed plans
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