Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza Hardcover – Sep 18 2012
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Winner, IACP Awards 2013- Baking: Savory or Sweet
Winner, James Beard Foundation Award 2013 -Baking and Dessert
“If books full of stunning bread porn — all craggy crusts, yeasty bubbles and floured work surfaces — are your thing, here's Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish.”
"Legendary Portland baker Ken Forkish (of the watershed Ken's Artisan Bakery and much-loved Ken's Artisan Pizza) has joined the ranks of the lauded letterers with his mammoth new cookbookWater Flour Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. In Water Flour Salt Yeast, he aims to bring the spirit and quality of his famous crusty, blistered breads to the passionate home baker using those four titular ingredients."
“Exceptionally detailed and clearly written with dedicated bakers in mind. . . . Cooks and students who are serious about the craft of bread baking will definitely want to check out this title.”
Forkish's instructions are clear, concise and incredibly precise... For true artisan bread lovers -- and homemade pizza fanatics -- this book sets a new standard."
—Oregonian, June 25, 2012
"Owner of Ken’s Artisan Pizza and Ken’s Artisan Bakery in Portland, Ore., Forkish begins by telling of the trials and tribulations of opening up shop (people didn’t want to pay $2.50 for a cup of herbal tea). Divided into four sections (“The Principles of Artisan Bread,” “Basic Bread Recipes,” “Levain Bread Recipes,” and “Pizza Recipes”), with recipes broken down by breads made with store-bought yeast, breads made with long-fermented simple doughs, and doughs made with pre-ferments, the book presents recipes accessible to novices, while providing a different approach for making dough to experienced bakers. Plenty of step-by-step photographs, along with a chapter outlining “Great Details for Bread and Pizza,” make this slim work a rival to any bread-baking tome. A variety of pizza recipes, including sweet potato and pear pizza and golden beets and duck breast “prosciutto” pizza, (along with an Oregon hazelnut butter cookie recipe), end the title and inspire readers to put on the apron and get out the flour.
—Publishers Weekly, 6/4/2012
“Ken Forkish’s story is as unique, interesting, and delicious as his famous breads and pizzas. The man abandoned his past, courageously stepped off the cliff and followed his passion, and the result has been a gift to all of us: great breads, fabulous pizzas, and now this beautiful book—Flour Water Salt Yeast—in which he reveals all.”
—Peter Reinhart, author of Artisan Breads Every Day and The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking
“Ken nails it, end of story, when it comes to the best levain bread or the thinnest, most perfect pizza crust you’ve ever had. He has set the bar for Portland bakeries—that’s why we use his bread at Le Pigeon. For anybody looking to bake amazing bread at home, this book is a must-have.”
—Gabriel Rucker, chef/owner of Le Pigeon restaurant
“This fun book offers more than just top-quality bread. Flour Water Salt Yeast reveals all the formulas, processes, tips, and tricks Ken established in his years of experience as a professional baker. But most importantly, it teaches home bakers how to create their own bread using multiple schedules and ingredient combinations. Hey—all that without having to get up to bake in the middle of the night.”
—Michel Suas, founder of the San Francisco Baking Institute and author of Advanced Bread and Pastry
“Ken Forkish is an artisan for our times, and the kind of ‘handcraft-it-yourself’ dreamer who makes Portland, Oregon, one of America’s top food destinations. This book is a handsome expression of his bread-baking vision: Forkish is a man unbound, obsessed by the science of fermentation, and excitedly sharing hard-won secrets and exacting recipes from his celebrated sourdough laboratory.”
—Karen Brooks, restaurant critic, Portland Monthly
About the Author
After a twenty-year career in the tech industry, KEN FORKISH decided to leave Silicon Valley and corporate America behind to become a baker. He moved to Portland, Oregon, and opened Ken's Artisan Bakery in 2001, followed by Ken's Artisan Pizza in 2006 and Trifecta Tavern in 2013. His first book, Flour Water Salt Yeast, won both a James Beard and IACP award.
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Also, another great feature of the book is schedule recommendation. It gives you different options with different amount of time you have, which is great, you just need to know your schedule a day in advance and pick the bread you can make.
The only thing I didn't follow in the book is the proofing bowls. I don't have them and don't want to spend $30+ for one that clearly cost no more than $1 to make and not worth $3. I simply sprayed oil and coated flour on salad bowls instead.
Note: you will need $100+ of new equipment for these recipes
I have made three of his breads and they all have turned out delicious.
The book came shipped with a little bit of damage to the border of the cover. I didn't bother returning it, it's a cookbook it's bound to get damaged.
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The pizza dough recipe is FANTASTIC. This is the closest I've gotten to reproducing restaurant style pizza at home. Can't wait to try the bread recipes.Published 1 month ago by HS
Great for first time bakers or experts. It has a good mix of recipes for different skill levels and explains techniques very well with diagrams.Published 1 month ago by Monica Simpson
amazing book! i got for my dad for xmas and he loved it so much. uses it all the time.Published 2 months ago by Kayla
I love this book. You have many recipes provided and they're all associated with a schedule so that you can pick and choose.
Techniques are well explained as well! Read more
Excellent quality, good read for bread baking. Looking forward to a new experience. thank youPublished 2 months ago by patrick bisson
Sadly I had to send this book back. The recipes looked great but I was not prepared to purchase the equipment that was required for the recipes.Published 2 months ago by Ashlea
Great bread on the very first try. Highly recommend this book.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey yokom
This book rocks! I actually borrowed it from the local library first having already purchased another book that I didn't really enjoy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karin Galliott O'Keeffe