My Bread: The Revolutionary No-work No-knead Method Hardcover – Sep 22 2009
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“The secret to making a foolproof, nearly labor-free loaf that tastes as delicious as anything from a baker..... [Lahey] is the most intuitive bread baker I have ever met.” (Jeffrey Steingarten - Vogue)
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Praise for Jim Lahey and the Sullivan Street Bakery: Mr. Lahey s method is creative and smart. . . . What makes Mr. Lahey s process revolutionary is the resulting combination of great crumb, lightness, incredible flavor long fermentation gives you that and an enviable, crackling crust, the feature of bread that most frequently separates the amateurs from the pros. . . . With just a little patience, you will be rewarded with the best no-work bread you have ever made. Mark Bittman, New York Times The secret to baking a foolproof, nearly labor-free loaf that tastes as delicious as anything from a baker. . . . [Jim Lahey is] the most intuitive bread baker I have ever met. Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue Jim Lahey . . . opened the Sullivan St Bakery in 1994 selling breads no one in the city had made before. . . . Sullivan St became the name to look and ask for, and . . . became . . . the place to go for the incredibly airy, oil-brushed, lightly salted pizza Bianca, which is even better than that of the bakery in Rome s Campo de Fiori, Lahey s model and mentor. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic It s bread above all that [Lahey] knows and loves. . . . The man can do wonders with flour and water, massaged or not. . . . He can do fluffy, crunchy, supple, dense. He can do pizza Bianca man, oh man, can he do pizza Bianca those salty squares of almost entirely naked crust. Frank Bruni, New York TimesSee all Product description
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26/4/2010 - I had to add this: I have been baking this bread twice a week and use the following tips which I found in Jim Lahey's book review in Seattle Times, All you can eat section (including step by step pictures): I use my Kitchenaid mixer to mix the ingredients (why mess up my hands if I don't have to - results in 1 hook to handwash and I throw the bowl into the dishwasher). On second day, I form the bread on a large wooden board adding a little flour (literally, it takes 2 minutes) and then I place the formed loaf on a large piece of parchment paper placed over a 12 inch frying pan (that way I don't need to worry about the loaf spreading out too much - the dough is kinda wet) and cover it with a dry towel. I let it rise for about 1.5 hours. I preheat the oven and the cast iron pot to 500 degrees F. I lift the loaf out of the pan by picking up edges of the parchment paper and place the whole thing into the preheated pot, cover it with the lid and in it goes in the oven. If you want, you can double the recipe (I do - the bread goes way too fast to have to bake it again next day and it does keep well) and bake the entire large loaf. In that case keep the oven temperature at 500 degrees x 15 minutes, then lower to 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. If the crust looks too dark during the last 30 minutes, brush it with salty water lightly once or twice while baking and then once you place it to a rack to cool off. Enjoy!
The first 50 pages are really just him telling his story, but once you start getting into the breads and what not it is really incredible.
The recipe is quite forgiving and versatile. On my first try I really messed up (yet still turned out alright) but the second try it turned out really well making a cheese bread. Next stop, jalapeño cheddar bread!
As a professional chef this is the easiest way of making excellent bread.
If you are from European background you will love the nice crusts and textures those recipes produce.
All around an excellent investment.
I'm more clueless about baking than I am about most things, but I just baked an extraordinary loaf of bread - it has a beautiful crust (precisely like on the cover of the book) and tastes like it was baked by a baker who loves their work (not quite as yeasty as a sourdough, but very flavorful). It took me 20 minutes spread over 28 hours.
Highly recommended. Lahey's method works. It is (evidently) foolproof.