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Bread machine research out-of-date, some recipes incomplete.
on January 20, 1999
Although I generally liked the format of this book, including the fact that it is bound in a ring-binder, allowing the pages to lie flat, it has too many flaws to recommend warmly. First, since its publication 2-3 years ago, bread machine technology has marched on. The bread machines tested for the recipes in the book were apparently capable of only one type of loaf, whereas most newer models can make 1, 1 1/2 and 2 lb. loaves. Thus, it is not always clear where newer bread machines fit into the descriptions in the book, such as "large Welbilt", "small Welbilt", etc. A further flaw, and one which makes the book very difficult to use, is that the table of contents is quite brief, listing only the major divisions of the book, such as whole wheat breads. Within these major divisions, there is no other guide to what lies within that division than to page through it, recipe by recipe. This is particularly irksome because the authors provide multiple receipes for each type of bread machine which they tested. Thus, the recipe for any one type of bread runs on for several pages of variations. Finally, although I've only made three of the recipes in the whole wheat section, one of those recipes, that for light wheat bread, appears to be incomplete in that it provides for no shortening or oil, an omission which made the resulting loaf burn to the bottom of the cooking vessel, making it nearly impossible to remove whole. On the plus side, the book has a very good introduction on general bread machine baking, and many of the recipes look good. Generally, however, the faults of the book, including its stale research, make it one which is hard to recommend.