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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Artisan Bread Paperback – August 3, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
I work full time but find with this book I can still prepare incredible bread over a weekend.
The book takes the mystery out of making bread.
The ingredient listings seem to be an image rather than text. A minor annoyance.
There are some significant problems with this book. First, the book is nothing but an explanation of the technique, tools, and then some recipes. That, in itself, is not a problem. The problem is that it's an "Idiot's Guide". So, wouldn't you think that there would be descriptions of what the recipe should look like, or feel like at different steps? For example, the Brioche recipe calls for 2 1/2 cups of bread flour and only 1/2 cup of water. This creates an extraordinary dry dough. But the technique says that the dough should be wet for the the no-knead technique to work. It would be great if the recipe said, "your dough will be extremely dry" . In contrast, the Challah dough is extraordinarily wet. The recipe says to roll it into a ball! Well, you'll never get it in a ball because it's like mud.
I don't know if the author is some hack desk jockey who threw this book together in an hour or two, but she's certainly no expert.
There are better bread making books. Don't be fooled by this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for my sister -- she says
that it looks like a really great cookbook!
well written and easy to understand. good recipes and the author covers a wide variety of breads and other treats too.Published on January 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Fantastic. I'm an experienced baker and learned even more. Has solid information basic and beyond. Recommend this to anyone interested in understandingPublished on October 14, 2013 by Aunt Susan
Well laid out, easy to use. Step by step instructions are easy to follow and tips (Baker's Dozen, Bread Head, Loaf Lingo etc) are interesting and helpful. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Janet D Beemer
My wife loves it. She has baked several recipes and they were tasty.
The book is getting hard to find, and we got a great deal.