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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (June 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060951184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060951184
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Curry, a Jesuit brother and founder of the National Theater Workshop of the Handicapped, has also gained a reputation as a bread baker. His unusual, often absorbing book presents 80 recipes of all sorts along with anecdotes about the Jesuit community, the history of the order, and prayers and blessings. Some of the recipes are Curry's own, several are the daily breads he made as a novice, and many come from other Jesuit brothers and priests from Italy, Ireland, Mexico, and other countries. The recipes are good, and Curry writes well and engagingly; most baking collections will want this.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is my second time buying this book.
snowmuffin
Brother Curry's meditations and sidebar notes about life as a Jesuit, prayer, and lives of several saints are great reading in themselves.
Jeri-Lynn Woods
This was my first book on bread baking and I would recommend it as a lovely introductory book to the subject!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Juliana LHeureux on February 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
When you ponder the history of breadmaking, just consider the continuous creativity derived from mixing flour and water. As author Brother Rick Curry, S.J., says, "I'm reminded of the simplicity...A little flour and water and some other wholeseome ingredients make an infinte number of breads".
"The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking" is a delightful collection of spiritual stories and easy to understand bread recipes. Building on the mystique of the Jesuit religious order, Brother Curry kneads the spirtual life and writings of the order's founder Saint Ignatius Loyola into the recipe collection. Indeed, this colection might be particularly interesting for those curious to know more about the Jesuits without having to read a long historical account. At first, I was leary of the large number bread recipes presented because my success with breadmaking was non-existent. I thought, "Why should I buy a book about breadmaking when I've never been able to get the dough to the first rise"? Nevertheless, I wanted to try Brother Curry's recipe for Irish Soda Bread, cooked without yeast, so I purchased the book. Of course, I could have simply copied the recipe without buying the book, but my religious side thought this was being disingenuous. Now, I'm so glad I made the investment because reading the recipes is just as much fun as baking them. Many recipes do not require using yeast, a relief for my breakmaking anxiety. As I tired several different recipes, I became more confident to try at least one yeast recipe. Finally, voila, like a miracle, I actually make O'Brien's Oatmeal Bread! Obviously, I'm now a convert to Brother Curry's recipes and, of course, I intend to try several more recipes as my breakmaking skills are tested.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is modest in cover, quality of paper and method of baking but it has the best practical recipes for baking that I have come across. It does not excessively embellish nor waste the reader/baker's time.
My copy is marred with the stains of various flours, doughs, and oils from all the baking that I do from this book. I am pleased to say that the book shows a greater love than all my glossier books that sit on the shelf and are simply food porn (nice pictures but substance lacking).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Koenig on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I will never forget when I stumbled upon this cookbook. It was laying on a table at the Tulsa Public Library and since I was currently interested in the Jesuits and their Cathlocism (I'm married to a New Testament major) I picked it up. I had been selling my egg bread loaves to neighbors and as a new bride, hadn't any other cookbooks than the Better Homes and Garden, thus was interested in more recipes. After reading it cover to cover, I squeezed the money out of our meager college budget, I bought this book as soon as I could afford it. I have a great deal of affection for this book as I have baked from it for over eleven years and have had nothing but success and a great deal of raves from family and friends alike on the results.

Since I always save my five stars for a book that's a good buy for the frugal at heart, I can recommend it for no other reason that it is a bargain as it is really full of useful bread recipes. For example--it covers cornbread (three kinds including Johnnycake), Irish breads, wheat breads, all sorts of rolls and buscuits, starter breads (sourdough for Dummies, trust me), potato breads and even Jewish breads! I consider this an essential book for anyone who enjoys breadmaking, even if you only use a breadmaker.

I'd like to remark on the one reviewer's disparaging of the text and his saying this book has errors: I have yet to find one and as for the text, I absolutely love it--they are short sweet asides about the history of bread in both the Catholic church and world in general. His personal asides are insightful and inspiring, my personal favorite being the story he tells about first joining the Jesuits where he was assigned to managable portions of butter for the kitchen off of a huge block that was delivered to their residence.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1996
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I always had trouble with yeast breads. Brother Curry gave
me the inspiration and help I needed to make mouth-watering
bread easily. His anecdotes to each recipe made this the
first cookbook I ever read from cover to cover.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
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This is an excellent resource for those interested in learning about bread. Brother Curry is a natural teacher and does an excellent job of explaining the pitfalls and joys of each step of making bread. The recipes are hearty and delicious. There are many examples of breads from Jesuit brothers from around the world. Secrets of Jesuit Bread Making will be an instant success for anyone who is interested in the spiritual side as well as the art of bread making.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Bee Bee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought the companion book, "The Secrets of Jesuit Soupmaking: A Year of Our Soups" and was really knocked out by the tone and style of that book. So, naturally I tried "The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking" and I found it to be the perfect complement to the former title. There is something decidedly refrshing about a book that combines the concepts of faith and baking. Anybody who's spent a day in the kitchen making bread from scratch will attest that it can be a somewhat spiritual event.
If bread is the staff of life, then "The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking" is a superb introduction to the art. Highly recommended.
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