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Secrets of a Jewish Baker: Recipes for 125 Breads from Around the World Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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The book opens with wonderful notes on basic materials you'll need (as well as optional ones), ingredients, special bakers' techniques, handy tricks and tips to make things easier on yourself, and even a trouble-shooting section to help you figure out what might have gone wrong with a loaf of bread and how to fix it. Usually such sections teach me nothing new; here I definitely learned things.
As for the recipes, they come out nothing short of stunning. The cheese bread disappeared so fast you'd think it had been a figment of our imaginations. Most surprisingly for me, the cracked wheat bread and bran bread disappeared just as quickly-I think of bran as tasteless and unappealing, but these healthy breads were moist, tender, and delicious. The coffee cake made a yummy (if rather sinful) breakfast, as did the peach streusel muffins. The techniques for creating great crusts worked like magic, particularly on the Irish raisin bread, which was similarly delightful.
The book includes a handful of morning "programs" of baking that interleave instructions for several recipes at once, enabling you to easily make a week's worth of bread in one morning. This worked beautifully for us.Read more ›
Along the way I've also been collecting cookbooks - I now own something on the order of 400 or so, many going back 100 years or so. Quite some few of those are collections of bread recipes from names you know like James Beard and Peter Reinhart and people you've never heard of. Most of them line the walls in my living room and kitchen. Secrets of a Jewish Baker: Recipes for 125 Breads from Around the World is my latest addition and in an instant it has won my heart. Certainly it would have a prominent place in my All Time Favorite Cookbooks list - probably in the Top Five. And if I could own just one bread book, this would have to be the one!
Some while back Peter Reinhart taught me to bake bagels (finally!) from his ...Read more ›
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This is a great recipe book for those who love to bake. The breads are delicious, and the baking plans have helped me bake a wonderful variety of breads for my family on Saturday... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Margaret L. Ells
I have found many interesting recipes here, as well as tips for better bread making. Excellent recipes and also interesting to read the comments by the author.Published 19 days ago by J. Frazier
All ready has changed my bread outcomes. Could hear Grandma whispering in my ear, sometimes arguing with Mr. Greenstein, usually agreeing. Very informative from flour to spatulas. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Blugrass
Bought this last year and love it. I have made several of the breads as well as rolls and they turn out perfectly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Smith
Easy transaction, delivered quickly, just as described.There are some great bread recipes in here!Published 1 month ago by William A. Mains
I can almost smell the wonderful scents coming out of the oven on Thursday afternoons at my grandmother's house in Woodbridge, CT (her cinnamon raisin bread was to die for). Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. LaPierre
For baking, this gives a person great ideas in the kitchen on bread, how to make rye bread raise better and other small known facts you won't find other places. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer Alpha
I have been looking high and low for the recipe for the rye sour starter. I grew up with sourdough rye and never could get used to lappy American bread. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer