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The Art of Baking Bread: What You Really Need to Know to Make Great Bread Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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author states that he wrote this book to enable beginners to decipher other books. he included photos and implies that he needed to do this as this type of resource doesn't exist elsewhere.
the photos are excellent and the descriptions and instructions very good. if you are a beginner and are willing to accept his way of doing things it is a welcome addition to the bookshelf. however, he skips kneading with a machine, declares punching down dough "archaic", declares multiple things better than others without proof. he does state that he is ignoring machine kneading because that isn't what his book is about. fair point, but the overwhelming majority of bread will eventually use it. a page or two would be helpful. similarly, he declares punching down to be "archaic" and yet what he terms "folding" is simply punching down and chafing combined. he also makes way too much of what he apparently believes is a unique discovery. why, you can use your oven as a rising box! who knew?
as for the implication that his is the only instruction with picture book resource available, i have two on my shelf. "Bread" by Treuille and Ferrigno and "My Bread" by Lahey. others exist.
this book has almost no recipes. that (aside from annoying me on page 12) is its major weakness.Read more ›
Have to agree that the reviewer with the oven would win over Matt and his scales!!! Funny though that 'fool' did not put me into distress. It did make me realize his seriousness over weighing ingredients. Would the bread made 1000 years ago be as good as the bread we weigh today? Some how I doubt it.
Yes, the pictures were not top quality but did flow with the instructions. Still a good investment for my money.
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I was pretty excited to receive this book. I had been wanting to get back into making sourdoughs again. But I was sorely disappointed when I opened the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by VictoriaAnna
Be Ready! This is a science book. But worth the read to understand great bread making.Published 17 months ago by R. Harmon
Baking good bread is an art. The pictures are beautiful. Insightful thoughts on perfect bread even every time you bake.Published on February 5, 2014 by J. Buehring
I have found after 40 yrs. as a home cook I have often given up because I'm not sure if I am doing the right technique or using the right equipment or the right ingredients. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by GAP