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Information first priority, recipes second
on April 27, 2011
If you don't want to take the time to read up on the ins and outs of the science of breadbaking, choosing and storing flours, how to get the tastiest loaf, etc., this book is not for you. Nor is this one of the many 'no-knead' method books on the market, altho' there are a few of those in here too. I have about six other bread books where you follow the recipe, close your eyes, and hope for the best; the focus of those books are on turning out bread, along with some rudimentary information tossed in for good measure. There's nothing wrong with that, it was the way I got my juices flowing with this hobby, but this book takes it further in the information arena. The title is appropriate, "A Home course" on breadbaking. I have gained new and useful information despite the fact I have been baking bread over a 1 1/2 yrs, now having some answers to some nagging questions I have been holding onto. I made "ricotta bread" last night to use up the last 3/4 cup of ricotta I had leftover from Easter. It was easy, tasty, and straightforward. It is impossible to cite examples of why this book is useful, so suffice it to say, it's more of a reference book than a cookbook. If you have a question about bread and all that that entails, you will pull THIS book off your shelf to glean the info. There are simple straight dough and sourdough recipes in here, whole grain too. I have more recipes to try and will report back later. In summary, this book is not a repeat of the other books I have, it has its own unique reason for being. With that in mind, it's up to you to decide what you are specifically looking for when buying a breadbaking cookbook.