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The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking Paperback – July 14, 1995

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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.
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About the Author

Brother Rick Curry, S.J., author of "The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking," is the founder and artistic director of the National Theater Workshop for the Handicapped. He is also an actor, a teacher, and a master breadmaker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (July 14, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060951184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060951184
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on February 19, 2003
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As an atheist I was wary of this book, but I actually enjoyed reading Curry's stories and Jesuit histories. The recipies are fantastic - well written and all have been successful so far. The only complaint I have is that the font in the recipies is too small, especially the fractions! Great book, great author.
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