- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; Anniversary edition (August 22, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157062089X
- ISBN-13: 978-1570620898
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,711,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tassajara Bread Book Paperback – Deluxe Edition, August 22, 1995
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"The bible for bread baking."—Washington Post
"Rarely has such a book of such simplicity underscored so well the joy of culinary discovery."—Bon Appetit
"This was the first cookbook I ever bought for myself, back when it was first published. To this day, I consider The Tassajara Bread Book to have been a major influence not just on my cooking and baking, but on my attitude and philosophy about food in general. Thank you, Ed Brown, for this lasting gift."—Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook and The Enchanted Broccoli Forest
About the Author
Edward Espe Brown began cooking and practicing Zen in 1965. He was the first head resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center from 1967 to 1970. He later worked at the celebrated Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, serving as busboy, waiter, floor manager, wine buyer, cashier, host, and manager. Ordained a priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he has taught meditation retreats and vegetarian cooking classes throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of several cookbooks and the editor of Not Always So, a book of lectures by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2007 film How to Cook Your Life.
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The basic recipe, honey oat sandwich loaf, french bread, and multi grain are all good. English muffins are surprisingly easy and so much better than store bought. The sourdough pancakes are amazing. And the muffin recipe is so simple and delicious. Sometimes I double the sweetener (still doesn't make things anywhere near as sweet as store bought). Would give 5 stars, but don't love the new format of the book--the old one use to be more compact and easier to understand for counter top use.
Above all, I found this book a good reminder of why I started baking bread in the first place - the slowing down, the feel of the dough under your hands, the smell and satisfaction of a simple loaf of bread that you made yourself.
For those that aren't familiar with this book, it's more like bread theory in an easy and laid-back to read, almost proverbial form. Lots of basic tips which I've even applied to other types of cooking not in this book. IE, how to care for yeast, start new sour-dough starters from rice, rules for oil and eggs. All bakers stand to gain from this book. This book is next to my copy of Joy of Cooking.
Tassajara Bread Book was written around the Zen Center in San Francisco in the 60s, originally published in 1970. The story I heard growing up, which I don't think is in the book, was that Zen practitioners get a task associated with their meditation, and this book is an example of the results of one of those tasks. For the author, Edward Espe Brown, this was supposedly his task to master. In the book, Edward describes bread-making as his calling.
Was pleasantly surprised to see this is hard-back. One of the books was not in ideal condition, the spine was mis-glued. Has a few color images.
"Flowers are angels from distant stars come down to earth with their heavenly message. The more time you spend with them, the more you touch them, tend them, sit with them, regard them, the more you hear their message." ... "To wait on yeast is to feed, keep house, keep it warm, clean its air, empty its garbage, and cater to it's whims. Getting angry at its failings does not help. Providing patient, loving care and food for growth does...."
If the methods in this book work for others, then, this is a good book for sure. I still need to try.