Friday, March 8, 2013

Searching for the best bread books

Now that I'm looking for a good bread cookbook to replace the one I sold, I'm considering two books by Peter Reinhart, a baking instructor at Johnson and Wales University.

Moving overseas, I sold many of my books or left them behind - I couldn't afford to ship over 800 books!

This is one book I wish I had never sold.

At the time, there was no way I'd even consider kneading bread dough by hand, due to inflammation and compression in my wrists and hands. However, with a bread machine, it makes the process much simpler.

With about 150 recipes from countries around the world, the Cook's Encyclopedia of Bread, by Christine Ingram and Jenny Shapter, is the perfect home baker's reference, especially when you can grab a used copy of the book for under $1!

Half of the book  covers the history and variety of breads in various countries in great detail, sprinkled liberally with colour photos. Bread recipes fill the remaining 120 pages. The one negative point, is that the recipes are with volume measurements (cups), and are not precise.

Both of Reinhart's top-selling books, Artisan Breads Every Day, and The Bread Baker's Apprentice look stunning.

Even though some of the recipes are more involved than in other bread cookbooks (made over the course of a couple of days), the breads look amazing!

It's too hard to decide between these two, so both are on my wishlist.

What's your favourite bread book? Or your favourite bread type, if you're not a bread baker?
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