Artisan Breads at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads
by Peter Reinhart
Publisher: Ten Speed Press, Country: US
ISBN: 9781580089982, Year: 2009
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Review

If you’re like me, you have a bookshelf dotted with bread making books that you thought would be the magic bullet to great bread. You may have picked up a tip or two but ultimately filed the book back away behind your Rachel Ray collection.

And then came the 5-minute bread craze of a few years past. Curmudgeons thought the blasphemy of dummying down the bread making process was the baking apocalypse, but ultimately it did allow home and pro bakers to improve the quality of their breads by better understanding the role of hydration and time.

Reinhart (always at the forefront of bread instruction) then steps in with this book incorporating the modern techniques with his greatest hits recipes. He succeeded in authoring an informative, enjoyable, useful book. However, there is not much that I would consider new in this book.

Artisan Breads Every Day: Fast and Easy Recipes for World-Class Breads is a good investment for someone starting out or who has given up on bread baking. Whereas the advanced baker may find this material redundant, those who are still rising to the occasion will find the consolidation of up-to-the-minute techniques easy to digest and incorporate. This masterful instructor incorporates the key techniques and tips into recipes that are crystal clear and easy to use. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can make your bread in five minutes, but with very minimal work, you can create bread that will most likely surpass your previous efforts. The techniques work and they’re accessible, and on that fact alone, this book is worth a read.

This is an original review for The Gastronomer’s Bookshelf.
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