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Brilliant Bread [Hardcover]

James Morton
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Book Description

29 Aug 2013

Winner of the 2014 Guild of Food Writers Award for Cookery Book of the Year.

James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle jumpers and eccentric showstoppers, this soft-spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy.

James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of "proper" bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques.

Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091955602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091955601
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[an] excellent bread bible... Extraordinarily well-written and produced, engaging for beginners with something to offer even the seasoned pro, this is a potential long-term classic" (Tim Hayward Financial Times)

"Morton’s cheerful, geeky enthusiasm communicates itself on every page, and step-by-step pictures make learning the various techniques needed easy." (Carolyn Hart Telegraph)

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Exciting new collection of simple bread recipes from hugely popular Great British Bake Off finalist James Morton

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last something new! 18 Oct 2013
By Matt
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I have only one criticism of this book; I wish it was longer! Don't get me wrong, you get your money's worth. There is no sense that it's padded or over-priced, which is more than can be said for some books coming out of the Great British Bake Off. It's just that it isn't a massive work and it is so good I didn't want it to end; I have actually read it cover to cover, a compliment I have paid to vanishingly few cookbooks. I sympathize, they guy is a medical student after all but I do hope he writes another book before being sucked into the horrors of post-graduate medical education.

On to what you are buying. There are two things you ought to know that should make you want this book.

1. Most book on baking recycle the same tired cliches without contributing anything new to the field. The authors have apparently never made a mistake from which they learned something new or conducted a controlled experiment. You just get what the books they read and the people they studied under told them. This is common right across the field of cooking where all kinds of nonsense is recycled as gospel but it seems to me to be particularly bad in baking. The first book I read to challenge the orthodoxy was Dan Lepard's The Handmade Loaf: Contemporary Recipes for the Home Baker and frankly it was the last one I had read as well. James Morton's book "Stands on the shoulders of giants" and taking Lepard's developments goes further. Perhaps it is the result of combining baking with a scientific education. I am a pretty good baker and as such recipes are pretty much all I get from most bread books.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I already own a number of bread baking books and thus wasn't sure I needed another one. Whilst I am very experienced with baking yeasted breads, I had never attempted a sourdough before buying this book.

All other books I own that feature sourdough recipes (amongst them the Bourke Street Bakery and Bouchon Bakery Book) didn't explain the process of making a starter and using it as well as Brilliant Bread does. Since buying the book, I have successfully made a number of sourdough breads, all of them turning out beautifully.

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned baker or have just figured out how to turn on your oven, this is the book you want. Clear and concise instructions make these recipes fail safe and you will never be tempted to buy a less than stellar loaf from the supermarket again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming brilliant! 26 Oct 2013
By Emma
Bought this book after reading rave Tweets about it, and also wanting to improve my bread making!
James Morton takes ALL the worry and mystery away, and inspires you with the confidence to roll up your sleeve and start weighing flour. The foreword is very informative and fun, and the recipes themselves are delicious and so easy to follow- who knew you could leave dough to prove in the fridge overnight?!
Book itself is beautiful, with glorious pictures printed on lush, thick pages.
Definitely recommend this, would make an exceptional Christmas present- to a loved one or yourself :-)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 21 Oct 2013
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I bought this book since I enjoyed seeing James on 2012's Bake Off and liked his passion for bread. I'm an experienced (although amateur) baker, but haven't experimented much with breadmaking. I've had mixed results with various other bread books and thought I'd give this a try. It is great, there is lots of detailed information about all aspects of breadmaking; the equipment, the techniques, the science behind it all which is all very useful and interesting. The recipes themselves are great and I've had some fantastic results, excellent bagels and some delicious gingerbread stand out. The book isn't patronising and has a wide range of recipes, so everyone should find something they can try and enjoy. Highly recommended and definitely my go-to book on bread now.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic informative book. 4 Oct 2013
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I got into bread baking a few months ago and have had a lot of success. My success was based on what other books told me to do.

I purchased this book as recommended by a friend and found that not only did it contain a lot of recipes and good ideas, but also explained the science behind baking which has allowed me to understand it further and get even better results from my baking.

Well worth purchasing.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Sep 2013
By Miz
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The best book I have ever found about bread making. Clear explanations of how and what to do. Science and bread making enthusiasm with recipes that really work without expecting you to be a trained chef or master baker.
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kneads to be bought! 1 Sep 2013
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As someone whose bread machine has been roundly condemned in the most personal terms by Mr Morton, I might be expected to react with hostility to his insistence on actually touching things like flour in order to produce edible loaves. Also, I've had to clear up the mess he's left in our kitchen on many an occasion. This is an opportunity for vengeance!

However, I will admit to having been convinced by this book (which I bought with my own money) to mix, knead and bake my own bread. Successfully. These recipes work. I have eaten a great many of Mr Morton's loaves, in fact, and can vouch for their tastiness, texture and indeed total brilliance.

And another thing: this is a really well-written book, in proper, intelligent, well-proven, carefully fired prose, solely by Mr Morton. Indeed, it's the best-written cookery book you will find outside of Manuel Vazquez Montalban's Recetas Inmorales (Immoral Recipes). And that's in Spanish.

So, in conclusion. Mr Morton is much more than a TV show contestant with a book out. This may be the only volume on bread you'll ever knead (sorry), and it's a pleasure to both use and read. I unreservedly recommend it. I have binned the bread machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exellent sensible easy to follow cook book
Published 22 hours ago by maggie huws
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to be able to make bread, this is a good place to start.
Excellent book with lots of good tips
Published 6 days ago by Love Books
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good, really practical, really brilliant book.
An excellent book - and I'm an experienced bread baker, so don't be put off by thinking this is for beginners. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative book with good pictures showing lots of the steps as well...
I bought this to use some of the recipes in my breadmaker as I hoped to expand my current collection of breadmaking books. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr. A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book. Fills you with justified confidence.
Very readable and the results have been very edible. The bread has been so good right from the start that I'm hooked and being pestered by my wife to make us a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by First Direct
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely book
Published 28 days ago by Jessie Corson
5.0 out of 5 stars A WOW! of a book!!!
The best and only bread book you'll ever need. I've been making ok bread for quite a while, following closely recipes' instructions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. L.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by levi
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for new and not-quite-new bakers
I liked James on the Bake Off and thought he was a really good baker so was pleased to buy this book for my son. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vivirose
3.0 out of 5 stars ... a chance to read much of it but looks good.
Have not had a chance to read much of it but looks good.
Published 1 month ago by Betty J. Howard
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