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Crust: From Sourdough, Spelt, and Rye Bread to Ciabatta, Bagels, and Brioche [With DVD] [Paperback]

Richard Bertinet
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16 Nov 2012
Richard Bertinet's revolutionary and simple approach gives you the confidence to create really exciting recipes at home. He begins by mastering the mighty Sourdough and making your own ferments so that you can make bread anytime. And then he takes a look at speciality breads, using a range of flours and flavours - why not try making Spelt Bread or experiment with Bagels and Pretzels? He follows by exploring the Croissant and all its wonderful variations as well as covering other deliciously tempting sweet breads such as Stollen and Brioche. With stunning step-by-step photography, simple advice and helpful techniques throughout, 'Crust' is a worthy following to a remarkable debut.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie Limited; 1 Pap/DVD edition (16 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781906868819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906868819
  • ASIN: 1906868816
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 22.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Bertinet trained as a baker in Brittany and at the Grand Moulin de Paris. After a position as Operations Director with the Novelli Group of restaurants Richard set up the Dough Co. in 2000. He then started The Bertinet Kitchen in 2005 in Bath and his cookery and baking classes sell out almost immediately. He is author of 'Crust' and 'Dough' and has just published a much anticipated book 'Cook: In a Class of Your Own' in April 2010.

Richard continues with his popular cookery and baking classes at Ther Bertinet Kitchen which sell out almost immediately and was named as the BBC Food Champion of the Year 2010 at the BBC Food & Farming Awards.

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'Although designed to appeal to customers of his baking courses,this is equally suited to someone new to baking who's been inspired by the artisan-made sourdoughs on sale at farmers' markets and swish bakeries.' --Time Out --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Bertinet trained as a baker in Brittany and at the Grand Moulin de Paris. After a position as Operations Director with the Novelli Group of restaurants Richard set up the Dough Co. in 2000 developing speciality breads for several of the supermarket chains and advising small food related businesses. In 2005 Richard launched The Bertinet Kitchen (www.bertinet.com), his immensely successful cookery school in Bath. His previous books (published by Kyle Books) include the bestselling Dough and Cook. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper bread - a revelation 13 Mar 2010
By K. Wan
I went searching for traditional recipes/methods for bread baking after being mildly disappointed with back-of-the-packet recipes on bags of flour.

I saw lots of positive reviews for Bertinet's books in general and plumped for Crust and its DVD. The methodology and technique was really unexpected! The recipes are clear and the methods easy to follow, though once you get going you might lose confidence in what you're doing. Just stick to the recipe to the letter and don't take short cuts. The dough is very wet and on the DVD the man himself shows you a special technique that takes some practise.

Good bread TAKES TIME!! Most of the recipes require you to make a starter or ferment that is left overnight, so you have a plan in advance, but it's worth the effort. I have used regular dried yeast with the recipes successfully; 10g of fresh yeast equates to just over half a teaspoon on dried yeast granules. After having dough stick to cotton towels and baking loaves with a layer of fuzz on them(!) I did invest in some high quality 100% linen towels (from the internet, you don't need to buy his!). Magically, dough does not stick to floured linen, and the fine semolina as a sliding agent works really well - no need to buy or make wooden 'peels', just an upturned baking tray will do.

The recipe for Ciabatta works very well - I will never buy Ciabatta from a store ever again! Nothing beats tearing into warm, fresh, airy bread and dipping into olive oil. This is not a book for beginners. For someone who has tried hand baking before with success and want to try more advanced techniques then this is ideal. Not to say that a beginner couldn't follow the recipes, they just might be put off by methods that take a few days to complete!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid sequel to Dough 23 Jan 2010
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I've been enjoying the author's earlier book, Dough, over recent weeks which has got me re-visiting bread-making by hand and gaining confidence that I can graduate to the greater delights, hinted at in Dough, that can be had by employing more complex techniques involving ferments or creating a sour-dough starter. These latter processes are explained and demonstrated in Crust, which like Dough is enticingly illustrated with mouth-watering pictures of what one is aiming at. The recipes are clearly laid out and the book is a pleasure to look at. As with the book Dough, accompanying Crust is a DVD that not only demonstrates the author's special technique for producing an elastic and strong dough, the basis of all good bread, but is also a masterclass on how to make brioche and clearly demonstrates the long-drawn-out process of creating a ferment that is the basis of real sourdough loaves. I think the DVD alone is worth the price of the book. It saves on having to go on a bread-making course.

Unless you're an experienced bread-maker I would recommend starting with the book Dough before tackling the recipes in Crust.

The author also has an on-line shop that sells some of the things you might need such as the special "lame" blade for slashing the tops of loaves and also, importantly, 500g blocks of fresh yeast Fresh yeast (500g) Next Despatch 26th January 2010.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You too can make fantastic bread! 9 April 2012
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I have bought quite a few 'bread' books over the years, and have followed many different experts' advice but always felt my bread wasn't quite a good as it could be. Now, armed with CRUST and DOUGH, both by Richard Bertinet, I feel confident I am creating the best bread I have ever tasted time after time. I have tried many of the different breads in both books now and can honestly say every one has worked. Everything is explained so you know exactly what to do and helpful photographs illustrate each process along the way.

What could be better on a wet Bank Holiday than sitting down to a homemade lasagne, a big green salad and a basket of sourdough bread - the BEST ever sourdough bread you have ever seen or tasted?!

Just a week and a half after I received CRUST, by following Mr Bertinet's instructions to the letter, and having watched his demonstration of the process on the included DVD, I have produced sourdough bread to be proud of! I am ecstatic!!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend CRUST (which covers the Sourdough bread process in detail), and DOUGH (the book that got me into his method of dough-making) to anyone interested in making their own bread - their own FANTASTIC bread!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a book to get your teeth into! 26 Oct 2007
What a fantastic book, very impressed with the quality of writing and the love and passion that has gone into writing it. The photography is absolutely stunning, I can almost smell the bread wafting up from the pages. It also comes with an excellent free DVD explaining about and showing you how to do some of the recipes in the book.
I have also got Richard Bertinet's first book 'Dough' which was excellent. I loved 'Dough' so much that I just had to go and learn some more at The Bertinet Kitchen cookery school mentioned in 'Dough'. I cannot believe that I can now make bread this good. If you love good bread and want to learn how to make bread you want to eat, then I would definitely recommend Crust and also Dough, it is certainly worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmm bread...
Fantastic book. Love some of the recipes from this, especially the sweet doughs. You can't go far wrong with the instructions and images and they guide you easily to making some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Helen RobInon
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot On!
This is a great book and we are very much looking forward to having the actual experience with Richard - have learnt so much about technique through this book.
Published 4 months ago by Sue Saffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
My son started baking bread a couple of years ago so this book really appealed as part of his Christmas. He has just about baked everything by now and loves the recipes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. MacLean
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I bought that book a few years ago and made several breads since. It explains step by step the sourdough bread in a way you can't miss. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Agnieszka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that helps you make great bread
This book is another Bertinet masterclass in bread-making and I highly recommend it.

I've been to his cookery school and he's a great teacher, whether it be in written... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Toby Waterworth
5.0 out of 5 stars better bread
Great fan of the first book so thought I would get this as well.

There are a few different techniques that aren't mentioned in the first book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. J. Went
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
this book is easy to follow and helps you bake good tasty breads which will surprise your friends so go and buy it
Published 9 months ago by Keith M. Scaife
5.0 out of 5 stars little more adventurous than Dough
This excellent book builds on 'Dough' although you can have either without the other I'm very pleased I have both. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Great explanation of the sourdough-making method, Unfortunately the first thing I learned was that I needed an oven stone, which recently arrived. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alan
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