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English Bread and Yeast Cookery [Hardcover]

Elizabeth David
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Book Description

30 Sep 2010
First published in 1977, and winning its author the coveted Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award, this universally acclaimed book is regarded by many as simply the best book ever written about the making of bread. It covers all aspects of flour-milling, yeast, bread ovens and the different types of bread and flour available. It contains an exhaustive collection of recipes, everything from plain brown wholemeal or saffron cake to drop scones and croissants; all described with her typical elegance and unrivalled knowledge. Even how to make your own yeast and keep it. But more than just a list of recipes, it is an insight into an interesting and informative home-baker. Enquire within on any point connected with baking and Miss David has the answer. Nor does it omit the history of bread making from the Exodus onwards, the iniquities of sliced bread and uncovers the dubious practices of some flour millers and bread manufacturers in the UK and elsewhere with amusing anecdotes and personal observations throughout. The writing style of this book has aged well and adds greatly to its charm. This is a book that should be included in every food lover's collection. Not just for those who love to cook but those who enjoy reading about food and its history, and of course it is an absolute must for keen bakers.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; 2 edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502874
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What David is really out to do is to explore the role of bread in English life over the past few centuries. Hence her recipe-section, too, proves to be a magnificent historical anthology filled with lore from every source imaginable - Robert May, Hannah Glasse, Eliza Acton, forgotten Women's Institute compilations, professional baking manuals, letters from readers...She goes as far afield as pizza, croissants, and a quiche involving Roquefort or other blue cheese. But her focus remains British breads, from Irish soda-bread (still called "a cake of bread" on its home turf) to crumpets...Generous quotations from memoirists, novelists, travelers, and knowledgeable acquaintances are interspersed among the old and modern recipes - without seeming in the least like window-dressing. ' --Kirkus Review

The best book ever written on the subject. --The Week

A delight to read ... a must for keen bakers and also those who enjoy reading about food and its history. Still regarded as the best book about baking bread ever written. --The Oxford Times

A delight to read ... a must for keen bakers and also those who enjoy reading about food and its history. --The Oxford Times

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 30 Jan 2011
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Very nicely produced reprint of this classic. A good read even if you never intend to bake bread but be prepared to be persuaded. Only complaint is that this edition doesn't include the originals photo plates although the text does refer to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars English Bread & Yeast Cookery 7 Oct 2010
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A simply great read. It provides a tremendous authoritive account charting the history of flour milling from its earliest beginnings through to the present day. Definitely more than just a collection of recipes. Superbly written too, peppered with anecdotal detail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great book to read just to get the history of bread making. The stories and recipes behind old techniques and reasons for baking certain types of bread provide a rich context for modern day bread-making. Making your own bread becomes that much more enjoyable. A lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible for Bread bakers 2 Oct 2010
By Johanna
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My title says it all, really. A friend bought me a copy years and years ago which is now falling apart, though this was not a replacement, but as a gift for another bread-maker enthusiast. It's simply the best, up there with Eliza Acton, but with good tried and tested recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just what the doctor ordered 5 April 2014
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more artisan bread coming up and now I can have my loaned copy back. fancy that, having to buy someone a copy just so you can have yours returned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 1 Mar 2014
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Love Elizabeth David, and this book will be the pride of my cookery book shelf along with the Bread Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for husband 13 Jan 2014
By Liz
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My husband has an original paperback copy but the pages are now falling out and some are stained due to use.
He was so pleased to receive this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth David does it again like no other. 23 Oct 2013
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If you have only one book on bread making, let this one be IT!!! Put it on your Christmas List.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars All you knead to know...
This is cimpendium of everything to do with bread making and the use of yeast down the ages. An ideal reference work.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book , especially for one starting bread baking . Great resource...
Beautifully written, full of information .A bread baking book I would treasure and take with me everywhere
Elizabeth David not to be missed
Published 11 months ago by Andrea Quirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
A must read for every baker from novice to expert. Great to pick up and read every now and then. Gives a great insight into all aspects of bread making. Great recipes too.
Published 11 months ago by calavera
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth David.
The tales through the book are often dated, but there is no denying the skill in the way the books are written
Published 11 months ago by Z. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to trying it
looks very interesting lots of info. I'm off on holiday next week so hope to get some quiet time to read.
Published 13 months ago by lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference Manual
Good easy to read base reference point with a lot of useful information. Found it easy to follow and interpret.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Brilliant service .... brilliant book - glad I bought it, now I can really get baking and do something more exciting with yeast.
Published 15 months ago by Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars baking authority
The bible of the baking world since the first edition in 1977. This is a replacement for mine which was disintegrating.
Published 16 months ago by david cox
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To understand how to cook really GOOD bread, this is the ONLY book to cover all aspects from seed to table
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