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The Bread Book: The Definitive Guide to Making Bread by Hand or Machine [Paperback]

Sara Lewis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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15 Feb 2006
This essential recipe book tells you everything you need to know about breadmaking and shows you just how easy shaping and baking your own bread can be. With 75 recipes ranging from a traditional Granary Loaf to Feta and Spinach Twists, Cheese and Chutney Corkscrews, Pretzels, Doughnuts and international favourites such as Foccacia and Brioche. Step-by-step instructions to help you master the basic techniques, along with tricks of the trade to help you achieve the perfect finish!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; Reissue edition (15 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600614735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600614739
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 22.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"4 out of 5 - Great recipes"
-- Real Homes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sara Lewis was the cookery editor of Practical Parenting magazine for over 12 years. She is the author of Kids in the Kitchen and Gourmet Low Carb, published by Hamlyn.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent bread book 4 April 2004
This book was a Christmas present. I have not stopped baking ever since! All the receipes I have tried have been a 100 percent result and the whole family love it. I am following all the receipes by hand, but I am also tempted to buy a bread machine to make life a bit easier. I can only recommend this book to anyone who fancies making their own bread.
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99 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bread Book Ever 13 Sep 2004
This is the best bread making book I have ever had. The book gives the methods for both the bread maker machine and the hand baking for each recipe. Unusually in a bread book - both methods work! I can particularly recommend the recipe for the Couronne which uses yogurt and gets as close as you can get to sour dough bread but without all the fuss of a starter. My husband's favourite is the Oat and Molasses bread and the Rye and Soured Cream is very tasty as well. I have even been inspired to produce croissants from this book. They were excellent as well!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need! 2 July 2007
By Ness
A really good selection of recipes, from the everyday to the really imaginative, there is no bread style I can think of that isn't covered by this fabulously illustrated and clearly set out book. If you have a breadmaker, buy it - you can't go wrong! If you're adventurous enough to make bread by hand, I'm sure you'll love it too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good buy 16 Jun 2008
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I only started making bread a few weeks ago. I have got a breadmaker but I do a lot by hand as well and this book caters for both methods.
Another very good thing is the fact that you can choose how big a loaf you want to make (500g, 750g or 1kg) and the ingredient quantities are already adjusted for you!
An awesome book, a great investment and a fantastic incentive to get you into making bread - it definitely worked on me!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Speciality Breads 2 Aug 2008
By JayBe
An attractive book with lovely pictures and a variety of sweet and savoury breads. However I was hoping for a choice of good basic breads but there is only one for wholemeal bread and it's for a rapid light wholemeal loaf. i.e. lots of yeast and almost half white flour.
If you've already got good basic recipies and looking for different breads for a change then you'll probably like this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
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An excellent bread making book, ideal for beginners and as suited to those using bread machines as to those making bread by hand. Each recipe comes with instructions for both hand making and bread machine use. Some recipes can be completely finished in a bread machine although I think it would be fair to say that the majority of bread machine recipes are made using the dough programme and then finished by hand. It is also worth noting that recipes are calibrated in grams/oz and in cup sizes and the book should therefore suit US bakers too. At the beginning of the book there is also a useful section which "translates" ingredients for US readers.

The first chapter provides recipes for everyday breads. The bread machine instructions for these are set out in three sizes so you won't need to work out quantities for different sized loaves. The next chapter, my favourite, covers rustic breads: for example, there is a mixed seed loaf, fabulous sage and parmesan flutes, rye bread, and ciabatta. Thereafter there are chapters covering flavoured breads (e.g. spiced potato & onion bread), sweet breads (banana & chocolate bread, chocolate & pecan spiral, malt loaf amongst others), flat breads (includes pizzas, grissini, pitta bread, focaccia & more). The final four chapters are Little Breads, Festive Breads, Yeast-free Breads & Gluten-free breads.

All in all, there is pretty much something for everyone. The instructions are clear, and for those recipes I have tried, the results have been excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bread Made Easy 25 Oct 2009
By M. Hin
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This is a great book for beginners such as myself. But I am missing some very basic breads. Like where are the french stick and baguettes? And it does have a section where there are some breads from other cultures but this section is a bit meager I think. Having said that, each bread made so far has been a triumph!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bread 30 April 2009
Very good book lots of lovely ideas for different types of bread. I dont use a machine so I can only comment on making the bread by hand. I have passed some of the recipes to friends and they are all into making home bread.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars good
I used it was what I thought it was going to be it worked well in my machine very good
Published 1 month ago by melanie mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I was recommended this book when I bought my dressmaker. It is now the staple book for any bread recipe
Published 1 month ago by Lee Priestley
5.0 out of 5 stars A++++++
Great condition given as a gift very happy and it's to replaced a book I borrow from my mum tks
Published 1 month ago by Bloodyeyes2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not
Bought this when I was on a roll after Bertinet.
All grist to the mill. If you like cooking then it is only a
short trip before you start to think you can bake... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Millett
4.0 out of 5 stars Bread book.
Not a bad book. Have tried a few recipes, which have come out well.Prefer my others books on bread making. Easy to follow recipes.
Published 9 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good food!
I found this book whilst visiting my brother-in-law. We cooked a couple of the recipes and they were delicious. also the book is easy to follow.
Published 10 months ago by S. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars A present for my husband!
We'd been looking at breadmaking for a while, but wanted a book that allows us to do this by hand, instead of making the bread using a machine. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Col66
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
Really good book if you love making breads, has both the traditional way of making and the breadmaker recipes too...
Would recommend...
Published 12 months ago by Mark Chafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift.
This was very well received and was put to imidiate use by and enthusiastic bread maker. Arrived on time as advertised!
Published 14 months ago by M. Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars love the book
this is what l really need, any first timer can understand it, l am going to enjoy baking more now.
Published 14 months ago by nne
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