- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845333896
- ISBN-13: 978-1845333898
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Handmade Loaf: Contemporary Recipes for the Home Baker Paperback – 15 Feb 2008
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"As fresh and as mouth-watering as a loaf straight from the oven...
the author's own step-by-step photographs are genuinely
Jenni Muir, The Independent Review
"(Lepard's) supreme skill is his empathy with people who bake,
from grandmothers using ancient ovens to cutting-edge chefs."
Sheila Keating,The Times Magazine
"It oozes knowledge, curiosity and love for its subject... I doubt a better
book will be written on the subject for a few years to come."
Tom Jaine, The Guardian
Dan Lepard is the most watched and talked about baker in Britain More than 90 recipes Includes authentic stories about some of the most innovative domestic bakers in Europe, with photographs taken at their homes in their native countries Perfect for both experienced bakers and home cooks who want to know more Will be the authoritative and inspirational book on baking that any baker will want on their shelfSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
As well as the recipes, the book contains accounts of bakers and baking traditions across Europe, as well as photos of actual bread (it looks like it was made by a human being)and real bakers instead of the usual cosmetically perfect food photography. For Dan Lepard making and eating bread is evidently a very personal and human thing. What I'm trying to say is the book has personality.
Above all, the recipes and procedures work, and Dan Lepard makes it simple, like all the best teachers. It transformed my baking.
If you've got an aspiring breadmaker on your gift list, buy this book, an inexpensive set of digital scales and a few bags of flour and sit back and await the results.
Don't believe me, find out for yourselves.
Little chapters from artisan bakers from around the world can be found inbetween the recipes, making this a good read, as well as an informtive resource.
The book has some fine, wholesome recipes with a strong leaning toward hearty rustic breads. Each recipe is presented in detail with the author often offering explanation far beyond the basics.
I would hesitate in purchacing this book if looking for a quick bread machine fix however. The recipies are very versatile and every attempt is made to show the reader how each can be adapted but if you're looking for a simple list of ingredients and a recipe that reads "put everything into your bread machine and wait" then there are more straightforward (though not more appetizing) bread-books available.
I would suggest that to any keen home baker wanting to push their skills up a notch or anyone who wants to know the difference between Canadian and British wheat this is an invaluable resource. It's also a great coffee table book and a fantastic culinary roadtrip.
In short, buy it... Just wait for a couple of seconds before committing to a purachace if you're looking for convenience.
One word of warning though: this is not a book for those in a hurry. Many of the recipes require the use of a leaven (a fermented flour and water mixture) which can take a week to get started (and which needs periodic maintenance) and requires the resulting dough to be rested and proved for longer than in direct (yeast based) baking. A typical recipe starting at 8am will need attention at regular intervals until 12pm and then a 4 or 5 hour proving so by the time the loaf is baked it has taken 9 or 10 hours. This will not fit with everyone's lifestyle, but if you can manage it the results are superlative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kindle edition was not readable - lots of jumps bertween sections made it impossible. Do not buy.Published 3 days ago by E. Hart
Great book i use it to teach the kids and its got a great variety of foolproof exact recipes we love itPublished 5 days ago by William
I bought it for my brother who following this book, he makes amazing bread!! I should get one for myself and start baking as well! Yum!!Published 4 months ago by E Calvo-Trindade
Really nicely written, Dan is obviously passionate about making bread. Have made one of the recipes.. yum!Published 8 months ago by Mrshappyanna