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The Italian Baker, Revised: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside--Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies [Hardcover]

Carol Field
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15 Dec 2011
Carol Field spent two years traversing Italy to capture the regional specialities and then adapting them through rigorous testing in her own kitchen. When first published in 1985, Field's impeccably written, authentic recipes were a revelation to those used to only stereotypical Italian fare. This latest edition, updated for the new generation of home bakers, has added full-colour photography plus new ingredients and equipment sections, source guides, weights and measurements, and instructions for the natural yeast method. One of the most revered baking books of all time, this landmark work will continue to be a must for every serious baker.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (15 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607741067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607741060
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I love Italian breads such as focaccia and ciabatta but always felt that the shop-bought variety probably hardly resembles the authentic stuff. So I bought a copy of Carol Field's Italian Baker and made my own. All I can say is, it was definitely worth it. I always thought ciabatta was a very difficult bread to make because it is so wet, but since I made it using this book I have not bought a ciabatta from a shop for about 3 years and never will!

Carol Field divides her book into the following chapters:

BAKING BASICS (discussion of ingredients, equipment and method)

REGIONAL AND RUSTIC BREADS (includes olive oil bread, saltless tuscan bread, dark tuscan bread, Genzano bread, Merano rye, Sicilian bread, and lots more. My favourites in this chapter are the Como bread with a lovely crispy crust, olive rolls, Terni bread, and the ciabatta.)

MODERN BREADS (includes vegetable and herbs breads, as well as various-grain breads. The tomato bread is awesome as is the cheese bread. Marvellous chapter!)

USING LEFTOVER BREADS (savoury dishes and desserts)

CELEBRATION BREADS (a lovely selection of sweet breads with various additions such as nuts, fruit peel, dried fruit, spices)

ROLLS AND BREADSTICKS

PIZZA AND FOCACCIA

ELEGANT BREADS (sweet and savoury croissants, turnovers, tarts, strudels, appetizers)

TARTS AND PIES

CAKES

COOKIES

I definitely recommend Carol Field's book as it is a massive collection of every recipe you might ever need, for every occasion, whether it is a nice baguette to go with pasta, a rye bread for sandwiches, a pizza for the family, a cake for Christmas, or just quick cookies after work when you don't have much time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enough to bake for the rest of my life 23 Nov 2011
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this books is full of amazing recipes and very inspiring. i don't eat a lot of bread, but when i do, i always bake my own. my next project will be the panettone! shame that there aren't more photos in the book. a lot of the things in here sound unfamiliar to me and it would be nice to get an idea of what the finished result is supposed to look like. on the bright side, it really is PACKED full of recipes. i love it and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Italian baking revealed 15 Sep 2014
By Miranda
Format:Hardcover
I bought a copy of the first edition a few years ago and find it is the book I turn to when looking for a definitive recipe. Carol Field has done her homework well and as a result the recipes are reliable. The same can be said for another of her books, "In Nonna's Kitchen". Neither book is of the glamorous, coffee table genre, but if you are serious about Italian cooking, these books should be in your kitchen.
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