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on 11 March 2013
If you're looking for a book purely made up of different bread recipes then you may be better looking at Paul's previous book, How to Bake. In this book you get a bread recipe and a spin off dish for that bread. Personally I think this book expands nicely on the previous How to Bake book. I was given How to Bake for Christmas and have been baking bread religiously since, (be warned, once you home bake you'll never want supermarket bread again!), but after three months of sandwiches, rolls and toast overload, it's lovely to have this book show me new ideas and ways to incorporate the bread I make into meals for the family. A few examples from the book are the rye, ale and oat bread, which is followed by a plum and apple chutney recipe to go with your ploughman's. Stilton and bacon rolls and a celery soup. Malt loaf and then a marmalade and malt loaf pudding. There's some lovely pate recipes too.

As always with Paul, he's plain talking, very knowledgeable and explains everything beautifully, it really is like having him there with you when you're baking. There is an abundance of photo's in this book. Every recipe has a full page photo, and there's plenty of step by step photo's to help guide you through the making and baking. (which is incredibly helpful when you're new to bread making, don't necessarily know what things are supposed to look like, or how to do something, or actually, if you're just a visual learner.)

The book is divided up into:
Classic Breads (bloomer, rye ale and oat bread, stilton and bacon rolls, rye and spelt bread, trencher bread, malt loaf, and their accompanying recipes)
Soda Breads (soda bread, stout bread, crumpets, cheddar and rosemary scones, soft treacle parkin, and their accompanying recipes)
Flatbreads (pitta breads, curried naan with sultanas, maneesh, wraps, corn tortillas, and their accompanying recipes)
Continental Breads (mini baguettes, ciabatta, pizza base, pain de savoie, trio of biscotti, and their accompanying recipes)
Sourdough (sourdough starter, classic sourdough, basil and coriander sourdough, olive sourdough fougasse, white chocolate and raspberry bread, and their accompanying recipes)
and Enriched Breads (Danish pastry dough, savoury brioche couronne, Sicillian lemon and orange sweet bread, Satsuma and dark chocolate brioche, lardy cake, and their accompanying recipes)

Well worth purchasing in my opinion. I'm looking forward to watching the BBC television series to go with the book and seeing what Paul does next.
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on 24 February 2013
I have Paul Hollywoods 2 other books and I was dithering as to whether I really needed another one but I had a look at it in a bookshop (and yes I bought it there, sorry amazon but I still want shops in my street for retail therapy :-) ) and I love it. It's not what I expected at all, instead of just being more bread recipes it's a fab mix of breads and things that go with bread. Rye and spelt bread with a chicken and pistachio pate, malt loaf that can be made into a variation of bread pudding, stout bread with smoked salmon pate, cheddar and rosemary scones to go in a beef cobbler, curried naan with sultanas to go with a chickpea curry, maneesh with baba ganoush, ciabatta with panzanella, tartiflette pizza, pain de savoie with fondue, biscotti with hot mocha dipping sauce, basil and coriander sourdough with tomato and fennel soup, white chocolate and raspberry bread to go into a summer pudding with white chocolate cream, sicilian lemon and orange sweet bread to go in a limoncello trifle and thats just some of the lovely recipes. I love it and really wish I had more time to cook everything in it!
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on 13 September 2013
I've tried quite a few of the recipes in this book, and it is a very good book but I also have Paul Hollywood's How To Bake book (and risking the ire of his steely blue eyes from the cover) which is much better ! I'd probably give it a higher rating if I hadn't got the other book.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 27 March 2013
As a complete novice not just to making bread but baking in general, I was thrilled with this book. Step by step instructions are provided, with beautiful illustrations showing "how to". There is a whole section on the equipment needed, plus advice about flour. Paul also supplies information on suppliers of everything needed. This is a truly comprehensive guide, especially for a novice like me
I liked the recipes that are shown as a suggestion to go with each type of bread. I have surprised myself with the success of producing not just edible but tasty and professional. Results.
I would thoroughly recommend this book especially for beginners.
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on 29 August 2013
Have normally made my bread in a bread maker but found the instructions in this book easy to follow and a joy to use.
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on 18 March 2013
I have always been a baker at home and make my own bread every week. Having used the same couple of recipes for over 30 years, I was a bit nervous about trying something new.
I can only say I love this book. It's so easy to follow and I've already made about half of the things in it. I have rediscovered my passion for baking bread and variations.
If you're new to baking this book will hold your hand and guide you through to a perfect end result. Trust what Paul tells you to do and go with it, you'll love the results. 30 odd years on, I'm learning new things and I love it
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on 31 July 2013
A very good book easy to use and clear precise recipies that I have used lots of already We havent bought any bread since buying this and pobably wont as its so satisfying and easy to make your own.
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on 20 August 2013
I chose this rating because I like the book but I expected a few more English recipe's.
I like the way he sets out his recipe and it is easy to follow, the pictures make you want to bake the bread.
I would recommend this book.
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on 11 February 2013
Paul is what I would term as a 'commonsense 'baker He writes in plain english using terms of english that are easy to understand.
His explanations of how bread works is brilliant and it seems I have been fighting bread to rise instead of nuturing its structure.
A nice book on his Mediterranean breads or perhaps a DVD would be a good follow up.

One thing is for sure, you cant't stop writing about bread and baking now Paul!!
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on 21 April 2013
I wanted this after watching the show and hoped there would be some extra recipes not included in the show. Although there were a few, there weren't many. Like others have said there aren't actually that many basic bread recipes in here!

I then came across Paul Hollywood's How to Bake while shopping, and had a look. It seemed to have much more bread in as well as cakes and other things - I wished I'd got that one instead! Bit disappointed :(
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