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on 18 December 2014
I was disappointed and then really annoyed by this book: it is pretentious, condescending (even 7 year olds would find the injunction to "Make this book your own" patronising), and tries desperately to be trendy (Britpop chef wannabes). The bread recipes are few: everyday white bread, hearty wholemeal, fragrant nettle & chive, potato & rosemary and local cheese loaf which take up 54 pages. These are needlessly padded out with advice on foraging (with lots of lovely photos) as well as some useful advice on ingredients, equipment and a "what went wrong" section. There are a few more bread/bun recipes scattered in the remaining 2/3rds of the book, among recipes for salads, terrine, curry, welsh rarebit (oh please!) etc etc (with yes, you guessed it, loads more lovely photos and helpful arrows).
The River Cottage Handbook No. 3: Bread by Daniel Stevens is far better, it is crammed full of recipes with no-nonsense advice. Also Bartinet's "Crust", which comes with an excellent video, for those wanting something more advanced. Bread Revolution looks like a poor juvenile attempt by comparison.