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A splendid sequel to Dough,
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This review is from: Crust: Bread to Get Your Teeth into (Hardcover)
I've been enjoying the author's earlier book, Dough, over recent weeks which has got me re-visiting bread-making by hand and gaining confidence that I can graduate to the greater delights, hinted at in Dough, that can be had by employing more complex techniques involving ferments or creating a sour-dough starter. These latter processes are explained and demonstrated in Crust, which like Dough is enticingly illustrated with mouth-watering pictures of what one is aiming at. The recipes are clearly laid out and the book is a pleasure to look at. As with the book Dough, accompanying Crust is a DVD that not only demonstrates the author's special technique for producing an elastic and strong dough, the basis of all good bread, but is also a masterclass on how to make brioche and clearly demonstrates the long-drawn-out process of creating a ferment that is the basis of real sourdough loaves. I think the DVD alone is worth the price of the book. It saves on having to go on a bread-making course.
Unless you're an experienced bread-maker I would recommend starting with the book Dough before tackling the recipes in Crust.
The author also has an on-line shop that sells some of the things you might need such as the special "lame" blade for slashing the tops of loaves and also, importantly, 500g blocks of fresh yeast Fresh yeast (500g) Next Despatch 26th January 2010.