15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book but not for those in a hurry,
This review is from: The Handmade Loaf (Hardcover)
Beautifully presented and clearly explained. Every recipe I have attempted has turned out lovely: the resulting loaves have a better flavour and texture than any I have made from other books. A must buy for the serious home baker.
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.