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Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2009
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"For a touch of the homemade every day, try the River Cottage handbooks."
--Everyday Food, Favorite New Cookbooks, December 2010
"Stevens's accessible take on the subject is sure to inspire confidence, an appreciation for the craft, and a willingness to experiment."
--Publishers Weekly STARRED review, 8/23/10
"A remarkably compact, glove box-friendly guidebook to baking. . . . A bread survival book. . . ."The River Cottage Bread Handbook" is a refreshing change from so many American cookbooks that magically transform copious recipes into 12 easy steps and still promise fail-proof recipes."
--LA Weekly, 8/11/10
"Be prepared to make space on your cookbook shelf for these practical, passionate guides. . . . Stevens lays down a bread-making foundation with an in-depth introduction (and full-color step-by-step photos), then proceeds to help readers perfect their skills in his witty, conversational style."
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About the Author
As well as baking fresh bread every day in the HQ kitchens, Daniel Stevens leads the ever-popular Build and Bake courses, which equip students with the skills to build their own outdoor wood-fired oven. Daniel has been cooking and baking in professional kitchens for several years, in Hertfordshire, where he grew up, and more recently in Dorset, where he now lives. He has been part of the kitchen team at HQ since June 2006.
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The basic bread recipe is explained in great detail with information as to why you're doing each stage, and what is going on with the dough at each stage. This takes the mystery out of your loaf and helps you to understand if anything is going wrong, giving you a chance to correct it before its to late. One you've followed this through a couple of times then the basic recipe is given in a short version, much more like a normal recipe, making it easy to follow.
After the basics have been learnt then the skies the limit. There are plenty of other recipes to have a go at (not to mention the gorgeous focaccia bread) and a rather useful section on what to make with your bread that is a little past its best. There is even a section on how to make your own outdoor bread oven that has got me dreaming of outdoor feasts over the summer.
A simple to follow must have guide without the waffle about the "terrible state of the modern bread industry" that is often present in other books. Buy it now!
Daniel explains everything from the makeup of a wheat kernel, different bread styles, flour types etc to a brilliant troubleshooting guide, so you know what is supposed to happen, but then what to do when it doesn't behave as it should.
This is a fabulous book for a keen beginner, but then goes on to more complicated recipes, enriched breads, some for 'no time' breads, BBQ breads etc
The book even feels nice in your hand... Really nicely bound, easily readable, but will also sit open on your kitchen work surface...
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