- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (29 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091955602
- ISBN-13: 978-0091955601
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.4 x 25.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Brilliant Bread Hardcover – 29 Aug 2013
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"[an] excellent bread bible... Extraordinarily well-written and produced, engaging for beginners with something to offer even the seasoned pro, this is a potential long-term classic" (Tim Hayward Financial Times)
"Morton’s cheerful, geeky enthusiasm communicates itself on every page, and step-by-step pictures make learning the various techniques needed easy." (Carolyn Hart Telegraph)
Exciting new collection of simple bread recipes from hugely popular Great British Bake Off finalist James MortonSee all Product Description
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On to what you are buying. There are two things you ought to know that should make you want this book.
1. Most book on baking recycle the same tired cliches without contributing anything new to the field. The authors have apparently never made a mistake from which they learned something new or conducted a controlled experiment. You just get what the books they read and the people they studied under told them. This is common right across the field of cooking where all kinds of nonsense is recycled as gospel but it seems to me to be particularly bad in baking. The first book I read to challenge the orthodoxy was Dan Lepard's The Handmade Loaf: Contemporary Recipes for the Home Baker and frankly it was the last one I had read as well. James Morton's book "Stands on the shoulders of giants" and taking Lepard's developments goes further. Perhaps it is the result of combining baking with a scientific education. I am a pretty good baker and as such recipes are pretty much all I get from most bread books.Read more ›
James Morton takes ALL the worry and mystery away, and inspires you with the confidence to roll up your sleeve and start weighing flour. The foreword is very informative and fun, and the recipes themselves are delicious and so easy to follow- who knew you could leave dough to prove in the fridge overnight?!
Book itself is beautiful, with glorious pictures printed on lush, thick pages.
Definitely recommend this, would make an exceptional Christmas present- to a loved one or yourself :-)
I purchased this book as recommended by a friend and found that not only did it contain a lot of recipes and good ideas, but also explained the science behind baking which has allowed me to understand it further and get even better results from my baking.
Well worth purchasing.
All other books I own that feature sourdough recipes (amongst them the Bourke Street Bakery and Bouchon Bakery Book) didn't explain the process of making a starter and using it as well as Brilliant Bread does. Since buying the book, I have successfully made a number of sourdough breads, all of them turning out beautifully.
Whether you consider yourself a seasoned baker or have just figured out how to turn on your oven, this is the book you want. Clear and concise instructions make these recipes fail safe and you will never be tempted to buy a less than stellar loaf from the supermarket again.
I went for it in the end however, and am really glad I did. It is a really good book for beginners as it covers the bread making process from scratch, but it also contains enough tips and info to still be informative, useful and interesting for regular home bakers. It's informal enough to be useful day-to-day, but also technical enough to inspire confidence in more fiddly/expensive recipes (such as croissants). I've read a lot of bread books and this is now definitely among my favourites.
The author should really wear an apron over that fairisle though. The thought of flour getting in that nice Shetland wool hurts my heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I very much enjoy the recipes my only grudge is that James put sourdough starter and chemical yeast together in sourdough breads. It is unnecessary if your sd is active. Read morePublished 2 days ago by delphine
A fantastic beginner's baking book. The gingerbread cake is a definite winner in our house and the no-knead bread as well.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Can't say I was impressed. The picture of the easy brioche? Yes it will turn out exactly like that - lopsided. And what's more it will taste like yorkshire pudding. Read morePublished 1 month ago
The recipes are easy to follow and so far everything has turned out great. James is such a loveable character and it reflects in his humorous, easy-going instructions.Published 1 month ago by Karen
I gave this book to my husband, he loves making bread and he really liked it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this book for myself months ago - great, easy to follow recipes - and I have used it many times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda Glen
I'd agree with the book title. Superb writing and great bread at the end if the process! Clever guy! Nice jumper!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer