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Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven Paperback – 1 Dec 1994

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  • Paperback: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811806049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811806046
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carol Field has been writing about Italy and Italian food since 1972. She is the author of The Hill Towns of Italy, Celebrating Italy, Italy in Small Bites, and the best-selling The Italian Baker. She has also written articles on Italy for such magazines as Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and continues to travel back and forth to Italy. Joyce Oudkerk Pool is an award-winning photographer specializing in food. Her photographs appear in a number of cookbooks including James McNair's New Pizza (0-8118-2364-4).

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This is a lovely book for anyone who enjoys Italian food, and Italian breads in particular. I like baking my own bread, both straight-dough and sourdough methods, and have made some lovely focaccia bases in the past using recipes from Bread by Ursula Ferrigno or Local Breads by Dan Leader. And although the focaccia bases from those two books were really tasty and beautifully risen, neither of them gave more than 2 or 3 suggestions for toppings for focaccia. I therefore decided to buy Focaccia by Carol Field, hoping for loads of topping suggestions, and was certainly not disappointed... in fact, far from it - this book is a little gem!

The book contains 4 basic focaccia doughs: basic white focaccia, wholewheat focaccia, focaccia with a starter that should be prepared 6 - 24 hours in advance, and my favourite, focaccia from Genoa: the dough includes white wine which does something marvellous to the taste and texture, and it rises beautifully when you bake it.
And then there are the various recipes for focaccia toppings: 31 recipes for Savory Focaccia, 6 for Filled Focaccia, and 10 for Sweet Focaccia. The Savory Focaccia section is my favourite and includes, amongst others:
- basil - topped focaccia
- focaccia with rosemary, oil and salt
- focaccia with fresh sage
- focaccia with garlic and herbs
- focaccia with caramelised onions
- focaccia with sweet peppers
- focaccia with slivers of potato and rosemary
And the absolutely heavenly gorgonzola, red onion and walnut focaccia. These are the ones I have tried, and all have been so delicious that they disappear in one evening despite baking a double batch to last at least 2 days. I can't wait to try all the rest of the recipes now, especially as the ones I made before all were so great.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x915d5db0) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x926abf90) out of 5 stars Wonderful! 12 April 2000
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The variety of recipes for this fun and tasty bread are astounding! It serves not only to provides one with foccaccia for any occasion, but it stimulates the imagination, helping one to create any recipe they need! I love it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92a6ce20) out of 5 stars Great book 23 Jan. 2002
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The book is full of good recipes, most of them easy to make. The results are consistently good. For an unusual bread, try the potato focaccia recipe. Everybody in my family loves it, and it became one of the favorite lunches to take to work/school.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f15768) out of 5 stars Great Boook 16 Jan. 2007
By Julio Pombo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for many reasons: The pictures are beautiful, the writer knows the topic and the most important is that I've tried some recipes and they are just delicious.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f076e4) out of 5 stars excellent book 30 April 2003
By M. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Focaccia is my favourite bread, and since I live in Italy I get to eat it as much as I want. But I wanted to try making it on my own, and this book really helped me.
The recipes here are amazing and they really work. They are easy and tasty (they do taste better than the ones I buy at my local bakery). Also the variety is great. The one I like the best is "Focaccia Andrea Doria" but they are all excellent. The book is also filled with beautiful photos. Enjoy it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90e09168) out of 5 stars excellent book 30 April 2003
By M. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Focaccia is my favourite bread, and since I live in Italy I get to eat it as much as I want. But I wanted to try making it on my own, and this book really helped me.
The recipes here are amazing and they really work. They are easy and tasty (they do taste better than the ones I buy at my local bakery). Also the variety is great. The one I like the best is "Focaccia Andrea Doria" but they are all excellent. The book is also filled with beautiful photos. Enjoy it.
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