The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Oct 2015
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About the Author
Jennie Shapter is a freelance food writer and home economist. In the early part of her career, Jennie spent a number of years working as Chief Home Economist for several major food manufacturers, where she developed her considerable baking skills. She has written over twenty cookery books, including Perfect Patisserie and The Country Cookbook. She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
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In three sections, "Flatbreads & Pizzas", "Sourdough Breads" and "Teabreads & Cakes" every recipe requires baking in a regular oven. In the "Sweetbreads" section, 15 of the 22 recipes require dough removal or some form of user intervention. In the "Savoury" section, 10 of the 17 recipes also require this. Even in the "Basic" section, 2 of the 16 recipes require traditional baking, including the French bread, which is surprising, as most machines have a cycle dedicated to this purpose.
Furthermore, if you're into healthy breads using 100% whole wheat and other grains, look elsewhere. You won't find even a basic recipe for 100% whole wheat bread in this book. Virtually all the recipes make extensive use of white flour. Only small amounts of whole grain flours are occasionally used for flavouring.
The book does contain much useful information for baking with a bread machine, but no more so than other bread machine books. If you're looking for a big selection of recipes allowing one to put in the ingredients and come back several hours later for a finished loaf, look elsewhere...there are much better books dedicated to true, 100% bread machine baking.
Highly recommend, and the price is great.
A minor gripe is the section on starters, which is poorly written – a pity, since this is probably the area where most amateurs get both scared and confused.
A more major annoyance is the absence of a supplier list for ingredients and equipment. Even before I bought this book I have wandered the high street from health food stores to supermarkets looking for ingredients. Now, with even more ingredients mentioned, I am frustrated. It shouldn't be hard to tell us where some of the more obscure ingredients are readily available. And, in the age of the internet, to give web site addresses where we can order them by mail. Okay, it has one rather pathetic page on bread machine suppliers, but that is the easy bit!
This is a five-star book, let down only by the areas mentioned above – and by the fact there is no e-mail address to offer my comments directly to the producers for consideration in future editions.
Having said that, I would still highly recommend The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of varied recipes here to try. Bought as gift for daughter who has just acquired a bread machine.Published 1 month ago by Book lover
I got this as a gift and the person I gave it to really likes it and has used it several times. I can't give it a 5 as I didn't have the product and use it myself but think it is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bilko
This is a brilliant book and I thoroughly recommend it. This is the fourth copy that I have bought, one for me and three for friends and family.Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Parris
This looks a very good book for a first time bread maker - have not used it yetPublished 3 months ago by Him & me
Nice big book and worth the small price I paid second hand however most of the items are cooked in the oven and not the machine so it doesn't have anything better than online... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynne Blair