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on 17 December 2012
This book contains much details and explain bakery in science unlike most other books which focus mainly on recipes, however, this book uses many jargons.

Organization of the chapter: Sometimes there's a need to refer to the later chapter to understand the previous one and because of this it's difficult to read and understand the concept described.

This book mostly describes bread making using machine for mixing rather than mixing by hand and kneading which is why it favors more for industrial or shop baking rather than home baking.
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on 4 January 2010
If you are looking for a recipe book with a lot of glossy pictures of bread, this isn't the right book for you. However, if like me you want a book that explains the science underpinning bread baking, and that helps you to understand what the effects are likely to be of any changes you might make to a recipe, this book is excellent. It gives a history of the development of comercial bread baking, then goes on to explain in detail the effects of adding different ingredients (flour / water / yeast / sweetener / fats etc), and the variations you can apply at different stages of bread preparation (eg varying the time and temperature of different rises). If you're an experimental cook, rather than one who likes to follow a recipe precisely, this means you can vary a basic recipe to get the bread you want, produced on a schedule that fits in with the rest of your life!
There ARE recipes, but they're given as formulae rather than recipes (more academic and less intuitive to follow, unless you're of a scientific frame of mind) since this is a book aimed at students of breadmaking. With that proviso I heartily recommend this book.
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on 4 April 2011
This book is more like an academic textbook than a recipe book. If you are looking for a glossy inspiring recipe book, then this is not the book for you.

This is more like a detailed practical guide for serious bakers who are considering opening a bakery, with very clear comprehensive explanation of the chemistry and history of bread making. I can imagine this being used in a bread baking course where you would get an exam and a cert in the end.

That's not to say it is unsuitable for casual novices. For novices like me, the practical advice about industrial ovens and mixers are really interesting to know anyway.

It is my favourite book to date about bread baking, and gives me a deeper understanding of the logic and origins of Bertinet, Reinhart, Lepard's techniques.

Everything is written in a factual academic way, without the glossy marketing languages or pictures. It doesn't waste your time telling you how wonderful bread is, but it tells you in a clinical way what makes up the bread's flavours, etc, and how you can control this.

If you've ever wondered why use a poolish instead of a biga (or vice versa), or what happens if you keep a dough in your fridge indefinitely, or what did people used to do before commercial yeast, or the difference between the different flours, then this is the book for you.
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on 27 November 2010
I'v got many recipes for bread and also have been baking for about 10 years. I wanted to know more about what happens when you do a certain thing and why it is necessary or how that makes a difference to your dough. This book explains about different methods in different processes and helps you understand more about the reasons behind bread making. This will be my bible for a long time. I will recommend this book to those who love making bread and want to know more than just recipes and basic procedures.
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on 22 April 2013
great book for the serious amateur who wants to know why? you do certain things and the effect this has on your dough
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on 13 March 2014
This is a history book and encyclopaedia of bread baking. If you are considering starting your own artisan bakery, then this book is a must. If, like me, you have no other ambition than to be a capable home baker, then this book makes fascinating reading anyway.
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on 18 March 2014
Good recipies and easy to follow. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to bake their own bread. Good buy for this price.
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