23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Not my cup of tea,
This review is from: Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own (Paperback)
Okay, I'd better justify the lack of stars in my rating given that this is obviously a very popular book!
It just wasn't for me really. There is some very useful information in this weighty book, but it seemed as though it didn't follow much of a logical order. I lost track of the amount of times I had to flick back and forth looking for a snippet of information.
My second gripe was that I was almost halfway through the book before we actually got down to the nitty-gritty of baking bread. Now, I'm not knocking the first section. Once again there is some very good information in there - but I wanted a bread making book, not a science lesson. It's a good lesson, but not a lesson that I wanted. I believe there is no substitute for getting in there and feeling your way around. The feel of the dough can tell you an awful lot once you're used to handling it and that will only happen if you get your hands in there. It won't happen if you're busy reading a polemic on the Chorleywood demons.
If you want to read a lot about the background to the commercial bread making process, this might be the book for you. However, it wasn't the book for me and I shall stick with Richard Bertinet who simply showed me how to make the bread, and then let me get on with it.