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Title:
The bread bible
Author:
Beranbaum, Rose Levy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
640 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780393057942
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The Bread Bible gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of the chemistry of baking, the accessibility of her recipes, and the incomparable taste of her creations make this book invaluable for home cooks and professional bakers alike.

"Understanding" and "Pointers for Success" sections explain in simple, readable language the importance of various techniques and ingredients demonstrated in a recipe, providing a complete education in the art of baking, with thorough sections on types of flour, equipment, and other essentials. Easy-to-use ingredient tables provide both volume and weight, for surefire recipes that work perfectly every time.

Recipes include bread made with yeast starters, quick breads, flatbreads, brioche, and much more. From ciabatta, semolina, rye, and sourdough breads to bagels, biscuits, crumpets, and pizza dough, The Bread Bible covers all the baking bases.


Author Notes

Rose Levy Beranbaum is an award-winning baker, food writer, and cookbook author. She has been a guest on many major television shows and was a presenter at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the Oxford Food Symposium. She also created the Rose Levy Bakeware product line.

Beranbaum has written for The Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Reader's Digest, Hemispheres, and Food Arts Magazine, for which she won The Association of Food Journalists Award for the Best Food Feature in a Magazine and The Jacob's Creek World Food Award for Best Food Article. She has also published many award-winning books, including The Cake Bible, The Bread Bible, and Rose's Christmas Cookies.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

As in her seminal The Cake Bible, which won an IACP prize, Beranbaum doesn't just offer recipes here; she dissects them, explains how they work, then puts them back together again with a number of variations. The front matter to what Beranbaum terms her "bread biography" contains perhaps the best explanation anywhere of how yeast works and a description of the sponge method used for almost every yeast-risen bread. Each recipe also includes a "Rose ratio," which shows at a glance the percentage of water, yeast, flour and fat in each bread. The author's discussion of the pros and cons of various kneading methods (bread machine, by hand, etc.) is invaluable. After all this information, bakers will be eager to get to the recipes, which are equally rewarding. Beranbaum covers everything from a Chocolate Bread made with cocoa nibs to a Traditional Challah. Recipes are arranged by type of bread, with groups including sandwich loaves and dinner rolls and brioche breads. A chapter on artisanal hearth breads includes Heart of Wheat Bread, with wheat germ for extra crunch, and New Zealand Almond and Fig Bread with an apricot glaze. Every time Beranbaum seems about to go overboard with too much information, she steps back from the brink, as in the excellent introduction to sourdough, where she thoroughly explains how sourdough works, then provides a simple box with eight rules for making a starter. Beranbaum could have a second career as a scientist, but luckily for home bakers she seems intent on creating a library of seminal cookbooks instead. (Oct.) Forecast: Beranbaum's The Cake Bible is now in its 30th printing; this volume, which is a selection of The Good Cook Club, appears poised for similar success. The author will embark on a seven-city tour, but even without the hype, this extraordinary work would find a large audience. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

To bake or not to bake: 150 recipes from a master. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.