Books are where amateur bakers get most of our information about how to bake. We are fortunate, because there are a lot of wonderful bread baking books out there, with new one's coming out each year. Whenever I get a chance to read another bread baking book, I read and review here. There is also a forum for site members to post their book reviews. If I am missing your favorite baking book, please, post something about there! The links to my reviews, each with a teeny synopsis:
- If you are looking to buy your first artisan baking book, Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice is it.
- Jim Lahey's My Bread is praiseworthy and contains no-knead and Italian inspired bread recipes.
- Daniel Leader's Local Breads, though I've never done a full review of it, is one of my favorites for Northern European breads.
- Ciril Hitz published Baking Artisan Bread in 2008.
- Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day takes the no-knead technique to a whole new level.
- Jeffrey Hamelman's Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes. A good book for the advanced baker.
- Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads. An excellent collection of over 300 bread recipes from around the globe.
- Beth Hensperger's Bread Bible. Similar in format to Clayton's book. The tone of much of the writing annoys me, but there are some excellent recipes in here.
- Peter Reinhart's American Pie is a good one if you are interested in pizza.
- Peter did a Q&A with us about his recent book Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Bread.
- Eric reviewed Peter Reinhart's first book, The Brother Juniper's Bread Book.
- 6000 Years of Bread is an interesting history of bread.
- Bread Science: the Chemistry and Craft of Making Bread is an excellent self-published book on the science of bread.
- Good Bread is Back is an interesting read for a Francophile.
- Maggie Glezer's A Blessing of Bread: The Many Rich Traditions of Jewish Bread Baking Around the World is an excellent book on Jewish baking traditions and the winner of the 2005 James Beard Award for best baking book.
- Her previous book, Artisan Baking Across America, is a beautiful book and a favorite of many bakers I know.
- Joe Ortiz's The Village Baker is the book credited with launching the artisan bread movement in America.
- Finally, I also should mention my e-book, The Fresh Loaf Pocket Book of Bread Baking. Not nearly as comprehensive as Peter's books or the others listed here, but I think it is a nice, economical, unintimidating place for new bakers to get started.