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kolobezka

Bread Matters

Hi,


please does anybody here own Andrew Wtitley´s book "Bread Matters"?


I would like to buy the book through amazon.co.uk, but I am confused about the different editions offered. Is there a difference (update, pictures, contents...) between:
Bread Matters: Why and How to Make Your Own 2009 Paperback
BREAD MATTERS: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own  2006 Hardcover
Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own 2009 Hardcover

(the editions are listed here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_at_ep_srch/279-4129390-7863313?ie=UTF8&search-alias=books&field-author=Andrew+Whitley&sort=relevancerank

Thanks for help!

zdenka

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ananda

Hi Zdenka,


I've worked for and with Andrew Whitley since the mid 1990s.


His book is a "must-have".


My best advice is to order the most recent edition.   Whether you choose hardcover or paperback is up to you.   However, be assured, Andrew has written only the one book called "Beadmatters".


I hope this helps you secure a copy.


Best wishes


Andy

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Daisy_A

Hi Zdenka,


I've got the 2009 paperback and it's a great book to have, for its information on baking techniques, the recipes and Andrew Whitley's analyses of the characteristics of mass-produced and artisan breads.


The 2009 edition has a preface from 2009 and two pages (351-352) on the Real Bread Campaign, that Whitley founded in 2008. The main chapter headings seem to be the same as the 2006 version.


I ended up with the paperback because I went into town one day determined to get a bread book and to me that was by far the best of what was available. Budget permitting, though, I'd think the best buy would be the 2009 hardback for greater durability.


Do let us know what you think if and when you get it.


Kind regards, Daisy_A

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ananda

Hi Daisy_A and Zdenka


Andrew's book in hardback is published in white...how crazy is that?


And...no dust jacket.


Mine's a signed first edition, but it looks pretty scruffy, even tho' it is not my most abused text....Hamelman carries that honour!   The photo pages have already fallen out.


All good wishes


Andy

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Daisy_A

Hi Andy, Hi Zdenka,


Well that's the durability theory knocked on the head! I tend to prefer hardbacks as I worry about bending the covers of paperbacks. Was it not well bound or have you just been 'giving it welly?'


BTW they didn't have Hamelman in the high street so there was no kick off between his text and Whitley's. Have got a tiny bit of dough on one corner of the Hamelman dust jacket, just for that authentic touch...


Zdenka - you ask if pictures are different in the two editions. Andy will know better than me but I wouldn't think so as the main illustrations are a series of photo plates in the middle. Or at least they start off that way...


Kind regards, Daisy_A

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ananda

Daisy_A,


The cover is undamaged..it's just dirty!!!!


In the hardback, there are two "plate sections" of photographs


BW


Andy

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Daisy_A

Oh you're right - I've just found a second plate section in the paperback. I'm guessing they would be the same images, though, not changed or updated?  Best wishes, Daisy_A