Addicted to books....
Ok, I admit, my bookshelves are literally crammed with books, and I know that I haven't finished reading the three I got for Christmas. Bread Baker's Apprentice, King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion, and Taste of Home Baking... all really nice books and this gives me TONS of recipes. I am doing the BBA Challenge, so that has slowed me down from simply reading the book from cover to cover. Thing is, now that I have those books, what ones are next? I was thinking the the whole grain one from Peter Reinhart, but I see so many other books that people are talking about that I am wondering what is the next step? Which ones would be better for me to start with and then continue through? For having baked bread as many years as I have, you would think that I would have a ton of them, but most of the ones I have are simply recipe books and don't even show weighing the ingredients.
I am interested in grinding my wheat and am planning on getting a Nutrimill pretty soon, so I am trying to factor that into my choices. Having ground some of my wheat in the past I know that it can change tried and true recipes into total disasters. I prefer books that give me the science and explanations rather than something that simply gives me a recipe. Don't get me wrong, recipes are good but when you have so much learning to do and nobody with the experience to teach you the art of breadmaking then reading books and forums is where you get 100% of your knowledge from.
I have read through a lot of the reviews on TFL, and see a lot of enthusiasm for certain books, but I am still not certain what to buy next and why this one would be better than that one etc. I am only allowing myself a few books a year now, sorta a book diet.