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alva

Please help

Hi everyone!

Im learning a lot about bread baking with all you! I want to buy a book, but i dont know which to choose between ''artisan bread in five'' or ''artisan bread everyday'' Since I am new at baking, can someone PLEASE help me to choose, acording to your experiences??

Thank you in advance! Alva

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ehanner

If those are the two you are looking at, I would suggest Reinhart's Artisan Bread Every Day. The depth of variety is better with Reinhart and he has many other solid books in print that you can move to in the future.

Hope this helps.

Eric

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alva

Hello Erick:

Thank you so much for your reply. I also think Reinhart's book is better for me. I am considering only those two so far, because all I want for now is to learn how to make good bread at home, and learn some techniques. I was also considering ''the bread baker aprenthice'', but I think maybe Artisan Bread Every Day is more practical. But if you do have a better suggestion on a better book to start with, please feel free to advise.

Thanks a lot.  

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ehanner

Honestly, The BBA by Reinhart is the book I started with but either are good to start with. At this point you need to get one good book and stick with it until you get a feel for what you doing and bake for a while. I think people get confused by conflicting advice or methods and it slows them down somewhat. There are many good books to choose from later on when you are looking for a specialty style of bread.

 

Eric

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hutchndi

Don't waste your money. Go to the library and take as many of the bread books out on loan as they have, try to follow some of the recipes and use the techniques as described as best you can. If you are truly a beginner, you need good instruction written in the way you can best understand it, and you need to find which way that is for yourself.  I went through all the bread baking books in my local library and found most of them fairly useless in actually teaching anything but following a few recipes, even though they might have been highy praised by others, many of the most popular of bread books  are loaded with pretty pictures which are really just eye candy to get peoples juices flowing and buy the book. When you are really happy with a borrowed book,  go out and buy it. This will be the one you will be returning to over and over and have flour covered dog eared pages and a worn binding and, not the one still looking brand new years down the road (like my copy of Jeffery Hammelman's "Bread", which may not be your choice).

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alva

Thank you so so much. Is a very practical advise. 

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flournwater

For the novice (or the interested baker with some experience) "The Bread Baker's Apprentice"  ....  hands down.

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richkaimd

There's a real difference learning from cook books and text books.  Cook books, however good they may be, have no obligation to teach our hobby from the ground up.  Text books do.  The result of this is that while you can learn alot from a cook book, you can learn in a more organized way from a text.  I, too, like BBA, but it's not a text.  You can learn lots from it and Reinhardt's other cook books, but you cannot learn bread baking in the organized way that a well-structured text should present the material.

Of the texts available for beginners, I recommend Dan DiMuzio's Bread Baking.  (To his credit, DiMuzio has never commented on my frequent recommend of his text, nor on my regularly forgetting to capitalize the M in his last name.)  There are other texts, but none quite so thoroughly interesting and useful for a beginner.  Look at Alibris or Powells Books for the best prices for new and used copies.

 

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alva

I appreciate your comment. I saw the book on the net, and it seems a perfect text book. Thank you for your advise!

God bless!

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Sylviambt

Oh, just wanted to add that this website has been, and continues to be, a great place for lessons and inspiration. Thanks, again, Floyd.

Sylvia

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Sylviambt

I agree with many of the comments already offered: Reinhart's BBA is terrific, even for the beginner. It's the one I started with and continue to draw from on a regular basis. I also agree that it helps to stick to the one book till you feel you've got a few skills mastered. Good luck and have fun.  I'm learning that, in the end, practice - and failures - are great teachers as well.

Sylvia

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alva

Thank you Silvia. All you guys are really a good community to belong to. I feel very happy with all your responces. Thank you all in your interest on help me find ''the perfect book'', hehe.

Alva