Beranbaum vs Hamelman
I'm new to bread baking and to this point have only produced basic loaves. I find baking to be most enjoyable but do lack the knowledge required, to improve what I make. I have read a fair amount on TFL and learnt some and thanks is given.
I am interested as a home baker in some of the science behind the subject and as such, considered the following two books Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes which vs The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum.
I have also considered The Bread Baker's Apprentice where I am put off by the style of writing as I consider it to be much about the author. This is not to say the book is poor as I am unable to judge.
In the case of Rose Beranbaun, I am aware that many criticise her for being extremely precise and perhaps over wordy. In the case of The Bread Bible, unfortunately, amazon does not have a view inside. This being the problem, to get some idea of her writing style I have looked at some of her other books we a view inside is available and feel from this, that perhaps I would be happy with her writing. Having said this, I remain with the thought that the science is most important and have little idea as to the coverage of such in her bread book. Thoughts on this would be appreciated.
In the case of Bread: A Baker's Book of Techniques and Recipes I have ascertained that good coverage is provided on the affects of sugar, salt, yeast, milk and so on. Is good coverage of similar and more provide in the Bread Bible. I think I'm happy with the style of writing here also but unfortunately, Amazon does not show any recipes so have little idea as to how these are presented. Baker percentages I'm happy with as is the case with grams. I do not like cups alone though. Cups are too variable.
Basically, I'm looking for a book that has a good degree of coverage with a variety of recipes that would help the new comer to achieve good results and therefore encourager the new bread maker to experiment further. One futher point is that I would like to work by hand more than machine as I feel this would be very beneficial. Thoughts on The Bread Bible appreciated in this respect.
Why would you DISMISS either of the two mentioned books. Thanks for the input.
PS. I hear that there are mistakes in the Bread Bible. Are these as many as some make out and are they of detriment.