Would love to hear your reviews of the instructional DVDs and videos out there about artisan bread baking.
I really enjoyed the Artisan Breads DVD from King Arthur Flour. It's about 45 minutes in length, and focuses on how to make a baguette, but it's very thorough, and it's nice to see how it's done, instead of just reading about it. The fundamentals are all there, so once you've watched the video, you can apply what he shows you to other techniques for other breads beyond just baguettes that you may read about in books.
Speaking of books, I find that Jeffrey Hammelman's Bread and Peter Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice both excel in providing clear and copious illustrations to demonstrate technique. They're almost as good as watching a video, with the advantage that they go into a lot more depth.
There are some free instructional videos on Julia Child's Lessons With Master Chefs--Videos website in the Breads & Baked Goods category. I have watched a few of them and they are quite interesting! The videos feature different chefs and cover a a wide variety of topics including rustic country bread, baguettes, Sardinian wafer-thin bread, Danish pastries...
Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Yes, I like the DVD by King Arthur--well produced and really informative. As much as I love reading about baking, it helps me to be able to see how its done.
I've got lots of reservations about the DVD from Daniel's Rustic Baking. For one, the copy on ciabatta I bought is interrupted by lots of choppy motion and pixilation on the screen. I will try to check out the Julia Child's product.
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