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Books Similar to Flour Water Salt Yeast?

December 19, 2016 - 11:15am -- meflyntz

I recently finished working my way through Ken Forkish's Flour Water Salt Yeast, and one of my favorite things about the book was how each recipe was more difficult and challenging than the last. It felt like a well-thought-out series of recipes, where you gain knowledge and skills as you work your way through, rather than simply a large collection of recipes. I am wondering if anyone could recommend a book with a similar structure?

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Bread book question

October 9, 2016 - 9:28am -- Wannabe-Baker

Hello, I own and love Artisan Breads Every Day and Whole Grain Breads (Reinhart), I keep looking on Amazon at his popular Bread Bakers Apprentice. Im trying to talk myself into spending $40 on the 15 yr anniversary edition. Will most of the information and recipes be redundant or is this truly a must have? 

thanks for your thoughts!


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Hamelman's "Bread" book - some questions and observations

September 29, 2016 - 2:11pm -- alfanso

After  year of dithering on whether to take the plunge or not, I ordered the Jeffrey Hamelman book Bread and just received it on the same day that I decided to make his Pain au Levain with mixed SD starters.  Kismet or was it due to come around in rotation?  I've made it before so this is not virgin territory for me.

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Modernist Bread

September 11, 2016 - 5:59pm -- Mini Oven

 Hubby just alerted me to an Article in Der Standard, an Austrian newspaper (online) that a book "Modernist Bread" will be coming out the beginning of 2017.  Written by Nathan Myhrvold.    

The Standard article is an interview titled  "Vollkornbrot ist  nicht besser für uns"  or translated... "Whole grain bread is not better for us."   The book is not cheap at around $600 and very geeky, with all the actual scientific updates and modern methods to remove the ignorance in the kitchen.  A good article and entertaining as well. 

In German:

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Cook's Illustrated Pain au Levain Recipe

September 4, 2016 - 8:43pm -- starvingviolist

Hello Fresh Loaf,


The latest issue of Cook's Illustrated contains a recipe for "almost no-knead sourdough bread", and a link to one for pain au levain (available until approx dec. 2016 at, both of which contained a couple of oddities I thought I would ask about.

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New book by Michael Kalanty

August 8, 2016 - 2:50pm -- YeastConvert

"Modern Breads/Wild Yeast" is the next book in Kalanty's "How To Bake Bread" series. I got mine on Amazon and I guess it was pretty new because there weren't any reviews as yet.

Like his first book, he has does set by step in making Pain au Levain. There are about 70 pages cover from how to make the Levain to baking and cooling the bread. This time there are color photos of each technique.


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