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Newbie in need of Books

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ChristieM

Newbie in need of Books

Hi all. My name is Christie and I have baked Bread before, but just your simple loaf of white bread. I would like to bake a little more and get more creative. Are there any books that I can get that will help me out ? I would like to bake all types of breads, rolls, bagels, all of it :)

Thanks

Christie

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sphealey

Well, Floydm's book review page is a good place to start.

 


Some of those books are a bit advanced though. Some simpler approaches can be found in Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest and The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book [1]. Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible recipes are somewhat complex but her instructions are so detailed you can make them with little experience if you use a scale.

 

sPh

 

[1] You can substitute bread flour for some or all of the whole wheat if you are not seeking to make pure whole grain bread.

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Floydm

I've yet to hear anyone say they were disappointed buying The Bread Baker's Apprentice.

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sphealey

If you are struggling with getting started with artisan breads, the King Arthur Flour DVD "Artisan Bread" is an excellent learning tool. It is expensive to buy, especially since you will only need to watch it a few times, but perhaps your library district has one you can borrow. Before I watched that I didn't really understand a lot of the more-complex recipes I was trying; after watching the video and completing its recipe the others made more sense.

 

sPh