The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Advice on bread book

SallyBR's picture

Advice on bread book

Yes, I am going crazy and about to order YET ANOTHER bread book.

Yes, I need therapy.  Maybe next year.


for the time being, I already have  The Handmade Loaf. Which other book from Dan Lepard would you recommend?





davidg618's picture

A Poll: If you could only have one..


I ran this poll earlier this year, and was impressed with the depth of thought, and loyalty each responder gave. It may have the answer to your need.

Happy therapy

David G

SallyBR's picture

Sorry, I should have searched before asking the question

SallyBR's picture

well, I browsed through the whole thread and indeed it is quite interesting - I sort of expected "Bread" to be a winner


however, I am trying to decide which Dan Lepard book to get as a second one, as I have The Handmade Loaf only. I am really fond of his style, but his bookd tend to be pretty expensive, so I would like to get some input before deciding which one to get. 

I am a bit surprised that his name did not show up very often in that poll. Like Hamelman, he is a very good "teacher" (for lack of a better word.. :-)



hansjoakim's picture

Hi Sally,

Is there much of a choice after The Handmade Loaf? I don't own any of Lepard's books, but I thought that the only other baking book of his worth getting, is Baking With Passion?

There's also the two-headed monster of Exceptional Breads and Exceptional Cakes, but those are simply reissues of Baking With Passion, with the bread and cake related material split in two different paperbacks.

jackie9999's picture

I looked through the poll of recommended books but couldn't spot one that was mainly sourdough recipes...this is my main interest...any suggestions?

I have a 25% off at the book store so came here looking for which bread book I'll use it on.

hansjoakim's picture

Hi jackie9999,

I guess most of the books that are popular among TFL'ers contain at least some sourdough recipes and instructions. I don't know any books that deal exclusively with sourdough, however. Once you're familiar with your starter, it's really quite easy to convert straight formulas into sourdough ones.

If you read German, there's a new book out now called Der Sauerteig - Das unbekannte Wesen, which (I believe) deals extensively with, yes, sourdough.

Both Lepard's The Handmade Loaf and Andrew Whitley's Bread Matters are good resources for sourdough baking. Whitley's got a bunch of awesome rye breads and he even delves into amaranth starters and gluten-free baking. Still, your best bet is likely Hamelman's Bread, if you don't have it already.