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Looking for suggestions

KansasGirlStuckInMaryland's picture

Looking for suggestions

I got a Barnes and Noble giftcard for Christmas and I am thinking about using it to get a new bread book.  I am looking for suggestions on books.

I already have Bread Baker's Apprentice and Rose Levy Beranbaum's Bread Bible.

To give you an idea of my style - from TFL I have made and added to my repetoire:

  • Norm's Onion Rolls
  • Wild Rice and Onion Bread
  • Sweet Potato Rolls
  • Sourdoughlady's Sourdough Bread 
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid
  • Buttermilk Cluster
  • Pita bread
  • Zola Blue's cinnamon rolls

Yup, I am kind of all over the place.  I don't have much specialized equipment, though I do have a great baking stone, a nice peel and firmly believe in parchment paper.

So what is your MUST have book that you turn to time and time again?

flournwater's picture

Bread Baking: An Artisan's Perspective
- Hardcover (Feb 24, 2009) by Daniel T. DiMuzio

GrapevineTexas's picture

Peter Reinhart's, Artisan Breads Everyday.  I also have, The BBA.  I enjoy them both and wouldn't trade either of them.  :)

Bwana B's picture
Bwana B

10 Jan 2009


Hi, kansasgirlstuck:

Check out this book:  Professional Baking by Wayne Gisslen. Borders and both carry it.  It covers the scope of baking and has excellent sections on everything including breads.  It's a go-to-book and is also use by (required by) several culiinary schools for their baking classes.

PS: Bakewise by Shirley O. Corriher is, so I've been told, a good baking book which offers not only the hows, but the whys. Also carried by Borders and  Those I know who have this book seem to really like it. I recently received this book from Santa; haven't had time to really get into it, but what I've read is interesting and informative. This book may be what you are looking for. 

Good luck and happy baking.