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Families of Bread ?

Nepakshi's picture

Families of Bread ?

Hiee :-)

Virgin at baking bread and full of apprehensions :( Guess I need to dive in and not worry much. But before that, want to arm myself completely. TFL is an intelligent resource. If everything in here is compiled well - it would be the best selling bible on bread baking - honestly.

People here have their favs - Hamelman, Leader, Lahey, Peter Reinhart, Clayton and several others. Here, I see no mention of "The Five Families of Bread by Michael Kalanty". He seems to have simplified things for a novice by classifying the dough into groups. Anyone using this book? How informative is it? Any sort of input on the same will help me decide if I should buy the book.

This is a nice place to be. Will post my experiences as soon as I plunge in :P

Thankyou TFL,



rolls's picture

hi welcome, never heard of it, you need to just make your first loaf, not even, just get your hands in some dough and you'll be hooked! :) let us know how you go

Nepakshi's picture

:-) Just waiting for the initial jitters to pass....

LindyD's picture

Welcome to TFL, Nepakshi,

I've never heard of the author or the book, so I checked at Amazon.

The book sells for $50 US and according to one Amazon reviewer who purchased a copy:

The book makes absolutely no mention of advanced baking techniques: no preferments or sourdough, no various mixing methods, etc.

It appears the book teaches how to mass produce bread.  Okay if you want to run a Wonder Bread factory, but not for those seeking bread which tastes good and has character.

Nepakshi's picture

Yes the book does'nt  seem to be very popular...Also just 4 ppl reviewd it on Amazon so i thought someone here would've gone through it.

Guess i will make my start with Laurels bread book. Am reading the forums here to get more familiar with the terms n techniques.

:-) Thankyou, i already feel very welcome.