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It is here

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Floydm

It is here

Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads is here.

Need I say more?

Update: Well, perhaps I don't need to, but I will say more. My first impression is that it looks and feels like a whole grain Bread Baker's Apprentice: the same style intro to bread baking, the same approach to master formula, same design and layout, same size and shape. Think of it as Volume II of the BBA for whole grain lovers.

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subfuscpersona

a Challah bread made with a whole wheat "soaker" and a biga made with white flour...

The complete recipe and instructions can be found in the Aug 12th post at http://www.101cookbooks.com

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KipperCat

Do you think people need to have read BBA to follow this book?

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Floydm

I've not read it too carefully yet, but my impression is no, not at all. It is just written very much in the same format. He found a formula that works for people, so why change it?

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KipperCat

Good, that's what I was hoping to hear.  I've got is Crust & Crumb out to look over right now.

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Rosalie

I've been working my way through his commentary.  He tried to carry the old techniques straight across to whole wheat and found that it was a different world.  I'm interested in the "modern" techniques, but want them applied to whole grains.  That's why I think this book may take the place of The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book as my favorite.

Rosalie

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caryn

So how did you manage to get Reinhart's new book already?!!  I pre-ordered a copy with Amazon a long while ago, and they have not yet shipped my order.  I am impatiently awaiting that book, as it is really just up my alley- being a bread baker enthusiast who loves especially loves whole grains. 

Thanks for giving us all heads up, Floydm.

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Floydm

I got my copy directly from the publicist at Ten Speed Press. Rosalie, as you may have seen, got a copy from her local bookstore. And 101 Cookbooks did a write up of it already. So they are starting to show up.

I noticed Amazon currently says it is "In Stock" but, you are right, the backlog of pre-orders hasn't shipped yet. My guess is that that the orders are being shipped as quickly as the books get to the distribution sites. I'd hope Amazon would get the pre-orders fulfilled in the next week or two.

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sphealey

=== I got my copy directly from the publicist at Ten Speed Press. ===

Meaning you are morally obligated to publish an in-depth review before the bookstore copies ship. Get bakin' and writin' ;-)

sPH

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Floydm

I know, I know. I've been trying to figure out how to do that... I have a busy week at work and am probably going to be traveling much of next week, so I'm not finding myself with abundant time to bake.

But be honest with me: are you really waiting to decide whether to buy it for me to render my verdict? My words hold that much weight with you now? ;^)

I flipped through it a bit more last night. Very nice: WW Challah, a Swedish Limpa, WW Cinnamon Rolls, WW Anadama Bread, WW Struan, WW Cinnamon Raisin Bread, and many others. The technique section is very similar to the intro to BBA but there are sections on autolyse, another on making a mash, and a fair amount on different grains and flours (naturally). If you are interested in whole grain baking then the purchase decision is a no-brainer, and if your not then it probably isn't the book for you.

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JMonkey

Now THIS makes me happy. I'll have to get hold of the book soon.

I'm still around, btw, just trying to get situated with work, my home office, new school for my daughter, and so on and so forth. I've been baking, though, but nothing special. As soon as I catch my breath, I'll post an update.

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Rosalie

I've missed your posts.  You'll have to report on how the starter relocation ploys worked.

Rosalie

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TRK

My Amazon pre-order is still showing an October ship date.  I am tempted to cancel the pre-order and order it again.  I am particularly excited about this book because I beta-tested a couple of recipes and they were really good and because I am a brewer and I read that there is a whole chapter on recipes using spent grains from brewing, which I have always wanted to try. 

 

Let's just say I am excited and leave it at that. 

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TRK

If you pre-ordered on Amazon, you should cancel that order and place a new one.  I just called customer service and found out that my pre-order wouldn't have gotten to me until October.  When I canceled it and placed a new order, it says it will ship on Friday.

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susanfnp

I had the same experience. When I called customer service she had me cancel the original order, reorder again with 1-day shipping, and she waived the additional charge for the fast shipping. So anyone who calls might want to ask for that.

Susanfnp

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