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Peter Reinhart is Recruiting Recipe Testers

susanfnp's picture

Peter Reinhart is Recruiting Recipe Testers

Peter Reinhart is seeking recipe testers for his new book. Go to his website for more details:



rubato456's picture

thanks for posting this! 


GrapevineTXoldaccount's picture

This will be so much fun! 

DanOMite's picture

I wonder what type of book this will be...anyone got any ideas or info? I checked out the site but didn't get any clues or hints, but then again i'm not the best at finding info like that. Any help or info is going to be appreciated,

Thanks in advance


suave's picture

Very interesting.  I'm tempted but I'd be interested if one of the past testers relayed his past experiences.  I want to try it, but February deadline means there're about 50-60 recipes to try in 4 months, and I don't want to sign up for something I can't put my 100% into.


SourdoLady's picture

I was a past tester. Don't worry because it is at your own pace. He only sends you one recipe at a time to try and doesn't send another until you turn in your report on the first recipe. You don't have to try every single recipe. I would never have time for that, either! Sometimes he would give a list and you could choose what you wanted to try. He is a very kind man and very appreciative of any testing you do for him. I highly recommend it! In the process of testing you will also learn a lot.

Paddyscake's picture

that he will be doing baguettes..we have some pros in here..Janedo, Dave, Eric,  Howard..Steve..this sounds like your bailiwick.

Janedo's picture

REALLY?????? I signed up and was accepted. I'll definitely be doing THAT recipe! I figured that since I make so much bread it would be fun. I did specify that I'd be using French flours.


Pablo's picture

I'm jazzed to get onboard.


gmask1's picture

I've sent an email off, though I'm unsure that a real beginner like me could contribute as much as all of you!

Not to worry, my fingers are crossed :-)

Jolly's picture

When I read that Peter was looking for recipe testers I said to myself this sounds like fun. Should I give it try? After thinking about it, I decided to go for it. Besides what did I have to loose!...I was also thought the odds would be great. "Wow!...Was I ever wrong.


Anyway I thought it would be a wonderful experience just to get his recipes and have a chance to work with him.


In his e-mail he said he had already selected 297 testers.


Reinhart---said "I will send out the first recipe next week and will then let folks what recipes are available for testing via the blog and you can request whichever one you want when you send back the previous response form."


Does anyone know how many testers he usually picks. I sent in my request to be selected about October 4th. Has anyone else been selected by Peter Reinhart? I thought we might work on this together.


Thanks Sourdough Lady for the added info...on what to expect.



Happy-Batard's picture

I just got my email today. This is such a cool thing to do and look forward to it. In something I read he said for his last book he used 300 tasters if that answers the question.

Jolly's picture

Hi Happy Batard:


I'm not aquainted with you I'm from the Pacific North West Oregon, high dessert, elevation 5,000 ft. I live about 27 miles from the nearest city called Klamath Falls. And since I'm so isolated out here All I do is bake, sew, and work in my garden, which I love to do dearly.


Wow!...I almost didn't make it. Yes I'm thrilled to be taking a part.


Congratulations, in being slected. 


When I wrote to him I told him that I had been working with yeasted breads for 10 years and had been baking sourdough breads for the past 9 year. And alway had my nose in my cook books. Plus writing and developing recipes for years. And would love to be selected for the challange it would take.


Happy-Batard's picture

Glad to meet you Jolly. I'm kinda new in this site as well. I believe i was like number 280 something so I got lucky too. I've been a chef for 20+ years. I live in southern Illinois, I just started baking seriously about 6 months ago. Just really  a hobby as I can make bread, just wanted to learn how to make it better. Well, I also am looking forward to the challenge, and hopefully I have the skill (lol) to complete the task.

Jolly's picture

Wow! you're a "Chef" that's great. Baking breads is a good hobby and a good way to relax and let down from the fast pace of being a Chef.



chahira daoud's picture
chahira daoud

Me too!!!!

I am one of the testers , i think it will be a real fun, so we are fellows now !!!.

I am so happy and very excited , waiting for the first recipe,I think it is also a great opprtunity for us to try exclusively his recipes.


mkelly27's picture

Just under the wire, whew!  It comes at a good time, the cold weather is coming and I do my best baking during those months.


Redundancy is your friend, so is redundancy

rubato456's picture

i'm a tester as well. looks like i am #295....


setsuuri's picture


I signed up as well - and it seemed from the e-mail that I'm 295 too...  I guess Peter is a little overwhelmed trying to get things organised?  Anyway, glad to share the spot with you Deborah (my baking can always use a little help!) and I'm looking forward to getting started and sharing experiences. 


janij's picture

...  I did e-mail in and am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a slot too.  Out internet has been iffy since Ike hit almost a month ago.  So I will keep hoping!

siuflower's picture

I am one of the tester too. I'm looking forward to try the recipe. You'l have a great day. 


swtgran's picture

Yes, I got an E-mail today and it seems I must be somewhere around the 295 number also.  I went to the blog and it seems as those he has reached the goal number he has set.  This should be fun.  Terry

suave's picture

I think you folks misunderstand the e-mail.  He refers to the total number of testers, not to any particular tester #.  But judging by the fact how quickly the slots filled up after Susan's post a good half of testers are from here.