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Free or discounted Kindle bread ebooks, #3.

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idaveindy

Free or discounted Kindle bread ebooks, #3.

Starting a 3rd thread to keep scrolling manageable. Previous post is at: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/66005/free-or-discounted-kindle-bread-books-2

The 1st post in the series is at: www.thefreshloaf.com/node/61480/free-or-discounted-kindle-bread-books

I intend this post and comments to give Fresh Loafers a heads-up when bread-baking or pizza Kindle ebooks go on sale at Amazon for either heavily discounted prices, up to usually $4.99, or free.

I'll start off with five books that are always (at least have been for a while) free. Three are public domain.

 As new books go on sale  I will (or you can) add them to the comments.  I mostly get these notifications from a service at bookbub.com.  The sales usually last from 1 day to a week, so act quickly.  Most often the sales run Monday through Sunday. The "tag" with "frog" in it, is so the webmaster can make a few pennies in commission, like his sidebar links.

All the major bread authors have sales, Robertson, Reinhart, Forkish, etc. 

For a longer list of what I've already picked up, and how much I paid, and a very very short review, see my post at: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/61370/my-breadpizza-library-kindle-and-hard-copy

For lists of ebooks by author, see: www.thefreshloaf.com/node/61698/my-favorite-bread-pizza-authors

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Free: The New Dr. Price Cookbook, Kindle Edition, by New York Royal Baking Powder Company.

https://www.amazon.com/New-Dr-Price-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00849LL7A

Public domain. The bread and rolls in this book are all leavened with baking powder. No yeast, no sourdough. Dated. Almost all volumetric measurements. Inexact oven temps, such as "medium oven" or "hot oven."  

Dr. Price, of baking powder fame, was the grandfather of actor Vincent Price. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Price

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Free: Woman's Institute Library of Cookery Volume 1: Essentials of Cookery; Cereals; Bread; Hot Breads, Kindle Edition, by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences.

https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Institute-Library-Cookery-Essentials-ebook/dp/B00847SA6C

Also dated, but interesting. Hey, it's free.

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Free: Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book, Kindle edition.

https://www.amazon.com/Wilsons-Numerous-Recipes-Economic-Conditions-ebook/dp/B004UJBD4Y

This book is in the public domain. Copyright 1920.  Has a chapter on breads. Measurements in cups. Oven temps are inexact. Good for some historical or traditional recipes, if nothing else. 

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Free: How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking, Kindle Edition, by Dennis Weaver.

https://www.amazon.com/How-Bake-Art-Science-Baking-ebook/dp/B0086W53ZQ

Modern. A very comprehensive baking book with yeasted dough and baking powder. A little bit on sourdough.  Explains the uses of oil, egg, milk in baking.  He kind of uses it as an advertisement for his company, but still informative.  Great for beginners.  

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Free: "Grandma's Best Quick Breads" by Marg Ruttan. https://www.amazon.com/Grandmas-Best-Quick-Breads-Recipes-ebook/dp/B00Q23M2BE

Only 47 pages. It has been a while since I downloaded it, so I forget my opinion of it. But I did not file it in the "junk" collection. Therefore, I thought it was at least worth the time to download it.

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To see Amazon's current free and low-price ebook "bread cookbooks", use this link:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bread+cookbook&i=digital-text&s=price-asc-rank

For pizza: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pizza+cookbook&i=digital-text&s=price-asc-rank

To see the current top 100 free Kindle ebooks: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store/zgbs/digital-text/ref=zg_bs?_encoding=UTF8&tf=1

(Warning: most books on the free Kindle list are trashy, but there is an occasional cookbook.)

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idaveindy

Sale over, July 27, 2021.

Back on sale, as of June 30,  2021.

Kindle ebook edition of "Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More" by Andris Lagsdin.

https://www.amazon.com/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y11MLSS

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y11MLSS

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y1LWLNY

EU: https://www.amazon.de/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y1LWLNY

236 print pages.

306 megabyte download (ie, picture heavy.)

Ratings are: 4.7 out of 5.

208 ratings world-wide.

80% 5-star.  ---  12% 4-star.

This book goes into why and how to use a baking steel versus a baking stone.  It also contains recipes for several types of dough, sauces, and pizzas. 

I'd say the book is as much about pizza as it is about the pizza-baking steel.

It also has some simple recipes for naan, pita, biscuits and scones.

I have purchased it.  If you do not already have Tony Gemignani's (who is a big proponent of baking pizzas on steel) "Pizza Bible", then I would recommend this ebook at the sale price.

If you do already have Tony Gemignani's "Pizza Bible", you don't really need this. 

Sale over, July 21, 2021. 

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alcophile

Sale over 06 Aug 2021

$3.99 Tartine Book No. 3 by Chad Robertson Kindle edition.

https://www.amazon.com/Tartine-Book-No-Ancient-Classic-ebook/dp/B00F8H0FKU/

 

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idaveindy

Sale over, July 8, 2021.

As of July 3, 2021.

Temporarily free:  

BACKYARD PIZZA OVEN: BUILDING A BRICK AND COB PIZZA OVEN, Kindle Edition, by TG FORGE.

https://www.amazon.com/BACKYARD-PIZZA-OVEN-BUILDING-BRICK-ebook/dp/B072SY94QY/

Blurb: "I have always wanted to build a wood fired oven to make bread and pizza, empanadas and dishes with that woodfired taste. In this book I show you how I built my backyard pizza oven from brick and cob, finished it with a layer of insulation and lime plaster and try it out with our first pizza party. I will take you step by step from the base, the concrete platform, fire brick cooking surface, brick and cob dome, smoke flue and doorway arch construction. If you have ever thought about making a wood fired oven of your own, take a look at how I built mine. Get some ideas and build a pizza oven in your own backyard. Get started today. Read my book and start to plan your own build. With a pizza oven in your backyard you will be able to come up with your own custom pizza, or loaves of bread."

Rated 3.9 out of 5, with 13 ratings, and 5 reviews.

Sale over, July 8, 2021.

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idaveindy

Sale over, Aug. 16, 2021.

Back on sale, Aug. 2,  2021.

The Pizza Bible, ebook, by Tony Gemignani, is on sale.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JYWW490?tag=froglallabout-20

He's been the world champion pizza maker 13 times.  This is my favorite pizza cookbook.  It covers all or most all styles of pizza.  Has formulas for both yeast and sourdough, including long proof in fridge.

He is also big on baking steels for pizza, and gives explanations on how to use them.

Has sections on: Regional American, Chicago, Sicilian, California Style, Napoletana, Regional Italian, Global, Grilled, Wrapped and Rolled, Focaccia and Bread.

Plenty of professional level photos.

Check out his videos, he's a master craftsman:: https://www.tonygemignani.com/videos/

If you make pizza... GET THIS BOOK!

Has an option to get a free sample.

Sale over, Aug. 16, 2021.

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idaveindy

Sale over, Aug 4, 2021.

As of June 28, 2021.

Kindle ebook edition of "Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like" by Chris Bianco. https://www.amazon.com/Bianco-Pizza-Pasta-Other-Food/dp/B01LXK9S97

Also on sale in Canada.  

Not on sale in UK, EU nor AU.

222 pages in the print edition. 

This is a tremendoua deal.

I purchased this at a previous Kindle sale price. I'm a cheap-skate, so I would not have paid full price for the Kindle or the hardcopy.

But at this low price for the Kindle, I think it is a great deal.

It has only one pizza crust dough formula, but many varistions on toppings, plus many Italian recipes besides pizza.  Pizza and focaccia is just one section. Italian main dishes and sides make up the rest.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. 5-star 79%. 4-star 7%. 3-star 5%. 2-star 4%. 1-star 5%.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 

#1 in Pizza Making

#2 in Salad Cooking (Kindle Store)

#2 in Italian Cooking.

It's picture-heavy, so it takes a long time to download.

According to the Table of Contents, and some of the reviews, it more of an Italian cookbook, than a pizza cookbook.

This is a rare sale. It's been a year since it was last discounted.

For two bucks you can't go wrong. 

There is a button to download a free sample.

Sale over, Aug. 4, 2021.

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Thanks for bringing this book to our attention Dave, I just bought it for $2 Canadian on Apple Books which makes this a rare cheaper in Canada than the US situation.  I haven't had a chance to look at it, but you're right it is heavy in the cooking which is totally fine since I don't have any Italian cookbooks.  I'm hoping the book will give me some ideas for pizzas.

Benny

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Thanks for this tip! I have just started playing with pizza dough a little bit lately. For $2, this sounds like a great resource to point me the right direction. Off I go to Kindle... 😁

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idaveindy

Sale over, July 8, 2021.

As of July 7, 2021.

Decide today -- this may be a 1-day sale.

Kindle ebook edition of  Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery.

https://www.amazon.com/Poil%C3%A2ne-Secrets-World-Famous-Bread-Bakery-ebook/dp/B07LCBQ7KY?tag=froglallabout-20

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Poil%C3%A2ne-Secrets-World-Famous-Bread-Bakery-ebook/dp/B07LCBQ7KY?tag=froglallabout-20

(Not currently discounted in UK, EU, nor AU.)

I have this ebook.  The story is moving.  The photography is gorgeous and highly professional.

The ratings are: 4.6 out of 5.  

78% 5-star, and 11% 4-star.

The book's formula for the famous Poilane miche is based on a poolish/starter made with yoghurt, and then commercial yeast is used in the final mix.   Some reviewers felt cheated, but others felt it was a legitimate approximation for those who don't want to create and maintain a true sourdough starter.

There are also formulas for rye and barley breads, other baked goods, and non-oven dishes. There is a lot more than just bread.

Personally, I would not pay full list price for the hardcover. But for this price, this is a super deal to have a piece of the Poilâne story, the photos, and recipes for French cuisine.

I will likely get a hardcover edition when the used prices come down.

Has a buttton to receive a free sample on your Kindle app or device.

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TFL discussions on the book here: https://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/68159/apollonia-poilane-poilane-book-miche-formula

and here: https://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/61856/poilane-short-fermentations-yogurt

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Here's JerrytheK's bake of the famous miche: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/62690/poil%C3%A2ne-sourdough-attempt

and: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/62688/first-attempt-poil%C3%A2nestyle-sourdough

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Sale over, July 8, 2021. 

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idaveindy

Sale over, Aug 2, 2021.

As of July 11, 2021.

4•99 for the Kindle ebook edition of "Bread Revolution" by Peter Reinhart.

https://www.amazon.com/Bread-Revolution-World-Class-Sprouted-Techniques-ebook/dp/B00JYWW486/

Also discounted in UK, AU, and EU(.de), but not Canada.

It's mostly about using sprouted flour. Sprouted flour is flour made from sprouted grain.

I bought this because it has "whole grains" and "heirloom flours" in the subtitle, but it's almost all sprouted flour, which is expensive. So get this if you're into flour made from sprouted grain. If all you want is whole-grain, then his "Whole Grain Breads" would be better for you.

Has an option for a free sample.

Sale over, Aug. 2, 2021.

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idaveindy

Sale over, Aug. 10, 2021.

Still on sale as of Aug. 2, 2021.

As of July 14, 2021.

The Sourdough School, by British author Vanessa Kimbell, in Kindle format.

I think this is a FANTASTIC GREAT deal for a book of this high quality. Detailed, informative, lots of good photos. Focuses on the details of starters as well as the bread formulas.

This .99 price only comes around once a year.  It's worth more than $1 for the photography alone.

U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/Sourdough-School-ground-breaking-making-gut-friendly-ebook/dp/B07BPV28CC

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sourdough-School-ground-breaking-making-gut-friendly-ebook/dp/B07BFXZYHH

EU: https://www.amazon.de/Sourdough-School-ground-breaking-gut-friendly-English-ebook/dp/B07BFXZYHH

For $.99, you can't go wrong.  Even if you have the hardcover edition, it's worth $.99 for an electronic back-up.

Sale over, Aug. 10, 2021. 

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idaveindy

Sale over, July 26, 2021.

July 24, 2021.

Free, (probably for today only), Rekha Sharma's "Indian Cooking" Kindle edition.

https://www.amazon.com/Indian-Cookbook-Welcome-Cooking-colorful-ebook/dp/B099W1SDC9

Only 128 print pages, but a 32 MB download, so it looks to be picture heavy.

I have not downloaded it.

Sale over, July 26, 2021.

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idaveindy

Sale over, July 29, 2021.

As of July 27, 2021.

1•99 for the ebook:  "Wild Bread: Sourdough Reinvented" by MaryJane Butters.

https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Bread-Reinvented-MaryJane-Butters-ebook/dp/B07D2XJJ1B

Rated 4.6 out of 5, with 464 ratings.  76% 4-star, 13% 4-star.  84 global reviews from verified purchasers.

585 pages, 295 recipes and 475 photographs. Free sample available.

I have not purchased it, so please read the online reviews.

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Sale over, July 29, 2021.

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Sale over, Aug 6, 2021.

As of Aug 2, 2021.

1•99 for On Spice, by Caitlin PenzeyMoog.

https://www.amazon.com/Spice-Advice-Wisdom-History-Saltiness-ebook/dp/B07B8SPWS4

Rated 4.6 out of 5, with 256 ratings. 68% 5-star.  23% 4-star. 

41 reviews.

Free sample available.

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Not so much "how to cook with spices", but an explanation of various spices, histories, and generalized how-to's.  

I wouldn't pay full list price, but I purchased/downloaded it at the sale price, and am very satisfied with the purchase.

The author is the grand-daughter of the founders of the Penzy Spices chain of stores.

Sale over, Aug 6, 2021.

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idaveindy

Sale over, Aug. 16, 2021.

As of Aug. 9, 2021.

Kindle edition of Mastering Bread by Marc Vetri. 

https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Bread-Practice-Handmade-Sourdough-ebook/dp/B084V9FGSG?tag=froglallabout-20

70 formulas. 297 print pages. Includes sourdough and yeast breads. Has a panettone formula.

444 MB download. Photo-heavy. It has a lot of how-to photos.

Rated 4.8 out of 5, with 352 global ratings.   83% 5-star. 12% 4-star.

20 global reviews from verified purchasers.

Free sample available.

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I previously purchased his "Mastering Pizza" book and really liked it. 

I just purchased this, and at quick glance it looks great.  This seems on par with other major bread authors such as Robertson, Reinhart, and Forkish.

Sale over, Aug. 16, 2021.

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Sale over, Sep 15, 2021

Still on sale, Sep. 8, 2021.

Still on sale, Aug. 19, 2021.

As of Aug. 9, 2021.

Kindle edition of Crumb, by Richard Bertinet.

US: https://www.amazon.com/Crumb-Show-dough-whos-boss-ebook/dp/B07D6LH4JT

(Be sure to bookmark the errata at: https://www.thebertinetkitchen.com/2019/03/28/crumb-whoops-erratum/ )

 Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Crumb-Show-dough-whos-boss-ebook/dp/B07D6LH4JT

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crumb-Show-dough-whos-boss-ebook/dp/B07DCRYZPQ

EU: https://www.amazon.de/Crumb-Show-dough-whos-boss-ebook/dp/B07DCRYZPQ

This came out in 2019. This is the first time I've seen it discounted at this price.

315 print pages.

104 MB download. Photo-heavy with a lot of how-to photos.

Rated 4.7 out of 5, with 281 ratings. 81% 5-star, 10% 4-star.

46 global reviews from verified purchasers.

Mostly about white flour formulas. A few use a little WW and rye.

Has a formula for a loaf with 100% dark rye flour. But has no other formulas using over 50% whole grain.

For 99 cents, you can't go wrong.  Normally 7•99.

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Sale over, Sep 15, 2021.

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Sale over, Aug. 25, 2021.

As of Aug. 20,  2021.

4•49 for the Kindle ebook edition of "Baking with Steel: The Revolutionary New Approach to Perfect Pizza, Bread, and More" by Andris Lagsdin.

https://www.amazon.com/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y11MLSS?tag=froglallabout-20

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y11MLSS?tag=froglallabout-20

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y1LWLNY?tag=froglallabout-20

EU: https://www.amazon.de/Baking-Steel-Revolutionary-Approach-Perfect-ebook/dp/B06Y1LWLNY?tag=froglallabout-20

236 print pages.

306 megabyte download (ie, picture heavy.)

Ratings are: 4.7 out of 5.

219 ratings world-wide.

81% 5-star.  ---  12% 4-star.

This book goes into why and how to use a baking steel versus a baking stone.  

Has 8 dough recipes, including one whole wheat, one sourdough, and a Chicago deep dish.   It also contains recipes for several types of sauces and pizzas. 

I'd say the book is as much about pizza as it is about the pizza-baking steel.

It also has some simple recipes for naan, pita, biscuits and scones.

I have purchased it.  If you do not already have Tony Gemignani's (who is a big proponent of baking pizzas on steel) "Pizza Bible", then I would recommend this ebook at the sale price.

If you do already have Tony Gemignani's "Pizza Bible", you don't really need this, IMO.  But, if you're a pizza cookbook collecter, get both.

Sale over, Aug. 25, 2021.

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This is not a Kindle edition. But still big news for my fellow book-collectors.

My local Ollie's Bargain Outlet has like-new "remainder" copies of Poilâne for $6.99 US.  

"Remainder" copies are books that didn't sell at bookstores, and have a black mark on the bottom or top edge.

I think it logical to assume that the book is at other Ollie's locations for a similar price.

List price: $35.  Amazon new hardcopy price: $21. Used copies are selling on Amazon for $14 and up.

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Sale over, Sep. 8, 2021.

As of Sep 4, 2021

Temporarily Free: BACKYARD PIZZA OVEN: BUILDING A BRICK AND COB PIZZA OVEN, Kindle Edition, by TG FORGE.

www.amazon.com/BACKYARD-PIZZA-OVEN-BUILDING-BRICK-ebook/dp/B072SY94QY/

Blurb: "I have always wanted to build a wood fired oven to make bread and pizza, empanadas and dishes with that woodfired taste. In this book I show you how I built my backyard pizza oven from brick and cob, finished it with a layer of insulation and lime plaster and try it out with our first pizza party. I will take you step by step from the base, the concrete platform, fire brick cooking surface, brick and cob dome, smoke flue and doorway arch construction. If you have ever thought about making a wood fired oven of your own, take a look at how I built mine. Get some ideas and build a pizza oven in your own backyard. Get started today. Read my book and start to plan your own build. With a pizza oven in your backyard you will be able to come up with your own custom pizza, or loaves of bread."

Rated 3.9 out of 5, with 14 ratings, and 5 reviews.

Sale over, Sep. 8, 2021.

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Sale over, Sep 15, 2021.

Sep 13, 2021.

Kindle edition of Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Heavenly Cakes."

https://www.amazon.com/Roses-Heavenly-Cakes-Rose-Beranbaum-ebook/dp/B00BKRONE6/

100+ formulas.  516 print pages. 14.7 MB.

Rated 4.6 out of 5.  77% 5-star. 12% 4-star.

I have not purchased it.

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Sale over, Sep 15, 2021.