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Bread Class Recipes
by Don Dickey
Over 100 recipes optimized for speed to make in under 3 hours, start-to-finish. Includes tips from 35 years experience. Sections for beginners, sweet doughs, finger breads, batter breads. whole grains, international, rustic Italian, authentic sourdough, FAQs, scoring diagrams, and more.
Breads from around the world and how to bake them at home
by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter
The comprehensive reference guide that follows is a fantastic visual catalogue of the breads of the world. Over 100 recipes and variations have been tested and adapted where necessary so that you can bake them easily at home.
The Good Cook: Breads Techniques & Recipes
by Time-Life Books
Good book for beginners, with lots of photos to show step-by-step techniques. Includes a wide range of bread types: yeasted, quick, and also unleavened, sweet and savory, basic and enriched.
The Italian Baker
by Carol Field
Knowing the regional specialties and the stories behind them is like taking a trip through the Italian countryside. Putting the recipes on paper as Carol Field has done is like preserving the villages in the Italian hillsides.
Flour Water Salt Yeast Fundamentals of Artisan Bread & Pizza
by Ken Forkish
Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all developed and tested in his home oven, which yield top-quality artisan products.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day
by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
"The secret" of this book is high-moisture doughs that can be mixed in large batches, then stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, ready for shaping and baking a loaf at a time.
Confessions of a French Baker
by Peter Mayle and Gerard Auzet
This book includes a story, secrets, tips and recipes by the author of A Year in Provence.
Bread Making: A Home Course
Crafting the Perfect Loaf from Crust to Crumb
by Lauren Chattman
This book covers just about everything from ingredients to the chemistry of bread to how to make a good loaf. Contains lots of useful info for beginners and seasoned bakers alike.
Brother Juniper's Bread Book by Peter Reinhart
As an award-winning baker and member of a religious brotherhood, Peter Reinhart skillfully blends the two aspects of his life in this eloquent guide to creating wonderful bread.
Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart
This book explores how to use a refridgerated fermentation cycle to build the complex flavors usually associated with pre-ferments. Start bread at night, refridgerate, and bake great bread the next day!
Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas For Serious Bakers
by Peter Reinhart
Expert baker Peter Reinhart shows how to produce phenomenal bread, explaining each step of the process and giving you the background info to create countless variations of your own.
52 Loaves by William Alexander
This curious book details how the author tried to recreate some peasant bread he had in New York City. His planned to bake 1 loaf per week for a year. Making bread from scratch starts with planting wheat! A wonderful read... hard to put down at night.
Whole Grain Baking by King Arthur Flour
Bake delicious whole grain treats, from tender cookies to flaky piecrusts, high-rising cakes to soft sandwich breads. King Arthur shows you how in this ground-breaking new book.
200th Anniversary Cookbook by King Arthur Flour
Over 200 years of history went into King Arthur Flour’s "200th Anniversary Cookbook." This volume is a quick peek into American culinary history. Contains over 400 recipes, for anything you can bake with flour.
Essentials of Baking by Williams & Sonoma
One of my favorite go-to references, this one has beautiful photographs that show you what the finished products should look like. The recipes are excellent as well.
No Need to Knead by Suzanne Dunaway
Useful information and recipes for many of the author's favorite breads including classic Italian Focaccia, Filoncino, and Pane Casereccio and also traditional American breads like Skillet Cornbread and Sourdough Biscuits
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Beard on Bread by James Beard
A classic! This book was the author's best seller in his lifetime and is a must-have for any bread maker. It was reprinted seven times in its first year and sold more than 264,000 copies
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Bread by Beth Hensperger
Nice softcover book with good recipes and great photographs. Includes recipes she made for a restaurant and her homemade breads. One of the author's first books.
The Garden Way Bread Book by Ellen Foscue Johnson
Recipes are organized by month, with each month featuring some special breads for holidays or ingredients of the season. Each month there are recipes for basic breads, like sprouted-wheat, quick breads, as well as treats like waffles or doughnuts. Kind of "crunchy."
Quick & Delicious Breads by Johna Blinn
This is a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for quick yeast bread and short-cut breads (made from prepared mixes) are included
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Sunset Breads by Sunset Books
Choose from over 150 Sunset-tested recipes, ranging from basic yeast breads to quick breads, classic favorites to exciting new creations. 1984 version
Cookbook of Breads by Sunset Books
Choose from over 150 Sunset-tested recipes, ranging from basic yeast breads to quick breads, classic favorites to exciting new creations. 1980 version.
Bread Winners by Mel London
Ever make a recipe in a cookbook and have less than perfect results? That's what happened when I tried the beer bread in this book (its author forgot the salt). Made it hard to invest any time in the other recipes. Nuff said. You may have better luck!
The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown
This book has been a favorite among renowned chefs and novice bakers alike for more than 30 years. Look for a newer edition with 2-loaf recipes (the original edition recipes make 4 loaves).
Gathering at the Table by Trinity Episcopal Church
Nice collection of recipes including a couple of mine! Absolutely gorgeous design and artwork. Hands down the nicest church cookbook I've ever seen.

 

 

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