[Sca-cooks] OOP: beginner's bread books

Judith Epstein judith at ipstenu.org
Wed Jul 29 17:17:36 PDT 2009

The Bread Bible that you want is by Rose Levy Berenbaum.

There's also a lovely blog called The Yeast I Could Do (http://theyeasticoulddo.net 
) by a friend of mine, and another site called The Fresh Loaf (http://www.thefreshloaf.com 
), both of which discuss bread baking in a very technical way. For a  
beginner it's probably intimidating, but paradoxically it's just about  
the best way to approach bread baking if you want to really, really  
learn what you're doing. The King Arthur Flour Company website is  
fantastic as well, now that you mention it (besides having a cool,  
SCAdian-sounding name!).

Judith / nameless, but suddenly hungry

On Jul 29, 2009, at 7:07 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> I am going to take a different tack and suggest that he make
> the acquaintance of the King Arthur Flour Company website.
> http://www.kingarthurflour.com
> Not only do they sell the flours and everything else from yeast and  
> ingredients to
> the pans, tools, gadgets, baking stones, etc., they also sell baking  
> books.
> They also have a great subscription newsletter.
> There's also a blog http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/ and there's  
> a baking roundtable.
> They also do sessions across the country-
> http://www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/baking-outreach.html
> (I've attended a couple of the sessions and there were always a  
> number of older men
> in the audience. He wouldn't be the only man present.)
> He may not need a cookbook; their website and recipes may get him  
> started.
> Johnnae
> Sandra J. Kisner wrote:
>> My dad would really like to learn to make bread; I make it whenever I
>> visit, but that's only once or twice a year.  Even some of the bread
>> available at Whole Foods doesn't meet his standards (he doesn't  
>> like soft
>> bread, and even some of the multi-grain breads available these days  
>> are
>> too squeezable).  I can no longer remember how I learned to bake  
>> bread,
>> and the books I use now would only confuse him.  Can anybody  
>> recommend a
>> good book (or a general cookbook with a good bread section) for a
>> beginner?  He's a competent cook, but not a baker.
>> Sandra
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