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Bread Alone: Bold Fresh Loaves from Your Own Hands

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  207 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 19th 1993 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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Marjorie Elwood
Nov 02, 2009 Marjorie Elwood rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook-memoir
Although the descriptions of how he became interested in baking bread and of the kinds of breads that he makes are luscious, the bread itself is far too complicated. I was going to try making his rustic loaf, but the specific flour he calls for is no longer available from one company and the other company is out of business. That, combined with the intricacy of the steps to making the bread (I'm all for intricacy if it has a point; I'm not sure his does) means that I haven't tried to bake his br ...more
Katie Kenig
Feb 10, 2008 Katie Kenig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This book is as much about the artistry of making beautiful breads as it is a cookbook, and is a wonderful read. It inspired me to buy stone tiles for my own oven, and got me to bake home made bread for the first time. I absolutely adore this book and recommend it highly. It makes an ancient art truly accessible in our modern world.
May 17, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
This is the book that kicked off my passion for baking. Dan Leader interleaves equal part (exceptional) recipes and his journey to being a master baker and building the Bread Alone bakery in upstate New York.
Mar 06, 2008 Dean added it
This is a good book about baking for people who love bread. There are bits in here that are beyond bread,and talk about a lot of things like the psychology and history of bread.
A must have for the baker.
Jun 19, 2008 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Great book for bread bakers and bread lovers! I still feel that it is hard to bake a great loaf of bread without someone to come alongside you and teach you how. Bread baking is an art, this book is a fabulous way to begin to understand and appreciate the artistic process of great bread.
Jan 05, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
A flawless, thorough guide to mastering artisan bread-making. Dan Leader is a great teacher. Full of great recipes and information on the why and how of bread-making with a good list of references and resources.
Feb 20, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
When I got my hands on this book about five (six? seven? god. I think it's been almost eight years.. I read it when joseph was not yet one.. my how time flies) years ago, my adoration and practice of bread began. I really like how he presents it from grain to loaf.
Rachel Rogers
Mar 15, 2008 Rachel Rogers rated it it was ok
Have not had any luck with these breads. They sound wonderful but rarely rise - regardless of amount of time or yeast).
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
May 10, 2009 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it it was amazing
If you follow the direction in this book you will have a great loaf of bread. Most take all day to make but it is well worth the time.
Cheryl S.
Jul 01, 2008 Cheryl S. rated it liked it
Recommends it for: artisan bread fans
Shelves: cookery, memoir, 2008
This book left me somewhere between terrified and intrigued when I consider attempting the bread making process.
Apr 17, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Great book -- perhaps a bit complicated for the beginning baker (do you really care about the hundreds of bread flour varieties?) but a wonderful resource for the person on a bread-baking journey!
Eleanor Schmidt
Feb 22, 2016 Eleanor Schmidt rated it really liked it
A minutely detailed book about bread making from types of flour, salt and oven. A page turner for bread lovers
Jan 17, 2010 Eva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This was a landmark book in bread-baking techniques for me. My dog-earred copy is well-used and well-loved. It is a resource I return to again and again.
Jane G Meyer
Nov 02, 2007 Jane G Meyer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bread folk
Shelves: bread-books
I've learned quite a bit from this book and made some good bread through his recommendations. It's also a good resource for new bread recipes and for simply being inspired to turn on my oven...
Aug 02, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
My go-to cookbook for bread. If you want to develop an addiction to gluten, this is the place to start.
Apr 06, 2012 Dineen rated it it was amazing
Leader was among the first to pioneer artisan breads state-side. He brings old-world knowledge from European masters to his stand-out book.
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