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Beard on Bread

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  2,032 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Since the early 1970s, more than 250,000 bread lovers have relied on Beard on Bread to show them exactly how to make the most out-of-this-world breads imaginable. Now, this classic collection of 100 scrumptuous bread recipes is available in a new trade paperback edition featuring more than 90 illustrations by Karl Stuecklen.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 7th 1995 by Knopf (first published 1973)
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Jul 20, 2012 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sue by: anyone who enjoys baking
Shelves: cooking-food
I never think to add cookbooks to my list but when I saw this on a friend's I knew I had to add it to mine. I've had this for years and absolutely love Beard's zucchini bread (has lots of cinnamon).

When I was young and not very bright cooking-wise, and had no fancy cooking equipment, I followed the directions as written. Peel the zucchini then shred it. Have you ever tried to shred water? Well, let's just say I never peeled the zucchini after that first time.
I bought this book when it was first published in the early 1970s. It remains one of my favorites. Beard's recipe for gingerbread is still my all-time favorites.
The receipt in this book says that my husband purchased this bread cookbook in July of 1996 for less than $6 cash at the local Barnes & Noble. It doesn't appear to be used. After all, July certainly isn't prime bread-baking time in Oklahoma where temperatures tend to be above 100 degrees. But with a stand mixer under the tree this Christmas, I think this book is going to get some love. "Was owning a stand mixer all that stood between you and baking bread all this time?" Yes. I have weak wris ...more
David Hill
I re-read this classic cookbook last week and enjoyed doing so. There are no flashy artistic culinary photos, only simple line drawings. What stands out here is the writing. The recipes are not simply lists of steps and ingredients. Beard walks the reader through the process of baking bread, allowing you to understand why each step is necessary to the final result. I was inspired to try out two recipes, and both loaves were excellent. Recommended!
James Beard was one of the finest chefs America has come up with. He was also an excellent teacher--a trait which carries over well into his writing. Added to this, he loved bread. These things taken together make for a significantly useful book on bread making, especially for those with little experience in the field. I particularly hovered over the introduction leading into the basic white bread recipe which contained detailed, concise, and friendly information qualified to send you on your me ...more
Ken Farley
This is a cookbook, unlike many I own, where I have made at least 80% of the recipes, and found them all to be favorites. The Banana Nut Bread, for example, is a gem. This is my goto book anytime I've got a need for homemade bread.
This is another bread book I've owned since I came of age, during the heady flower-child era. Traditional breads, with yeast, but always discussed with that manner that James Beard possessed.
how food ideas cshift. This books has a recipe for gluten bread, high in protein and good for diabetics and people on diets...
“Beard on Bread” is a great collection of timeless recipes with a loving yet straight forward introduction to the art of bread baking from, of course, James Beard. Even without knowing the legacy of The Beard Foundation this is a wonderful little book for any baking enthusiast. (I've page marked at least a third of the recipes for future baking practice.) Perfect for the novice for its straight forward instructions and informative foundation, and perfect for the professional as a well-loved vint ...more
Fun book to read, picked it up in one of the last bookshops in my small island and enjoyed it thoroughly
Reading Faerie
The Monkey Bread is delicious! However, I do use less salt than it calls for.
An excellent book on bread baking; a classic from the Master.
I was cruising around my local thrift store, when I stumbled across this book. I hadn't heard of Beard, but love bread and was enchanted with the cover.

I love this book! Beard includes great recipes, along with his insights about bread - what to pair breads with, how long they will keep, and how to preserve them. His book is as satisfying and as comforting as taking home-made bread out of the oven :)

I like his apricot-walnut bread the most and am looking forward to baking some of the other rec
Dec 15, 2014 Daisy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Daisy by: Dennis M.
Shelves: bread
Funny how dated it sounds but it's still a classic.
One of my favorite bread cook books! I haven't made all the different kinds of bread here, but it's got some of my favorite recipes and I love the information he provides about them too.
Jun 02, 2015 Anie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bakers
Fantastic book on bread-baking. It takes you from a simple white loaf to ryes, egg breads, tea breads and rolls. I was impressed by the variety of recipes, from yeast breads to baking powder and fruit breads. In fact, I impressed enough to actually buy my own copy instead of just taking it out from the library.
Beard takes you through all the steps of baking a wonderful loaf of bread. He explains the "chemistry" of bread baking as well as what went wrong when you don't get a perfect loaf and how to correct the problem.

I got this book when I was first learning to bake and never regretted it.
I've been learning to bake bread through recipes my teacher has pulled from this book. Her copy is, of course, dog-eared and old and many notes. A book worth learning from.

Beard's explanations and directions are clear and readable.
Renee Edelman
One summer in college, I was unemployed for 3 weeks. I picked up this book and taught myself to make bread. My father was actually sad when I found myself a job. A special place in my heart goes to the sour cream white bread.
Liz De Coster
I may be spoiled by more recent cooking/baking books that have photographs and shiny pages, or maybe I was expecting more from Beard. I just didn't feel compelled to jump up and bake anything from recipes in this book.
I like to make my own bread so decided this would be a good book to review. Good suggestions and interesting recipes. Because I have not tried any at this point, it is too early to rate their quality.
Shari Greenman
I've owned this book for a little over 25 years. Beard is very thorough and easy to follow. The banana bread recipe in this is my favorite and the book pops open to the recipe automatically.
May 19, 2008 Ginna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ginna by: Mom
Shelves: recipes
From an inveterate cookbook-reader... The illustrations make the basics of bread baking less frightening to inexperienced bakers, and I love Beard's stories. Another plus: the recipes are terrific!
Mar 03, 2008 Yvonne added it
This book gave me a really good overview on bread recipes. By no means is it a professional tutorial on the subject, but I like that Beard is more of a everyman's sort of baker.
Wonderful! The writing, the history, and certainly the recipes...this book is a treat. And English Muffin Loaf? Yes. Tried and will definitely bake again.
This is my bread machine bible until I learn the recipe and then I play around with them to create my own versions!
EXCEPT for my Challah!
I think this gets such a high rating from me since it is THE bread book my mother used to make all our bread when we were growing up.
The best cookbooks are the ones that give credit to the author's teachers and the ones that point you to other cookbooks.
Catherine Woodman
For a very long time this was my favorite bread book--and the cornmeal millet bread is one I will make my whole life, I predict
A real find if you want to know more about the art of baking bread. The recipes are tasty and easy for a beginner bread maker.
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James Andrew Beard was an American chef and food writer. He is recognized by many as the father of American gastronomy. Throughout his life, he pursued and advocated the highest standards, and served as a mentor to emerging talents in the field of the culinary arts.

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