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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg
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Jan 31, 10

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Read in January, 2010

Cookbook. A follow-up to their previous book, this explores using the no-knead method with whole grains, gluten-free flours, natural sweeteners, healthy nuts and seeds, beets, you know, whatever's handy.

There's a great introduction to the different kinds of flours and ingredients used in the recipes. It also goes over possible substitutions and includes a conversion chart from volume to weight if that's how you roll. There's some refinement of the original method, which I appreciated. You can easily reduce or increase the amount of salt, or, if you find the breads taste too much like beer, reduce the amount of yeast; they go over the consequences of each, and how those changes affect the bread-making process.

The beginning covers a lot of the same ground as the previous book -- tools needed, how to shape loaves, troubleshooting -- but unlike the first book, almost all of these one hundred recipes are breads, not things to eat with bread. The recipes are easy to use and follow and there are lots of informative sidebars, though still not enough pictures for my liking.

Again, these recipes are ideal for those who do not have the time, ability, or attention span to make traditional breads, with the added benefit of healthier eating choices and the option to cook gluten-free.

Four stars. Not only is this a great method for quick bread, it's a great cookbook too.
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