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Bread Making: A Home Course: Crafting the Perfect Loaf, From Crust to Crumb

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Treat your friends and family to freshly baked ciabatta, challah, English muffins, naan, brioche, and more. Even complete beginners can successfully bake their own bread with this encouraging in-depth course. Lauren Chattman covers standard bread-making techniques for every style, including straight doughs, sourdoughs, and flatbreads. From sifting flour to cleanly slicing ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the past few weeks, I’ve gotten really interested in baking bread at home. This is honestly really weird. My kitchen experience pretty much consists of boxed macaroni and cheese, rice in the rice cooker, and Ramen. I can brown beef in an emergency.

Why the sudden change? At some point I decided that if I’m going to eat bread as often as I do, I need to learn to make it myself. The original thought behind this was that I’d be too lazy to actually do it, thus cutting back on my bread consumption
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: baking, cooking
It’s safe to say that many have never baked bread that did not come from the frozen section of the grocery or from a pop open tube. Pastry chef and author Lauren Chattman hopes to inspire changing that in her new Bread Making: Crafting the Perfect Loaf from Crust to Crumb (Storey Publishing, March, 2011). In Bread Making, Chattman lays out (in a toney, smart style) all the basics of making true artisan breads – with shatteringly crisp crusts, deep flavors, complex aromas and substance. Breads we ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a novice baker, and I found all of this book extremely easy to understand. She explained the differences between the different breads and how to make them and I was able to follow along- AND still not feel overwhelmed by all the information. I want to own this book so I can come back to it again and again. A part I found particularly helpful was the section at the end of each chapter where she lists the possible questions you may have, and then answers them. How smart is that to be able to ...more
Bridgette Sparks
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book really tries to tell you the ins and outs of bread making. I liked the explanations of different terms that I have heard before but other books do not take the time to explain. She also explains briefly why one chooses a poolish vs biga vs sponge vs "old dough". I think she does a great job of citing other books that will bring even more detail to the particular aspects she is referencing. I also enjoyed the Q and A sections of the book. Looking forward to trying some of the recipes.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
While this is a book about baking, it isn't really a cookbook as I am used to thinking of the genre. There are recipes but most of the almost three hundred pages of this book are used to discuss the ingredients, equipment and techniques used in baking bread rather than for recipes. If you are used to making bread you'll probably find this book to be overkill; however if you've ever wondered how people get from yeast and flour to sandwich bread, this book will have all you ever wanted to know.

Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
While I liked the information, and the recipes that I tried, the formatting was confusing. There is no index for the recipes, which are scattered throughout the "course." The English muffin recipe rocks. I really miss my mom's sourdough English muffins, but not enough to add sourdough starter to my life. This recipe is just as good.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I learned so much about bread baking from this book. I didn't like the recipes so much though. My advice: skip the recipes and read the info at the front of the book. Use your tried and true recipes with the tips given in this book. My traditional roll recipe turned out melt-in-your-mouth good because of it!
Phil James
Aug 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Lots of great information.
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