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Tartine Bread (Artisan Bread Cookbook, Best Bread Recipes, Sourdough Book)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  5,610 ratings  ·  232 reviews
"The most beautiful bread book yet published..." – The New York Times

From Chad Robertson, Winner, James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef, 2008

Tartine – A bread bible for the home baker or professional bread-maker: It comes from Chad Robertson, a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States, and co-owner with Elizabeth Prueitt of San Francisco's
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 29th 2010 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-and-wine
I have a LOT of bread books. This is the best. Not because it has hundreds of different recipes and fancy rolls and pastries- it doesn't. Not because it has breads from round the world- it doesn't. What it DOES have is the best sourdough bread you have ever tasted, with the simplest and most foolproof method ever. This bread beats anything you will buy, it has flavour, texture, colour and it keeps. The best toast in the known and unknown universes, and the recipe can be adjusted to your own circ ...more
Steve Turtell
Dec 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
The book is gorgeous but inadequate. The instructions are not clear and Robertson seems more interested in his image as a too-cool-for-you surfer dude baker than in creating a book that is what it should be: a fool-proof method for baking great bread at home. If that's what you want, I'd advise buying Jim Lahey's My Bread or Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, both of which I've used with zero problems ever--and Keller also gives expert foolproof instructions for making your own starter, so it's not ...more
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
What this book is: a compilation of recipes from Tartine Bakery.
What it is not: a comprehensive bread baking book.

There really are only a few bread recipes in here, and the author goes into great, and I mean GREAT, lengthy detail about his breads, his philosophy, and how to make them. So, if you are not into creating and nursing sourdough starters, or don't need 20 pages of instructions to teach you how to make an artisan loaf of Tartine bread, this is not the book for you. There are plenty of o
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All you folks who are just discovering sourdough during quarantine: this is the book you've been looking for. This book is what helped me go from a good loaf to a *great* loaf of bread. ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baking, r2020, stars-4-0

Baking has been keeping me entertained these days (! I know) and somehow the whole sourdough ‘thing’ got to me, as well as a couple of online friends. Down the rabbit hole we went LOL

Queue finding everything about how to create a ‘starter’, the joy when it becomes active (and of naming it - Tamagotchi), and finally trying to bake a loaf, which came out not bad at all. When I got to Chad Robertson’s book, I’d already learnt quite a bit and I think that helped a lot.

Tartine Bread is a brilli
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic, how-to
5 stars for the 10 pages of directions on how to make a perfect loaf - because I pretty much was able to make a perfect loaf.

I am also looking forward to potentially tackling english muffins and croissants!

There is a whole section about Robertson's path to breadmaking, and lots of artsy photos of food, and a bunch of recipes that use bread which seem overly complicated - so I'm not so into most of the book.

But, man! I made some GOOD LOAVES from Robertson's meticulous directions.
Drew Rudman
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Chad Robertson.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites
There are a few reasons this book is so well regarded among home bread bakers. First, it's a gorgeous book. Second, it's not a recipe book or even a "cookbook." It has one master sourdough bread recipe, which can be adapted to create different types of loaves. It reads like an actual book and includes anecdotes, stories and gorgeous photos as well as a great section on test home bakers' thoughts and comments on how they made the base Tartine country bread recipe their own. Third, the Tartine met ...more
Lauren Kelly
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I got this book (along with some yeast, a bowl, and bread turning tool) as a gift for my wedding two years ago. I always wanted to make bread, but felt daunted by the task.

Then my good friend started making bread using the sourdough natural starter method (no yeast packets!) and I watched Michael Pollan's 4 part series on Netflix called "Cooked," of which one episode is dedicated to bread. I became motivated to make my own bread (finally) and this book called to me from the shelf.

Aside from bein
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla
This is a really good recipe book on bread baking. It’s concise and easy to follow the directions. It’s also filled with photos to help you to see the exact process for this particular type of bread. It’s a nice, crusty loaf and has excellent flavor.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
If you want to understand the whole chemistry, the ins-and-outs of sourdough bread-baking from Tartine's perspective and with its history weaved in, then it's a beautiful, lengthy, well-illustrated read for that purpose.

But if you've read the whole book to the last page and all you want is to roll up your sleeves and make bread RIGHT NOW, then this book is a true nightmare to follow. I had to flip around 30 pages back and forth for a whole hour to reduce some resemblance of a recipe from it into
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Had this book for a few years, but I just couldn't get myself to read it. I took the plunge this weekend.

Interesting book if you are into biographies. This is more of a story of how Robertson became a famous Tartine baker (and surfer) than a recipe book - if you browse through you'll struggle to see the basic recipe in the midst of it all.

The process of describing how to make sourdough is long and overly complicated for a beginner and I'm speaking from experience, because I did not go into this
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Really spent a long time with this one. I don't mean to be too big of a hater, because I did learn a lot from this book, but unless you are the world's most dedicated home baker, you're still going to find this process a bit arduous. The good: really sold me on the benefits of growing your own starter. The bad: kind of fussy, prissy process to getting to the end goal (especially *after* trying and succeeding with a no-kneed, Lahey-approved method).

On the plus side, the bread-based recipes (e.g.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Giving instructions for sourdough in narrative form is asking a lot from readers, and the process is sometimes a little vague, assuming a knowledge that amateur sourdough bakers do not have. I mean, of course, it's a pretentious book. But I think it has earned the right to be. I learned a lot (am learning) and I am glad to use this book as a reference and have a single method to follow. Otherwise I'd get bogged down in the conflicting and varying instructions out there.

Will I make white gazpach
Jodie Esler
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bread glorious bread

Excellent book with really great, easily to understand information.
I’m definitely going to try some of the techniques and hope to get some real improvements in my results.
C.X. Wood
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was good. It was pleasant to read and it improved my bread and the fun I have making it.
Trent Thompson
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book yields some very scrummy loaves of sourdough.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I went to the bookstore to get some kind of bread cookbook. I found the Tartine Bread book a little daunting when I'd leafed through it before, but I bought it anyway because it was basically the only one they had. It turns out it's really straightforward and practical. The first loaf I baked was great, every one since has been better. The recipe is precise, but mostly of the text is devoted to how to adjust it based on your environmental and time constraints. It's perfect.

I've only really read
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-cooking
This is a beautiful book and a fabulous method for making the best bread you have ever tasted. Certainly better than you can buy in the grocery store. It'll take time and practice, but the result is amazing.

Chad's descriptions make this possible. He lays out all the steps and describes well how the starter and dough should look and smell at every stage. I've made dozens of loaves over the last year and while I'm still not perfectly consistent, the bread is almost always superb.

But be warned. T
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
This book is broken into three main parts:
1) A detailed guide for a basic sourdough bread.
2) Recipes for different types of bread (whole wheat, rye, olive, baguettes, etc). These are mostly variations on the basic loaf.
3) Recipes for using any bread you bake (pizzas, sandwiches, pan con tomate, bruscetta).

So far I have made the basic loaf a handful of times and part 1 is worth the price of admission. I expect I'll use many of the other types of bread in part 2, too. I like the idea of including
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cookbook
Gorgeous, gorgeous book. If you are a real bread lover, the kind of bread where you hunker in to chomp the crust and then chew the inner goodness--not that that supposed bread stuff that dissolves in water and smell like chemicals, well then this bread book is for you. The process may take a bit of coordinating at first, but when you have it down, you will be able to make the kind of bread people fly across the country to certain bakeries for.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
What does one do when you are stuck in the Great Stay at Home Pandemic of 2020... why you try to grow a Sourdough Starter! (Key word...**try**).

This book came highly recommended by a friend, and so I got it and began reading. This is truly user friendly. It explains clearly what to do to get your starter going, how to maintain your starter, and then how to bake bread (and dozens of other things) using your starter. I have several Peter Reinhart baking books, but they seem complicated where as t
Dan Plonsey
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not really going to read this entire book. It's basically designed as a coffee table book replete with beautiful pictures of details of bread-making. Robertson tells a bit about his history in baking, but without sufficient detail or drama to be really interesting. Then there are recipes. But the thing about learning to cook in the youtube era is this: a good book can't possibly compete with a halfway decent video, when one's hope is to learn new techniques. I learned to make a decent Tartin ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has an abundance of exquisitely written chapters, and while I purchased it for the recipes, it was a delightful book to hold, to enjoy the photos, and to prepare for a style of bread making that is beyond the average bread instructional manual. In fact, when I consider James Beard’s Bread Book, Tartine has written new rules that Beard had not imagined. The encouraging text is inspiring for this long time bread maker to learn new rules!
Lindsay Clark
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I know this is sacrilege but I found this book incredibly frustrating. I’ve been baking sourdough for years and actually learned the Tartine technique from a blog, so I thought I’d go to the source and read the book for myself.
If you are new to sourdough, you’d do (much) better to find a Tartine recipe online and watch an amateur baker demonstrate the steps on YouTube. The photos just aren’t helpful for something that involved simultaneous movement.
While the recipe I made turned out well the s
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, cookbook
Back in 2008, this book set all of the standards for those looking to improve their bread backing. Since then most of the ideas championed here (relaxed schedules, high hydrating, little kneading, or manipulation of the dough) have been taken up by other bakers who have produced bread-making reference books which lack the deep background given here, but make up the difference with high quality color photographs, shorter and clearer instructions, and more recipes.

Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Yep. I read a cookbook. Just as riveting as the gardening books I've read. ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How can I not give this book 5 stars? Of course I haven't tried every recipe in this book, but I have been baking out of it since June. My bread has improved considerably. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 added it
A very thorough explanation of creating a simple loaf. Will have to try myself sometime!
Jessica Park Rhode
Deciding whether I want to be a bread baker or not ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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