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The Handmade Loaf (edition 2004)

by Dan Lepard

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Title:The Handmade Loaf
Authors:Dan Lepard
Info:Mitchell Beazley (2004), Hardcover, 192 pages
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A great introduction to taking bread baking at home more seriously and a good travelogue to boot. I found it helpful for learning how to make a sourdough starter. There are plenty of recipes that use sourdough in here, and plenty that use fresh (or dried) yeast, different grains, etc. Dan travelled around, learning from professional and home bakers, which he used to create his own recipes. There are a wide variety - from a basic milk loaf to breadsticks and most things in between.

Thankfully measurements are in metric (a must for accuracy) and if you want to try before you buy, Dan writes for the Guardian. There are plenty of his recipes for free on the site, though its not as good as having a book open in front of you that falls open at your favourite recipes with notes in the margin. Special recommendation for the Maize loaf and Apple & Oat bread. ( )
  RomneyMarsh | Apr 4, 2012 |
Very interesting book, with a collection of unique recipes. His kneading method is the easiest I know. Great photography and recipes. ( )
  oriboaz | May 5, 2008 |
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COOKERY / FOOD & DRINK ETC. AUSTRALIAN. Aussie master baker Dan Lepard will judge the ultimate kitchen battle on Channel Nine's new show, The Great Australian Bake Off. The Handmade Loaf is a collection of recipes, personal stories, and photographs that capture the breads and home bakers of Europe. Over 80 recipes, many of which are inspired by the bakers profiled, look afresh at traditional methods and ingredients. Their blend of history and innovation will appeal to the experienced baker, but also to a generation ready to discover the simple pleasure of baking their first crisp loaf at home. Shot in real time, with bakers caught on film as the dough is mixed and the bread taken freshly from the oven, the photographs place the reader right beside the baker, showing the detail to help us understand perfectly how breads are created.… (more)

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