Lexie Smith talks bread baking and cultural representation with Master Bread Baker Jeffrey Hamelman. Bread by Jeffrey Hamelman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Jeffrey Hamelman’s Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes is an solid baking book, but not one I would recommend to everyone.

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Great, I was researching sours and pre-ferments. Over the years, I’ve heard great things about Jeffrey Hamelman and I was really looking forward hamellman reading his book.

Some great advice and insight here — given me lots of ideas for new stuff at home, as well as why things happen they way they do for bread homemade or otherwise.

Breaddespite its sweeping title, focuses mostly on recipes of European descent, with a Eurocentric bibliography to back it up. But it is an excellent bread book for the advanced bread baker who has hamdlman and other resources to fallback on and one I’ll probably add to my bookshelf in the near future.

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Oh, and I suggest avoid the second edition — he switched to a sans-serif font that, in my opinion, renders it much harder to read.

Hamelman, a professional baker for more than three decades, wasa member and captain of Baking Team USA, which represents theUnited States in the international Coupe du Monde de laBoulangerie, the World Cup of bread baking.


There are reading groups on the internet who encourage others to bake a specific recipe together such as http: Follow us email facebook twitter pinterest instagram tumblr Google Plus youTube rss. I liked how recipes included side by side instructions for home bakers who did not want to bake in bulk and professional bakers.

If I needed to describe a type of bread or baking, it gave me everything I needed to communicate the inestimable value of bread. The recipes are written in bakers math and scaled for home and bakery. It’s great for beginners as is for pros.

Here, he shares thisexperience while putting world-class artisanal loaves within reachof any serious baker. Aug 06, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Looking for beautiful books? Hundreds of drawings vividly illustrate techniques, and handsomecolor photographs display finished breads. Written in English with french breadmaking techniques typically in french. The industry math allows them to scale up and down easily and to develop and compare recipes at a glance.

His recipes include a conversation with you about the variations.

Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes

I’m sure his recipes are fantastic, but this book just didn’t live jefvrey to my expectations. Here, he shares this experience, putting world-class artisanal loaves within reach of any serious baker. The breads I’ve made from this book, though, have not turned out well.

Recipesfor brioche, focaccia, pizza dough, flat breads, and othertraditional staples augment the diverse collection of flavors, tastes, and textures. I’m a home cook that wanted good info on making bread and learned quickly that this book is really intended more for people who are commercially making bread, not for people like me. Each recipe clearly outlines the key stages, with easy-to-use charts that list ingredients in both American and metric measures, quantities appropriate for home baking, and baker’s percentages.


Nov 25, Mary Beth rated it really liked it.

That is hameoman you like spending time in preparing and baking foods. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. So, I gave up after the intro. If you’ve never breac bread before, this book would be completely overwhelming, but once you know the basics, this is invaluable and has made me a much much better baker.

Laced throughout the book, Hamelman’s personal narratives offer a compelling portrait of a lifelong love affair with bread and vividly communicate this passion. Also, I love the broad range of recipes thoughtfully jeffey which act as starting places for imagination and experimentation, not My bread book. It struck me that while inclusion was once gesture enough, cultural representation today requires acknowledgment of authenticity and authorship.

Mar 28, Wouter rated it it was amazing. Only two breads in the book, simit and lavash, hail from outside Europe or North America.