Hardcover: 624 pages
Publisher: Grub Street Cookery; 2 edition (March 23, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #629,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #164 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > European > English, Scottish & Welsh #225 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Cookies #548 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Baking > Bread
Browsing through this enormous encyclopedia of bakery is something like rummaging through the attic of a centuries-old English house. Everywhere you look, there's something interesting . . . or useful . . . or just fun to know about. Go back on another day and find a whole treasure trove you missed the first time around. And, if you're used to U.S. prose and measurements, Ms. David helpfully defines everything (sometimes as a result of extensive research on her own part) and translates the measurements into terms and proportions we can use here.I can hardly fathom the amount of research that went into this tome. There are quotations from archaic cookbooks, "receipts" from all over Great Britain and Ireland, historical anecdotes about the housewives and bakers who originated items we still know today (or, in many cases, would never have heard of except for Ms. David's research), good scientific data and analysis, and IT'S FUN TO READ.What more could an armchair Anglophile, devoted baker, or simply sentient reader want? This book will be dog-eared and dirty before I ever get tired of reading it!
I knew that I had to read the whole book when the author stated that she thought too many books and recipes suggest using too much yeast. It's just as the book reviewers said, simultaneously amusing and informative. Even if you have only a passing interest in bread baking, the historical and sociological aspects Ms David presents make the reading worth while.
I have been using this book and Elizabeth David's recipes for over 20 years. I bought these books to give to new bakers I meet, who haven't heard of Elizabeth David. Her method of using less yeast produces really noticeably better loaves, and I use many of her specialty breads as well. Please try the Aberdeen Rowies.
This book is a classic. Got it for a friend since I've had it in the past, and every recipe is an education from one of the last century's best chefs. Her influence on California Cuisine can't be overestimated.
Healthy Bread Cookbook: The Top 50 Most Healthy and Delicious Bread Recipes (banana bread, bread pudding recipes, daily bread, zucchini bread, monkey bread ... bread maker) (Top 50 Healthy Recipes) Bread Machine Cookbook: 101 Delicious, Nutritious, Low Budget, Mouthwatering Bread Machine Cookbook: Best Bread Machine Bread Recipe Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine English Bread and Yeast Cookery Oster Expressbake Bread Machine Cookbook: 101 Classic Recipes With Expert Instructions For Your Bread Maker (Bread Machine & Bread Maker Recipes) Bread Machine Cooking - The Ultimate Guide to Bread Machine Bread Baking: Over 24 Bread Machine Recipes You Will Love! Bread Machine Love: 15 Lovely Bread Machine Recipes (Loaf, Dough, Baking, Flour, Yeast) Bread Baking, Recipes, Cookbook: The Secret To Successfully Making & Baking Incredible BREAD (Bread Books and Recipes by Sam Siv Book 1) Bread Machine Gluten Free: 13 Gluten Free Bread Recipes for Your Bread Maker Machine (Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Baking) Bread Machine Heaven: 15 Dreamy Bread Machine Recipes (Baking, Bread Maker, Sourdough, Crust) Feast Without Yeast: 4 Stages to Better Health : A Complete Guide to Implementing Yeast Free, Wheat (Gluten) Free and Milk (Casein) Free Living The Bulawayo Cookery Book: Zimbabwe's Original 1909 Cookery Book Talk English: The Secret To Speak English Like A Native In 6 Months For Busy People (Including 1 Lesson With Free Audio & Video) (Spoken English, listen English, Speak English, English Pronunciation) Gluten Free Yeast Free Bread Cookbook How To Bake MORE Bread: Modern Breads/Wild Yeast GLUTEN FREE BREAD RECIPES: Easy and Delicious Homemade Gluten Free Bread Recipes The Bread Machine Mystery: 1001 Days and Nights Immerse Yourself in Bread Machine Recipes Treasure Pan casero / Homemade Bread: Recetas, técnicas y trucos para hacer pan en casa de manera sencilla / Recipes, Techniques and Tricks to Make Bread at Home Easily (Spanish Edition) 51 Delicious Amish Recipes: 51 Tasty Amish Cooking Recipes Including The Famous Recipe For Amish Friendship Bread, Amish Starter Bread, And Many Other Delicious Homemade Recipes! The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread Josey Baker Bread: Get Baking - Make Awesome Bread - Share the Loaves