The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread

Peter Reinhart



One of our daughters requested this book as a birthday gift one year. Off it went and soon we were hearing about dinner after dinner that she hosted for her friends, and all the bread she was baking in her very minimalist student kitchen.

And that’s the point – this is not only the quintessential book on the art of making bread, it is the only bread baking book that doesn’t presume that you have a professional kitchen at your disposal (though our daughter said she didn’t find tips on how to handle an oven whose door couldn’t be opened fully because it hit the refrigerator . . .). At the same time, it doesn’t skimp at all on the quality of bread it teaches you to bake.

In addition to learning how to handle an oven that heats unevenly, and other real-life possibilities, you’ll find a fully illustrated introduction to what bread is, and how some of the things we do during baking make the staple we all love so much.

You’ll also find some of the best recipes ever for artisan breads of all kinds – and discover in the process that you really can make them at home, regardless of your means or your kitchen. This is one of those rare books that is as valuable to the beginner as it is to the most experienced cook – I predict it will become one of the most-used cookbooks you own.

A book to love – a must for any cook’s bookshelf.

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