Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads

New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

Peter Reinhart

Hardbound, large format, full-color photos throughout, dust jacket


An outstanding guide for making sourdough/salt raised breads! Peter Reinhart has cracked the code for delectible, nutritious, and frankly amazing whole grain breads. If you’ve never tasted a bread baked from one of his recipies, you have a more than just a treat coming, you have a flavor/texture experience ahead of you that may well be life transforming.

Sound like a lot for a single cookbook to offer? It is, but this one does really offer it. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to say that once you’ve used it, you will likely find other bread books to be superfluous (except Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice for it’s enhanced technical information).

Reinhart’s technique, the one that gives his 100% whole grain breads a richly complex flavor, an almost delicate crumb and a texture that is “just right” for happy eating, involves creating your own “wild yeast” starter and combining it with an overnight “soaker”. To this you add some yeast and a bit more flour, salt, etc. Mix, raise, shape, raise and bake. Then, enjoy the best whole grain bread you’ve ever tasted.

If that sounds like a lot of work, it actually isn’t. Compared to every other method of creating bread at home that I have tried (which is just about everything), Reinhart’s method is the least time consuming of all. Once you have created your “mother starter,” a loaf of bread is just 5 minutes and an overnight wait to arrive at the dough stage, another 10 minutes of mixing and kneading, then an hour rising and another 5 minutes or less of shaping, another hour’s rise and about 30-40 minutes of baking. All told, your total hands-on time is 20 minutes spread over 12 to 24 hours. Even those of us with demanding jobs and busy families can manage that!!

I can’t recommend this highly enough for the joy and nutrition it can bring into all our homes. We use it exclusively for all the bread we eat and urge you to do the same. You’ll never look back, I promise!

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