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Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

by Peter Reinhart (Author) & Ron Manville (Photographer)

Average Reader’s Score: four and half stars

Hardcover Edition: Best Deal

Review

Bread is back, Reinhart (The Bread Baker’s Apprentice) asserts, and it’s better than ever after being villainized during the anticarbohydrate diet fads; his manifesto of renewal, this enthusiastic tome featuring the kinds of whole grain breads he sees as the way forward, will be eagerly received by serious bakers. In three useful preliminary chapters, Reinhart describes how he developed the delayed fermentation process that makes these breads delicious as well as wholesome, dissects wheat’s route from stalk to loaf and patiently walks through the new technique’s theory and process, in order to arm bakers with every bit of information before they start kneading. The level of technical detail and demand for scientific precision may overwhelm amateurs, but anyone with some experience working with bread dough and starters, as well as a desire to get to the next level, will be gratified by Reinhart’s intense but friendly approach. In the more than 50 recipes, from a variety of breads including multigrain loaves, whole wheat cinnamon buns, brioche and crispy lavash, Reinhart builds on the first chapters with detailed commentary on ingredients and preparation, encouraging bakers to own the process but never leaving them in the lurch. Whether or not a home baker is looking for healthier recipes, Reinhart’s peerless way of writing about bread is sure to inspire a new respect for whole grains. Color photos not seen by PW. – (Oct.) Publishers Weekly. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains

by King Arthur Flour

Average Reader’s Score: four and half stars

Hardcover Edition: Best Deal

Description

Hang on to your pie plate–King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking will change the way every baker thinks about whole grains.

Forget what you know about whole grain baking. Instead, envision light, flaky croissants; airy cakes; moist brownies; dreamy piecrusts; and scrumptious cookies–all made with whole grains. This is what you get in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, a revolutionary cookbook that breathes new life into breads, cakes, cookies, pastries, and more by transforming the dark and dense alchemy of whole grain baking into lively, flavorful, sweet, and savory treats of all types.

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking is a book that only the bakers at King Arthur Flour could successfully complete, opening up the home baker’s repertoire to new flours, new flavors, and new categories of whole grain baked goods. It spills over with helpful tips, how-to illustrations, sidebars on history and lore, and a friendly voice that says to readers, “Come into the kitchen with me and let’s bake.” Thousands of hours were spent testing these recipes, making sure that each one met their high standards. The final result is more than 400 delicious, inviting, and foolproof recipes that have earned a place in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking–the next generation whole grain cookbook. 125 black & white illustrations, 16 color pages, index. – Amazon

 

Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes

Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes

by Beatrice Ojakangas

Average Reader’s Score: four and half stars

Paperback Edition: Best Deal

Description

“Possibly the best such bread book on the market… every recipe a winner.” – New York Times

This accessible book gives new and experienced bakers the freedom and flexibility they need to make excellent homemade loaves, with more than 190 recipes that range from a simple Sourdough Bread to a fancy Finnish Cardamom Coffee Braid. Celebrated as a “reliable and inventive recipe writer” by Publishers Weekly, Beatrice Ojakangas shares four ways to make each delicious whole-grain recipe step by step: by hand, mixer, food processor, and bread machine.

Beatrice Ojakangas (Duluth, MN) is a well-known food writer, author, and consultant whose articles have appeared in Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Redbook, and other magazines. Her many books include the James Beard Award–winning Light and Easy Baking. She has been a guest on radio and television, including CNN, Martha Stewart Living, and Baking with Julia. – Amazon

 

Great Whole Grain Breads

Great Whole Grain Breads

by Beatrice Ojakangas

Average Reader’s Score: four and half stars

Paperback Edition: Best Deal

Hardcover Edition: Best Deal

Description

The crust, the texture, the aroma, the taste-a hearty whole grain bread makes the meal or, in the case of the cheese breads, blinis, or calzone that Beatrice Ojakangas serves up, becomes the meal. The seasoned baker and the passionate amateur, the connoisseur and the simply famished will find plenty to celebrate in Ojakangas’s classic bread-making book.

Whether it’s traditional Finnish rye, old-fashioned corn bread, scones, croissants, pretzels, or popovers, the perfect bread for any occasion can be found in this book, along with companionable advice for making it perfectly every time. For the baker with no time to spare, Ojakangas includes a large assortment of fast and easy breads.

With more than 250 sweet-and-savory recipes, easy-to-follow, step-by-step techniques for mixing and kneading, and special hints for working with whole grains, Great Whole Grain Breads should find a place in every baker’s kitchen.

Beatrice Ojakangas is the author of dozens of cookbooks, including The Great Scandinavian Baking Book (1999), Scandinavian Feasts (2001), and The Great Holiday Baking Book (2001), all published by Minnesota. She has appeared on television’s Baking with Julia Child and Martha Stewart’s Living, and has written articles for many newspapers and magazines, including Cooking Light, Family Circle, and Bon Appetit. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota. – Amazon

 

The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking

The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking

by Laurel Robertson

Average Reader’s Score: four and half stars

Paperback Edition: Best Deal

Description

The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book is the classic bestselling cookbook devoted to baking light, healthful, delicious bread entirely from whole grains. This specially updated edition includes an entirely new chapter on making excellent whole-grain loaves in a bread machine. Now even the busiest among us can bake the delectable loaves for which Laurel’s Kitchen is famous.

New research proves what we’ve known all along: Eating whole grains really is better for your health! Here, the switch from “white” is made fun and easy.

Like a good friend, the “Loaf for Learning” tutorial guides you step-by-step through the baking process. You’ll make perfect loaves every time, right from the start.

Here you’ll find recipes for everything–from chewy Flemish Desem Bread and mouthwatering Hot Cross Buns to tender Buttermilk Rolls, foolproof Pita Pockets, tangy Cheese Muffins, and luscious Banana Bread–all with clear explanations and helpful woodcut illustrations.

The brand-new chapter on bread machines teaches you to make light “electric” loaves from whole-grain flour. No matter what your schedule, you can come home to the wonderful smell of baking bread, fresh, hot, and ready to enjoy. – Amazon

 

Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe's Best Artisan Bakers

Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers

by Daniel Leader & Lauren Chattman (Contributor)

Average Reader’s Score: four stars

Hardcover Edition: Best Deal

Description

Recipes from the back rooms and basement bakeries that produce Europe’s best breads. When Daniel Leader opened his Catskills bakery, Bread Alone, twenty years ago, he was determined to duplicate the whole-grain and sourdough breads he had learned to make in the bakeries of Paris. The bakery was an instant success, and his first book, Bread Alone, brought Leader’s breads to home kitchens. In this, his second book, Leader shares his experiences traveling throughout Europe in search of the best artisan breads. He learned how to make new-wave sourdough baguettes with spelt, flaxseed, and soy at an organic bakery in Alsace; and in Genzano, outside of Rome, he worked with the bakers who make the enormous country loaves so unique that they have earned the Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP), a government mark reserved for the most prized foods and wines. Leader’s detailed recipes describe every step that it takes to reproduce these rare loaves, which until now were available strictly locally. 32 pages of color illustrations. – Amazon

Among the basics of life, baking at home and spending time with the family in the comfort of your own kitchen is one of the most rewarding experiences. And baking with a bread machine makes things easier.

While the breadmaker is baking, the worderful smell that fills your home, gets deep into the soul of every member helping to integrate a family atmosphere that will be remembered during their lifetime.

If you have children and are old enough, you can teach them how to make bread and help prepare them for life. If you are single, you can teach your friends. If you are just married, making bread together helps to build a strong and enduring relationship.

Baking bread at home is a wonderful thing and it be a family affair!

Should You Bake Your Own Bread?

By: Beth Scott

Maybe you’ve never heard it before, but you really should be baking your own bread.

Why?

I think the number one reason everyone should bake their own bread is that it redeems you from years of bad health and medical bills. How so?

Homemade Bread is Healthier

It is much healthier to bake your own bread instead of buying bread that contains chemical additives, hydrogenated oils, unhealthy preservatives, and fattening sweeteners.

If you buy white bread you’re also getting bread that is nutritionless, but don’t be fooled, store bought whole wheat bread is just as bad for you. A lot of times the whole wheat bread sold in stores isn’t really made out of “whole meal” but is just white bread that is colored (using caramel) to make it appear like it’s whole grain and healthy. Store bought whole wheat bread also contains the same emulsifiers, and chemical by products that are in store bought white bread.

When you bake your own bread you never have to worry about these “hidden dangers” or chemicals in bread. Instead you can control every ingredient that goes into your bread, and you’ll know exactly how it is processed and created.

There are many other great incentives for baking homemade whole wheat bread, and I’ll go into each one below.

Homemade Bread Tastes Better Than Store Bought

Absolutely no argument here. Everyone I’ve met agrees that the taste of homemade bread far surpasses that of store bought bread, (some have even said they could taste the chemicals in the store bought bread and really hated it). Taste is a biggie for a lot of people, and since everyone wants to eat tasty meals, you can’t go wrong by baking your own bread.

Homemade Bread Saves You Money

It’s much cheaper to buy all the ingredients for making bread separately, than buying them already made into bread. You can easily save $30 or $40 dollars a month, by baking your own bread. This might not sound like much but over time, believe me, it adds up. This is especially true if you buy as many of your bread ingredients as you can, in the bulk department of a supermarket. An entire bag of whole wheat flour (enough to make 4 to 6 loaves) could cost $4.00 or less. This is just one example of how cheap baking your own bread is.

Homemade Bread Is Lower In Fat, This = Weight Loss

My favorite reason for baking bread, is that, if you bake the right kind of bread (like whole wheat bread) it can be a great way to help you lose pounds or maintain a healthy weight.

I’m sure you’ve heard the myth before that bread is really fattening, it’s a myth at least for homemade whole wheat bread. Store bought bread really is fattening because of all the extras that large scale manufacturers stuff their bread with. Manufacturers do this to give their bread longer shelf life and to make the bread look more appealing so they’ll get more customers to buy their bread. These big corporate CEO’s could care less if their bread causes you to pack on pounds. You’ve got to remember, after all, that they’re only in it for the money.

But if you bake your own whole wheat bread you’ll have a truly wholesome bread that will help you to achieve the healthy body and goal weight you desire. Don’t think you can bake your own whole wheat bread? Don’t know where to start? I’ll teach you how to bake your very own bread with no hassle, in simple steps. Visit my Easy Bread Baking website for more details.

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