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The River Cottage farm, established by British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to promote high-quality, local, and sustainable food, has inspired a television series, restaurants and classes, and a hit series of books. In this new addition to the award-winning collection, River Cottage baking instructor Daniel Stevens shares his irrepressible enthusiasm and knThe River Cottage farm, established by British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to promote high-quality, local, and sustainable food, has inspired a television series, restaurants and classes, and a hit series of books. In this new addition to the award-winning collection, River Cottage baking instructor Daniel Stevens shares his irrepressible enthusiasm and knowledge to help you bake better bread. From familiar classics such as ciabatta and pizza dough, to new challenges like potato bread, rye loaves, tortillas, naan, croissants, doughnuts, and bagels, each easy-to-follow recipe is accompanied by full-color, step-by-step photos. There’s even an in-depth chapter on building your own backyard wood-fired oven....

Title : The River Cottage Bread Handbook
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ISBN : 9781580081863
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The River Cottage Bread Handbook Reviews

  • Dan
    2019-04-03 23:00

    I never thought I'd use the phrase "couldn't put it down" in regards to a cookbook, but I just did.

  • Susanne Sleep
    2019-04-01 20:52

    An excellent introduction to making your own bread. Enough sciencey stuff for the home cook to grab onto without feeling overwhelmed. Lots of clearly written recipes, the photography is simple but lovely and the River Cottage slow living philosophy flows through each page. Most importantly, every bread I have made from this book (so far about half) have been perfect tasting. YUM!

  • Heather
    2019-04-05 20:50

    This is an excellent handbook for the beginning or intermediate bread baker. Has wonderful tips and explanations and techniques and dives into the world of wild yeast. I'll keep this with me from now until forever!! Wonderful reference.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-16 21:36

    I want to own this book. Might spark flour conversations with fellow bread enthusiasts!

  • J
    2019-04-23 21:57

    The River Cottage Bread Handbook is aptly named. It offers a quick, entertaining delivery of useful information on the essentials of bread making which has become a favorite pastime of mine. As a reference book, it's not as wordy or philosophical like Peter Reinhart's, Brother Juniper's Bread book, one of my all-time favorites - but its not meant to be. It is a resource to be perused over and over again. It is not as detailed as Jeffrey Hamelman's Bread, and it doesn't need to be. That makes it even better because it is utilitarian; less is more. Even so, Daniel Stevens is anything but boring. His book is a witty and enjoyable read that can be taken up in a couple of sittings. But be forewarned; the information will take longer to settle in; it is a great guide for those who want to learn by doing. It is a hands-on learner's kind of book. The 'How-to' build a back-yard read oven section is weak - mostly because this guy is a bread maker and not an oven builder. If you want a good reference book on bread ovens, try The Bread Builders. This is a fine book to have in any bread maker's arsenal along with Peter Reinhart's bread books and Jim Lahey's My Bread plus a couple of others. Its a great little book well worth the fifteen bucks it is selling for online.

  • Mara Shaw
    2019-04-19 00:58

    The first 76 pages of the book are solely about exactly how to make your bread perfect every time with loads of very useful pictures. It changed the way I make bread and I appreciated the thoroughness of the presentation. Of all of his great take-away tips, my favourite is using a big (clean) trash (rubbish) bag to cover the rising dough instead of clingfilm (Saran Wrap) which must be thrown away every time. The bags can be reused multiple times and don't get stuck like tea towels. (Note: I have since read that one must be careful as some rubbish bags are non-food grade. One can buy food-grade bags, which seems really wise. The dough shouldn't be in contact with the bag, but sometimes it is when the dough is at its peak.)Having tried the bagel recipe 3 times (with my 3-strikes and you're out rule), my results are better with recipes and techniques presented by old Jewish men, so I'm sticking with them instead of Daniel's. But on the whole, thank you, Daniel. I'm forever in your debt for this wonderful book.

  • Daisy
    2019-04-12 01:43

    This is a handy book, easy to hold; that is, it's not a coffee-table book so it's more convenient to move around the kitchen. It has a sourdough section which hasn't taught me anything I didn't know (yet) but would be good for a beginner. (It's just that I'm a Tartine Bread disciple.) And it's got lots of tempting recipes and a good section on Buns, Biscuits and Batter Breads which has recipes for crackers, blinis, doughnuts, crumpets. So it's versatile and I'm glad I have it.

  • Problemchild
    2019-04-16 17:45

    Compact, witty and utilitarian, Daniel Stevens is one of the worlds great communicators teaching the basics of this skill in a manner that gives confidence to the novice. This is a cracking read; you'll never go back to commercial bread again. He proves (forgive the pun) that bread making need not be highly technical or take long. Runny dough? No worries, if you've really got a cock up on your hands get a handful of pasta dura flour and turn it out into soft fluffy ciabattas. His descriptions of the dough are great and there's even pictures of what should happen. Bonus!

  • Marjanne
    2019-04-10 19:58

    There’s some interesting description of technique to making bread. Though it doesn’t say it explicitly, the bread seems more like artisan-style bread, rather than run-of-the-mill white loaves. I like that the author was somewhat thorough in describing how the bread dough should look and feel. There’s a variety of recipes and I especially want to try the sourdough. I’ll probably hold on to this book to try out a couple of the recipes, but I’m not sure it’s something that I feel like I need to own.

  • Tim
    2019-04-03 20:53

    One a series of mini books ( in dimension, not content ) by people who have connections with River Cottage, mainly as demonstrators and guest chefs on their training courses.For anyone who wants to get into baking for the first time or who wants to extend from the basic loaf to something less mundane, this is it. There's also probably something new for experienced bakers too!Reasonable price, pocket size so you'd find room in the corner of your kitchen, ticks all the boxes.As all in this series, foreword by Hugh F - W.

  • Amelia
    2019-03-30 22:43

    This is a nice book in some ways. I loved the tone of the introduction, some of the information, and the range of recipes offered. Then I tried 2 recipes this weekend. I have been baking bread for a couple of years now, and I was a little suspicious of the proportions suggested. Sure enough, these recipes call for way too little liquid and way too much salt, resulting in tough, unpalatable breads. I think it might be all right if you upped the liquid proportion appropriately and cut the salt in half, or to even less, but meanwhile, I am disappointed.

  • Country Goose
    2019-04-10 17:37

    This book has excellent information. As an amateur bread maker, I have read a lot on the basics of bread making, and this book has turned into my bible of bread making. I carry it around my house, reading it when I am not otherwise occupied by my farm/family. The author has an entertaining sense of humor to help grasp the concept of "why" we make certain decisions in the bread making processes. "As there are several billion cells of grain, this is a reproduction rate of which rabbits could only dream." - Daniel Stevens:)

  • Nikki
    2019-04-12 23:45

    Did a basic bread making course which I enjoyed, brought this book, followed the recipe using steam to make the bread - bread didn't turn out well. Recipe for sour dough starter has too large quantities and recommends throwing half away when 'feeding' it - how wasteful.I then did an artisan bread making course and got proper instructions for making sour dough starter and sour dough. Other bread making books i have read are far easier to understand than this one. Rather disappointing as i like watching river cottage on tv.

  • Kim Greenhalgh
    2019-04-17 19:05

    I have been interested in making my own bread for some time and finally decided to give it a go after reading this book. The first 70 pages or so talk about the science behind bread and demystified the process for me. I made a few batches and am now hooked! I don't think I will totally replace store-bought bread but this is a yummy alternative. The recipes are very good and well laid out. I highly recommend this book!

  • MichelleMarie
    2019-04-13 00:36

    FINALLY!! I have read a lot a of bread books but this one finally helped me understand the formula for making a good loaf. I can't just follow any recipe to the T. I need room to breathe and make it my own. But you can't do that with bread... or so I thought. This book gave me the basics and what my options were to change it using my kind of lingo eg. "a slug of fat/oil" ... yeah that's how I roll!

  • John Burns
    2019-04-11 22:01

    This book has certainly improved my bread making a lot. It walks you through the bread making process in great detail and explains why and how you do each part.I'd strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in bread making, but mainly as an eye-opener. In terms of the recipes, the reference element of the book, i wasn't so bothered. Definitely borrow it, but it may or may not be worth actually owning a copy.

  • Libbeth
    2019-04-23 00:55

    Oh darn it, they despatched this immediately to my works address, which means it will be sat, tantalizingly, in my in tray until I am back on Friday. I took some time off as I’ve got the builders in. Well, it’s not as if I could be baking in all the mess but at least I could be reading about it. Finally got my hands on the book and promptly dropped my kitchen scales. Never mind, good excuse to buy the scales, in the shape of a book, that I have had my eye on.

  • Jaq
    2019-03-31 23:54

    I loved this book - so simple, and straightforward. It helped demystify the whole back a loaf of bread myself....Absolutely a must if you're thinking of baking bread at home.Another one for my to buy list!

  • Nick
    2019-04-12 17:51

    I liked this book as it keeps it simple, I have the US version of the book and found it very easy to follow so I will be buying the UK version soon which will join the rest of my River Cottage Handbook collection 100 out of 100

  • Brittany
    2019-04-05 02:06

    Great recipes and detailed explanations. I particularly found the section on sourdough starters very informative.

  • Richard
    2019-04-23 20:43

    For years I tried bread and failed....followed Paul Hollywood recipes to a tee...failed! This book changed it all!! I now bake amazing bread and its 100% down to this book. Its not only recipes, but a lesson in the science of bread! I strongly recommend

  • The Lotus Eater
    2019-04-11 23:01

    I'm up to my elbows in whole wheat flour and I like it! The River Cottage Bread Handbook is comprehensive and elegantly presented. I adore anything by the team and I can't wait to try out Hugh's veg book:)

  • Emily
    2019-04-20 20:58

    lovely, just lovely, not comprehensive but certainly filled with great images, good basic recipes, another stunner from river cottage

  • Sara
    2019-04-18 19:37

    SO much yummy bread!! BUt a little annoying that the "cup" measurement isn't converted into actual numbers...

  • Megan
    2019-03-31 23:43

    Okay, so I didn't read the whole thing closely... but my guy did, and he's been baking awesome bread almost every weekend.

  • David Hughes
    2019-04-05 18:02

    Brilliant guide to baking bread. The writing is simple but elegant like a good loaf. Makes baking bread seem like a natural pastime. Beautiful photography and design.

  • Harry Rutherford
    2019-04-19 21:57

    This seems like a good, clear, thorough practical guide to making bread. I have to admit I haven’t tested it thoroughly, though; I like the idea of making bread more than the reality of it.

  • Colin (Gers)
    2019-04-14 17:39

    Still having trouble making good bread.It's a bit 'hit or miss' for me.But some good tips in this book.

  • Marguerite
    2019-04-09 01:57

    The first cookbook I have read cover-to-cover as soon as it arrived in the post. Fantastic recipes and descriptions and you can almost smell the bread from the pages.

  • Jan
    2019-04-24 19:42

    Another book I want to own. Instructions clear. Picture close-ups that are needed for new bread bakers like myself.