Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Bread Baking. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker. There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country. In Flour Water Salt Yeast , Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere. Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeas t has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet. Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.

  • Author: Ken Forkish
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1607742739
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 0.95 x 10.27 inches

                 

2. The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook: Hands-Off Recipes for Perfect Homemade Bread


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

Essential guidance and simple recipes for making delicious loaves with your bread machine Finally, a cookbook that shows you how to use your bread machine for its intended purpose―convenience! Create your own fresh, piping hot loaves quickly and easily with The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook , where you’ll find hassle-free recipes for making mouthwatering homemade bread. These recipes use easy-to-find ingredients and require minimal work on your part―just throw everything in your bread machine and let it work its magic. Whether you have a 1-pound, 1.5-pound, or 2-pound bread machine, these set-and-forget recipes will serve as your fail-proof foundation for exciting new bread creations. This bread-making book includes: A variety of tasty breads ―Enjoy a range of sweet and savory breads, including vegetable breads, Cheese breads, spice and herb breads, fruit breads, and more. Bread machine info ―Familiarize yourself with the cycles and settings of the most popular bread machine models. Troubleshooting tips ―Make the perfect loaf every time with practical pointers for solving common problems like sunken tops and gummy texture. No hard-to-find flours, no added gluten, no checking every 10 minutes to see how your bread is rising. The No-Fuss Bread Machine Cookbook makes bread-making easy.

  • Author: Michelle Anderson
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (August 16, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1623157531
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches

                 

3. Tartine Bread


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

The Tartine Way — Not all bread is created equal The Bread Book  "...the most beautiful bread book yet published..." -- The New York Times, December 7, 2010 Tartine — A bread bible for the home or professional bread-maker, this is the book!  It comes from Chad Robertson, a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States, and co-owner of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. At 5 P.M., Chad Robertson’s rugged, magnificent Tartine loaves are drawn from the oven. The bread at San Francisco's legendary Tartine Bakery sells out within an hour almost every day. Only a handful of bakers have learned the techniques Chad Robertson has developed:  To Chad Robertson, bread is the foundation of a meal, the center of daily life, and each loaf tells the story of the baker who shaped it. Chad Robertson developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is. Bread making the Tartine Way:  Now it's your turn to make this bread with your own hands. Clear instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos put you by Chad's side as he shows you how to make exceptional and elemental bread using just flour, water, and salt. If you liked  Tartine All Day  by Elisabeth Prueitt and  Flour Water Salt Yeast  by Ken Forkish, you'll love  Tartine Bread !

  • Author: Chad Robertson
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (October 29, 2013)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

4. The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home [A Cookbook]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

The James Beard and IACP Award-winning author of Flour Water Salt Yeast  and one of the most trusted baking authorities in the country proves that amazing pizza is within reach of any home cook.  “If there were ever to be a bible for all things pizza—and I mean all things—Ken Forkish has just written it.”—Marc Vetri, author of  Mastering Pasta  and owner of Vetri The Elements of Pizza breaks down each step of the pizza-making process, from choosing a dough to shaping your pie to selecting cheeses and toppings that will work for your home kitchen setup. Forkish offers more than a dozen different dough recipes—same-day “Saturday doughs” that you can make in the morning to bake pizza that night, levain doughs made from a naturally fermented yeast starter, and even gluten-free dough—each of which results in the best, most texturally sublime crust you’ve ever made at home. His clear, expert instructions will have you shaping pies and loading a pizza peel with the confidence of a professional pizzaiolo. And his innovative, seasonal topping ideas will surprise and delight any pizza lover—and inspire you to create your own signature pies, just the way you like them.

  • Author: Ken Forkish
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (April 19, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Regional & International
  • ISBN: 978-1607748380
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches

                 

5. Bread Baking for Beginners: The Essential Guide to Baking Kneaded Breads, No-Knead Breads, and Enriched Breads


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

The guidance you need to go from absolute beginner to artisanal bread baker Discover how anyone can combine flour, yeast, water, and salt to create hot and delicious bread in the comfort of your own kitchen. Filled with straightforward guidance, Bread Baking for Beginners is the ideal bread cookbook for new bakers. Complete with step-by-step photographs and instructions, this beautiful bread baking guide offers a tasty collection of recipes for kneaded, no-knead, and enriched breads. In addition to important info on everything from prep and proof times to key terminology and kitchen essentials, you’ll also get must-have tips for troubleshooting bread baking issues. From total scratch to your very first batch, this bread cookbook includes: Knead to know ―Discover the science behind the bread baking process, popular techniques, and the tools needed to bake fluffy, flavorful loaves. Stepping scones ―Level up your bread baking skills with recipes that progress from a beginner’s, easy-to-master recipe into dozens of intermediate and advanced sweet and savory breads. From ‘d’oh!’ to dough ―Troubleshoot bread baking issues with FAQs that address everything from burnt brioche to deflated baguettes. This bread cookbook will help you master the craft of bread making so you can share homemade loaves with the people you love.

  • Author: Bonnie Ohara
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (October 23, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1641521192
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches

                 



6. The King Arthur Baking Company's All-Purpose Baker's Companion (Revised and Updated)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

Trusted recipes, revised and updated for a new generation of home bakers. Comprehensive in scope, authoritative in style, and offering clear, practical, and encouraging instruction, The King Arthur Baking Company's All-Purpose Baker’s Companion is the one book you’ll turn to every time you bake. In it, the experts from King Arthur lead home bakers through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from yeast breads and sourdoughs to cakes and cookies to quick breads and brownies. Winner of the 2004 Cookbook of the Year Award by the James Beard Foundation, this dependable cookbook has been reinvigorated with new photography, recipes, and revisions to keep it relevant to today’s modern baker. Decades of research in their famous test kitchen shaped the contents of this book: 450+ recipes, a completely up-to-date overview of ingredients (including gluten-free options), substitutions and variations, and troubleshooting advice. Sidebars share baking secrets and provide clear step-by-step instructions. Techniques are further explained with easy-to-follow illustrations. The King Arthur Baking Company's All-Purpose Baker’s Companion is an essential kitchen tool. 24 pages of color photos, 150 illustrations

  • Author: King Arthur Baking Company
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; Revised and Updated ed. edition (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1682686171
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.8 x 10.4 inches

                 

7. Bread Baking Basics: Recipes for Mastering Bread, Dough, and Flour


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

Learn simple and fun techniques for making the perfect sourdough, pizza crust and more with this complete beginner’s guide to bread baking.   Author Gregory Berger started making bread as a hobby. Now, he’s an award-winning baker who has created recipes for some of Sacramento’s top restaurants. In Bread Baking Basics , Berger shares his no-fuss, no-fear approach to making the perfect loaf, with easy-to-follow recipes that don’t require digital scales, thermometers, or specialty flours.   Berger shares practical tips on everything from buying yeast to knowing how long to let your dough rest. He also shares inspiring quotes and insights about the joy of mastering new skills. In Bread Baking Basics , you’ll discover: · The do's and don’ts of making Sourdough bread starters · Gluten-free bread recipes and baking tips · Healthy toast recipes and advice on healthy, local eating · Creative salad and pizza ideas alongside lessons on moderation and enjoyment

  • Author: Gregory Berger
  • Publisher: Mango Media (June 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

                 

8. Artisan Sourdough Made Simple: A Beginner's Guide to Delicious Handcrafted Bread with Minimal Kneading


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

The Easy Way to Bake Bread at Home All You Need Is Flour, Water and Salt to Get Started! Many bakers speak of their sourdough starter as if it has a magical life of its own, so it can be intimidating to those new to the sourdough world; fortunately with Artisan Sourdough Made Simple , Emilie Raffa removes the fear and proves that baking with sourdough is easy, and can fit into even a working parent’s schedule! Any new baker is inevitably hit with question after question. Emilie has the answers. As a professionally trained chef and avid home baker, she uses her experience to guide readers through the science and art of sourdough. With step-by-step master recipe guides, readers learn how to create and care for their own starters, plus they get more than 60 unique recipes to bake a variety of breads that suit their every need. Sample specialty recipes include Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Bread, Golden Sesame Semolina Bread, Blistered Asiago Rolls with Sweet Apples and Rosemary, No-Knead Tomato Basil Focaccia, Make-Ahead Stuffed Spinach and Artichoke Dip Braid and Raspberry Gingersnap Twist. With the continuing popularity of the whole foods movement, home cooks are returning to the ancient practice of bread baking, and sourdough is rising to the forefront. Through fermentation, sourdough bread is easier on digestion―often enough for people who are sensitive to gluten―and healthier. Artisan Sourdough Made Simple gives everyone the knowledge and confidence to join the fun, from their first rustic loaf to beyond. This book has 65 recipes and 65 photos.

  • Author: Emilie Raffa
  • Publisher: Page Street Publishing (October 24, 2017)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1624144295
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 0.49 x 8.97 inches

                 

9. The Bread Baker's Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread [A Baking Book]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

WINNER OF THE JAMES BEARD AND IACP AWARD • Learn the art of bread making through techniques and recipes for making pizza dough, challah, bagels, sourdough, and more!   “For the professional as well as the home cook, this book is one of the essentials for a bread baker’s collection.”—Nancy Silverton, chef and co-owner, Mozza Restaurant Group   Co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper’s Bakery, author of ten landmark bread books, and distinguished instructor at the world’s largest culinary academy, Peter Reinhart has been a leader in America’s artisanal bread movement for more than thirty years. Never one to be content with yesterday’s baking triumph, however, Peter continues to refine his recipes and techniques in his never-ending quest for extraordinary bread.   In this updated edition of the bestselling The Bread Baker’s Apprentice , Peter shares bread breakthroughs arising from his study in France’s famed boulangeries and the always-enlightening time spent in the culinary college kitchen with his students. Peer over Peter’s shoulder as he learns from Paris’s most esteemed bakers, like Lionel Poilâne and Phillippe Gosselin, whose pain à l’ancienne has revolutionized the art of baguette making. Then stand alongside his students in the kitchen as Peter teaches the classic twelve stages of building bread, his clear instructions accompanied by more than 100 step-by-step photographs.   You’ll put newfound knowledge into practice with fifty master formulas for such classic breads as rustic ciabatta, hearty pain de campagne , old-school New York bagels, and the book’s Holy Grail—Peter’s version of the famed pain à l’ancienne ,  as well as three all-new formulas. En route, Peter distills hard science, advanced techniques, and food history into a remarkably accessible and engaging resource that is as rich and multitextured as the loaves you’ll turn out. In this revised edition, he adds metrics and temperature conversion charts, incorporates comprehensive baker’s percentages into the recipes, and updates methods throughout. This is original food writing at its most captivating, teaching at its most inspired and inspiring—and the rewards are some of the best breads under the sun.

  • Author: Peter Reinhart
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1607748656
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 10.35 inches

                 

10. The Baking Bible


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Bread Baking - August 2021

The latest and most comprehensive baking book yet from best-selling author and “diva of desserts” Rose Levy Beranbaum and winner of the 2015 IACP Cookbook Award for Baking Legendary baker Rose Levy Beranbaum is back with her most extensive “bible” yet. With all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more, this magnum opus draws from Rose’s passion and expertise in every category of baking. As is to be expected from the woman who’s been called “the most meticulous cook who ever lived,” each sumptuous recipe is truly foolproof—with detail-oriented instructions that eliminate guesswork, “plan-aheads,” ingenious tips, and highlights for success. From simple everyday crowd-pleasers (Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, Gingersnaps, Gooseberry Crisp) to show-stopping stunners (Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart, Mango Bango Cheesecake, White Christmas Peppermint Cake) to bakery-style pastries developed for the home kitchen (the famous French Kouign Amann), every recipe proves that delicious perfection is within reach for any baker.

  • Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Baking
  • ISBN: 978-1118338612
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.54 x 10 inches