Cookbook Giveaway – Breaking Breads

Uri Scheft’s Breaking Breads is magic. It is tied for the number one spot on my best cookbooks of 2016 (coming soon). You can read more about this title on our review post which includes a recipe for Jerusalem Bagels and Chocolate Babka that you can bake now!

We are pleased to offer three copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S.

One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Where do you classify yourself in the bread baking department – novice, skilled, advanced or “hold my hand, I’m scared”?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends January 6th, 2017. Be sure to check your email folders for email notifications or check back on this post on the 3rd for the names of the winners.


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  • Siegal  on  December 3, 2016

    I would say I am an inermediate baker

  • rchesser  on  December 3, 2016

    Skilled, I like to think.

  • soopsoop  on  December 3, 2016

    I spent six months baking bread once a week. The only one I ever mastered was Jim Lahey's no-knead bread. So experienced novice?

  • mcrimmins  on  December 3, 2016

    I'm a novice but have to decided to bake bread on every snow day we have in NJ this winter. I read the Farmer's Almanac, there is going to be a big storm in February.

  • jr0717  on  December 3, 2016

    I'm a novice, and good at bargaining with other confections and creations in exchange for homemade bread from other bakers that excel in it!

  • tennyogirl  on  December 3, 2016


  • hillsboroks  on  December 3, 2016

    I'm probably somewhere between skilled and novice.

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  December 3, 2016

    I'd say novice. I just wish I had more time to bake.

  • sgump  on  December 3, 2016

    When I was much younger, I used to bake a lot of yeasted products (breads, rolls, and so on) as 4-H projects. But that was long ago. I would love to make the time to reengage with the craft! (So chalk me down as a "novice" these days.)

  • Marcia1206  on  December 3, 2016

    This is said to be a fabulous book!

  • Marcia1206  on  December 3, 2016

    I'm a novice in bread making However I would love to learn!

  • alirov  on  December 4, 2016

    Probably closer to a novice these days. It's been awhile since I've tried baking fresh bread.

  • lhudson  on  December 4, 2016

    I am definitely a novice.

  • vickster  on  December 4, 2016

    I am maybe a bit below skilled – not a novice but more intermediate. Baking bread is the most satisfying form of cooking for me. I would make bread every day if not for the fact that it would cause us to eat too much. I really want this book!

  • bktravels  on  December 4, 2016

    Many years ago when I had 3 young children, a full-time executive position, and a husband who traveled frequently, I baked bread fairly often. Now that I'm retired, I don't seem to have time! So, I'm more than an novice, but I don't know that I'm still skilled. My goal is to pull out some of Beth Hensperger's wonderful and inspiring bread books this winter and start making bread again.

  • Larkspur  on  December 4, 2016

    Pretty skilled. I make sourdough breads regularly and pizza dough.

  • anightowl  on  December 4, 2016

    Not a novice, but I don't think I would call myself skilled either, I don't bake by hand as often as I would like to.

  • ToPieFor  on  December 4, 2016

    I know I can do this but…I may knead (ha ha) some hand holding.
    Can't say I've ever baked bread, except for Irish soda bread, and I really want to try it! This book is just the push I need. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Elena Rose  on  December 4, 2016

    I'm no longer a novice at baking, but I could certainly use some hand holding occasionally. This book looks amazing! And I have to add that my youngest child's name is Uri, so I'm excited to get this book for him to see.

  • dinnermints  on  December 5, 2016

    Skilled. Kind of addicted to baking bread. Somehow it rises to the top of the priority list when I should be, say, weeding or doing other home-improvementy type things. But nothing turns out to be half so gratifying.

  • annieski  on  December 5, 2016

    Skilled. Maybe mad skills!

  • two2babykitties  on  December 5, 2016

    Semi-skilled, but I can always use advice. This book seems wonderful.

  • pkeibel  on  December 5, 2016

    skilled can always learn more

  • tarae1204  on  December 5, 2016

    Absolute novice.

  • meggan  on  December 5, 2016

    Hold my hand – yeast hates me!

  • TheToughCookie  on  December 5, 2016

    Skilled in breads, but want to ramp up the skills to OFF THE CHARTS!

  • sarahawker  on  December 5, 2016

    Definitely a novice! I don't think a bread machine counts.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  December 5, 2016


  • annmartina  on  December 6, 2016

    Skilled to advanced, if catching wild yeast and making successful bread qualifies as advanced.

  • lgroom  on  December 7, 2016

    No longer a novice, but hardly skilled.

  • ptherrien  on  December 7, 2016

    Hold my hand, I'm scared! Been trying for decades to make bread. Best I can do is use my expensive bread machine. Yeast hates me. Help!

  • verorenee  on  December 7, 2016

    Definitely novice, but I pretend I'm skilled, it helps take the fear of making something new away.

  • cookingforthefam  on  December 7, 2016

    I think somewhere between skilled and advanced. I bake the majority of our daily bread, but I can't knead (bad wrists), so I have to use mechanical help (stand mixer or bread machine). I like trying new recipes.

  • kimtrev  on  December 8, 2016

    I like to think I'm skilled…

  • stockholm28  on  December 10, 2016

    Definitely a novice.

  • rejcooks  on  December 10, 2016

    Somewhere between novice and skilled

  • pandapotamus  on  December 10, 2016


  • bfg67  on  December 12, 2016


  • Lyndaherman  on  December 13, 2016

    I'm a novice, but look forward to improving my skills

  • Teruska  on  December 15, 2016

    I can bake bread. I love fresh bread!

  • catmommy9  on  December 15, 2016

    I'd say skilled.

  • ckbkcollector  on  December 16, 2016

    hold my hand

  • daniellespinato1  on  December 16, 2016

    I'd rank myself somewhere between novice and skilled.

  • centraljersey  on  December 16, 2016

    He's pretty skilled but with a limited repertoire. I'm a novice because of him.

  • fiarose  on  December 16, 2016

    hold my hand i'm scared, but not for long y'all!!

  • johannab  on  December 16, 2016

    Very skilled. I started making bread with my grandmother when I was 3.

  • Hockeyluver2002  on  December 16, 2016

    Skilled but wanting to be a master!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Directjudy  on  December 16, 2016

    I am a novice bread baker!

    Judy W

  • cocecitycook  on  December 17, 2016

    Skilled, but there's always more to learn

  • Rinshin  on  December 17, 2016

    Sometimes perfect other times scrunchy face.

  • Lafauvette  on  December 17, 2016

    Novice. I've made bread a few times with decent results.

  • rivergait  on  December 17, 2016

    Skilled, but unpracticed these last few years. I taught myself in the 70's when we wore long skirts, had green plants everywhere inside, and kneaded 100% by hand. I need photos and inspiration to begin again.

  • t.t  on  December 17, 2016

    I'm beyond novice, but I don't think I'd be in the skilled category yet…

  • Sfgordon  on  December 18, 2016

    somewhere between skilled and advanced – i think it's always anxiety-producing because there are so many factors involved in making good bread, but I at least have some amount of confidence with it.

  • dorits  on  December 18, 2016

    I haven't baked a lot of bread but am a skilled baker so I'm a bit above novice. In two weeks I'll retire and hope to finally find time to bake bread periodically.

  • bangss  on  December 20, 2016

    I'm very, very skilled… at bread machine loaf baking! *grin*

  • curafresh  on  December 21, 2016

    Skilled! =D

  • Dmartin997  on  December 22, 2016

    Novice to skilled. My loaves don't always turn out.

  • infotrop  on  December 22, 2016

    skilled, I guess, but I still marvel when my breads turn out well.

  • thecharlah  on  December 22, 2016

    Complete novice!

  • DoMaRe  on  December 25, 2016

    Skilled, at least on the 5 or so breads that I regularly bake.

  • zschoppa  on  December 26, 2016

    I would be dangerous when it comes to baking bread but my husband has had a passion to learn over the past year. He is becoming very skilled!

  • AliceJ  on  December 29, 2016

    I am skilled, and still learning. I love baking bread and have been enjoying the education process.

  • JanScholl  on  December 31, 2016

    Skilled. I took a class from a baker who was trained in France.

  • mpdeb98  on  December 31, 2016

    Skilled but still need to learn some techniques.

  • FireRunner2379  on  January 1, 2017

    I make a lot of pizza dough and soft pretzels but consider myself a novice when it comes to making loaves of bread. There is so much more I would love to learn, especially in the use of sourdough starters.

  • exploringfood  on  January 1, 2017

    Out of practice is how I'd describe my bread-baking. I used to bake all of our bread, and I've got a stack of favorite recipes. Just bought some yeast the other day to get my hands into the thick of it again. Was always one of my favorite types of cooking/baking.

  • percussion03  on  January 1, 2017

    Intermediate–lots of experience, but erratic dedication.

  • leorabakes  on  January 1, 2017

    advanced. And really want this book ๐Ÿ™‚

  • matag  on  January 2, 2017

    Semi skilled

  • Nancith  on  January 3, 2017

    definitely a novice who needs a hand held

  • DJBWA  on  January 4, 2017

    Bread is the staple of life!

  • Kiyah  on  January 4, 2017

    I'm skilled at cake, cookies and pizza, novice at pie and somewhere in between with bread.

  • Lmeyers520  on  January 4, 2017

    I have been baking bread for years, but still consider myself a novice because I need more confidence in what I'm doing.

  • lils74  on  January 5, 2017

    I'd say novice to intermediate.

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