Crusts by Barbara Elisi Caracciolo

Crusts: The Ultimate Baker's Book by Barbara Elisi Caracciolo shares more than 300 recipes from expert and artisan bakers, covering breads, croissants, flatbreads, pizzas, and pies. Barbara is the founder and owner of Spigamadre bakery in Stockholm, Sweden and the author of the Bread and Companatico website

When I received this book, I was impressed with the depth of information contained within its covers, the beautiful photographs and the range of recipes. There are 300+ recipes from artisan bakers around the world; gluten-free, Paleo, vegetarian, and vegan recipes; complete how-to sections on making your own dough, bread, and pizzas with easy-to-follow instructions; helpful tips and techniques from expert bakers and chefs; culinary histories behind your favorite loaves and pastries; an illustrated catalog of more than 100 grains from around the world and throughout time and still more!

Savory kale-filled buns, Lemon rice pudding pie, Salt-n-Pepa prawn pizza, and Maple pecan pie with bourbon are a few examples of what you will find here. Profiles of bakeries and restaurants (Flour, Otto Pizza, Scoozi) and the bakers themselves (Joanne Chang, Michael Siu) are the icing on the cake. You will get lost in this beautiful book, buy a copy for yourself and for all the bakers in your life. I see a Frissant on my horizon.  

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • Maefleur  on  11/3/2018 at 5:05 PM

    I’d try the coffee sourdough.

  • Shelley.b  on  11/3/2018 at 5:12 PM


  • April824  on  11/3/2018 at 5:15 PM

    Sourdough ciabatta

  • Lmocooks  on  11/3/2018 at 5:36 PM


  • rchesser  on  11/3/2018 at 5:57 PM

    Blueberry sourdough

  • riley  on  11/3/2018 at 6:22 PM

    Pineapple cream pie

  • hnordhed  on  11/3/2018 at 7:25 PM

    The Butter pecan bread puddings sounds yummy

  • gardenboss118  on  11/3/2018 at 7:31 PM

    I’d try the chocolate cinnamon bread first!

  • Lynnd219  on  11/3/2018 at 8:36 PM

    Butter pecan bread

  • bching  on  11/3/2018 at 8:48 PM

    Definitely the summer cherry galette.

  • MiMi60  on  11/3/2018 at 9:39 PM

    I would like to try to make Cinnamon raisin bagels [Bette Dworkin]

  • lpatterson412  on  11/4/2018 at 12:40 AM

    Barley sourdough!! How to even choose though, they all look beyond amazing!

  • JRumi  on  11/4/2018 at 5:37 AM

    Classic challah

  • vickster  on  11/4/2018 at 7:00 AM

    Multigrain loaf

  • lindyjane  on  11/4/2018 at 9:00 AM

    sweet potato rolls

  • PQPantry  on  11/4/2018 at 9:52 AM

    Gluten free biscuits

  • Elena Rose  on  11/4/2018 at 11:16 AM

    I would start the with the sourdough starter.

  • mcrimmins  on  11/4/2018 at 3:01 PM

    The sourdough starter and Olive Bread.

  • eatysmith  on  11/4/2018 at 5:06 PM

    Viking unleavened barley bread!

  • NancyLynn  on  11/4/2018 at 5:44 PM

    I'd like to learn how to make Arepas

  • jmay42066  on  11/4/2018 at 5:55 PM

    Sticky buns/sweet rolls [Stephany Buswell]

  • southerncooker  on  11/4/2018 at 6:28 PM

    Bellegarde Bakery's ciabatta bread

  • Veronik  on  11/4/2018 at 7:07 PM

    The pate à choux.

  • HelenB  on  11/4/2018 at 7:59 PM

    Walnut Spelt Bread

  • EmilyR  on  11/4/2018 at 10:55 PM

    Pain au chocolat

  • tennyogirl  on  11/4/2018 at 11:29 PM


  • kmn4  on  11/5/2018 at 10:10 AM

    Caramelized onion and leek focaccia

  • sarahawker  on  11/5/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Sourdough ciabatta

  • ktwalla  on  11/5/2018 at 10:42 AM

    Portuguese Sweet Bread

  • matag  on  11/5/2018 at 7:18 PM

    Sourdough ciabatta

  • debbiehb  on  11/6/2018 at 11:57 AM

    Boulangerie's ciabatta

  • kgmom  on  11/6/2018 at 4:12 PM

    I'd love to try one of the ciabatta recipes!

  • demomcook  on  11/7/2018 at 6:56 PM

    Lemon chocolate fougasse

  • jinni  on  11/8/2018 at 10:14 AM

    Poolish Ciabatta

  • LaurenE  on  11/8/2018 at 6:07 PM

    Blueberry sourdough

  • heyjude  on  11/9/2018 at 4:01 AM

    Portuguese Sweet Bread

  • Laura1  on  11/9/2018 at 7:28 AM

    Walnut Spelt Bread

  • t.t  on  11/10/2018 at 12:17 AM

    Portuguese sweet bread (Pão doce)

  • Dannausc  on  11/10/2018 at 7:46 PM


  • Siegal  on  11/11/2018 at 8:56 PM

    Sweet potato rolls sound great

  • choppergirl  on  11/12/2018 at 6:34 PM

    Viking unleavened barley bread

  • dbielick  on  11/13/2018 at 8:34 AM

    Lemon chocolate fougasse

  • elsid22  on  11/17/2018 at 8:01 PM

    Easy White sourdough

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/20/2018 at 4:06 AM

    Viking unleavened barley bread

  • brigs03  on  11/20/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Ciabatta.... any of the varieties

  • RSW  on  11/23/2018 at 8:46 AM


  • Jenamarie  on  11/23/2018 at 7:45 PM

    Spinach-ricotta pastry

  • ebs  on  12/2/2018 at 9:00 PM

    Whole grain sandwich bread

  • RickPearson54  on  12/7/2018 at 10:45 AM


  • jigglesfrog  on  12/7/2018 at 11:43 AM


  • Kblg  on  12/7/2018 at 8:51 PM

    Morning buns👍

  • Italgal  on  12/8/2018 at 12:46 PM

    How to prepare Sourdough starter...

  • English_Daisy  on  12/8/2018 at 1:47 PM

    Custard raisin rolls 😍

  • Joy001  on  12/8/2018 at 2:33 PM

    Sweet Potato Rolls!

  • sequoia55  on  12/9/2018 at 1:16 AM

    Viking unleavened barley bread

  • stepspior  on  12/9/2018 at 12:24 PM

    Blueberry scones

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/9/2018 at 1:36 PM

    Pain au chocolat

  • mllamas  on  12/10/2018 at 11:19 AM

    I'd like to bake the Cheesy chive soda bread.

  • hillsboroks  on  12/13/2018 at 1:08 PM

    The creamy lemon currant scones are calling my name.

  • FireRunner2379  on  12/14/2018 at 12:37 PM

    As a fan of pizza, I would make the Chicago deep dish stuffed pizza first!

  • dtremit  on  12/15/2018 at 12:14 PM

    Sourdough ciabatta!

  • Sfgordon  on  12/17/2018 at 5:19 PM

    Grits bread!

  • jason0389  on  12/18/2018 at 9:29 PM

    Portuguese sweet bread (Pão doce)

  • orchidlady01  on  12/20/2018 at 3:18 AM

    Ciabatta with olive oil [King Arthur Flour]

  • Karla123  on  12/21/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Multigrain loaf [Jim Williams]

  • kitchen_chick  on  12/21/2018 at 10:31 PM

    Rosemary black pepper scones

  • Dewnie  on  12/28/2018 at 3:09 PM


  • auntietina  on  12/29/2018 at 3:50 AM

    Extreme country sourdough (in my head I hear Emeril yelling ANOTHER NOTCH!)

  • Zephyrness  on  12/29/2018 at 1:45 PM

    pumpernickel, no question

  • Teruska  on  12/30/2018 at 6:12 AM

    I would make one of the spelt breads. Sourdough spelt?

  • desdemona246  on  1/1/2019 at 1:52 PM

    Maple Pecan Pie with Bourbon

  • ghill  on  1/1/2019 at 2:11 PM

    Definitely the lemon currant scones.

  • banba1  on  1/1/2019 at 7:11 PM

    Whole wheat levain

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