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The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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Notes about this book

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    2003 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winner

  • gcottraux on February 04, 2010

    Incredibly meticulous directions. Rose Levy Beranbaum is a master at perfecting recipes to the finest detail.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Royal Irish soda bread

    • lapetitebaker on January 09, 2017

      Recipe also includes instructions for shaping and baking as 15 rolls

  • Flaxseed loaf

    • Zosia on March 01, 2014

      Delicious same-day bread with a nutty flavour and chewy crumb. Wonderful freshly baked or toasted.

  • Potato buttermilk bread

    • mfto on February 06, 2011

      This is a very tart bread. I left out the sugar because I have tried other of her recipes that are too sweet. But my husband loved the tang of the bread with jelly. I will try adding just a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar.

  • Ciabatta (Ciabatta de Donna, or lady's slipper)

    • Snadra on November 03, 2011

      This makes wonderfully light ciabatta, with a slight chew and great holes. The instructions are quite easy to follow. When I need two loaves, I makes two consecutive batches, mixing them one after the other, rather than trying to double the amount of dough (this would be less of an issue in a larger mixer). I have had good results with all kinds of Australian plain flour, but Wheatfields seems to give the best results, and the bread spreads a little less. Leftovers make excellent croutons, and the oval cloud buns make excellent steak sandwich/burger rolls.

  • Puttanesca bread

    • froggee501 on October 09, 2010

      Is a variation on the olive bread, variation listed on p. 387

  • Raisin pecan bread

    • shamby on August 04, 2013

      Absolute favorite of all the breads I've ever made.

  • Basic sourdough bread

    • vhague on February 15, 2016

      It would have been much better if I had a basic understanding of bread baking instead of a craving for sourdough. I became hopelessly confused with the directions, got impatient when my dough was not quite as high as she said it should be, and baked anyway, with the result of a tiny, 8 lb brick of dough with a nearly raw interior and thick and hard exterior. Note to self, a book will not make me an expert.

  • Sourdough wheat bread with seeds

    • Zosia on June 29, 2015

      It took 3 days and 7 pages of instructions to produce 2 beautiful loaves of sourdough with a thin crispy crust and shiny, chewy crumb. Unfortunately, the whole wheat flavour overwhelmed the flavour of all of the seeds and I was quite disappointed with it. The recipe deserves 5 stars since it guided this amateur baker with limited sourdough experience in making bread that looked and tasted like it came from an artisanal bakery, but I won't make it again. Edit: Just toasted the last slice of the first loaf - now that was delicious with the flavours of the seeds coming through.

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Reviews about this book

  • Food52

    Beranbaum really covers how to make sourdough. If you're an amateur baker looking to school yourself on sourdough, this book is for you.

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  • ISBN 10 0393057941
  • ISBN 13 9780393057942
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  • Published Nov 11 2003
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 640
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher WW Norton & Co
  • Imprint WW Norton & Co

Publishers Text

2004 James Beard Award Nominee for Baking
2004 IACP Award Nominee for Bread, Other Baking and Sweets Category

Includes baguette-shaped bookmark with Rose's 10 Essential Steps of Making Bread on it with each purchase. While supplies last.

The new baking masterwork from the author of The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible.


The Bread Bible gives bread bakers 150 of the meticulous, foolproof recipes that are Rose Levy Beranbaum's trademark. Her knowledge of the chemistry of baking, the accessibility of her recipes, and the incomparable taste of her creations make this book invaluable for home cooks and professional bakers alike.

Recipes include bread made with yeast starters, quick breads, flatbreads, brioche, and much more. From ciabatta, semolina, rye, and sourdough breads to bagels, biscuits, crumpets, and pizza dough, The Bread Bible covers all the baking bases.

Understanding and Pointers for Success sections explain in simple, readable language the importance of various techniques and ingredients demonstrated in a recipe, providing a complete education in the art of baking, with thorough sections on types of flour, equipment, and other essentials. Easy-to-use ingredient tables provide both volume and weight, for surefire recipes that work perfectly every time.



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