The Bread Book Cookbook Review

The Bread Book Cookbook Review

Title: The Bread Book
Author: Louis P. De Gouy
Published: May 19, 2021, Dover Publishing
No. of Pages: 496
Cover Price: $24.95 Hardcover, $23.70 Kindle

Anyone who likes to bake breads – quick and yeast; sweet and savory – will definitely want to pick up Louis P De Gouy’s The Bread Book. It is one of the most complete books on bread, and includes hundreds of recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and are written in standard form so that every baker, beginning to advanced, will be able to follow them successfully.

The book starts out with the history of bread (interesting), and explains what the main ingredients are and how they work to make good bread. The chapter on biscuits has more recipes for different kinds of biscuits than are included in most full books. The next chapter goes into quick breads, both sweet and savory, and with enough flavors that everyone will find something appealing.

This is a book that contains recipes for every kind of bread you’ve ever heard of, and dozens – maybe hundreds – of breads you’ve never heard of. Some of the recipes for yeast breads are suitable for adapting them for use in the automatic bread machine; this saves time and makes perfect dough.
Plan to make quick breads, corn breads, spoon breads, yeast breads, fruit breads and vegetable breads. There are also rolls, scones, holiday breads, buns (including sticky buns), muffins, popovers, and even gingerbread.

It is the only book you’ll ever need to bake bread of every kind, and is one of the best books out there. It could only be improved with the addition of photographs, which are unfortunately absent. There are no illustrations or step by step pictures to help shape the different breads, which is also something that would improve this book. This book should be an addition to every cookbook collection and will be used constantly by bakers everywhere.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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