Why do most cookery books – especially the good ones – have to be the size of coffee table books? I ask this question as this book is paperback size and I love it! You can read it like a novel – tuck it into your handbag and read it on the bus or train, or read it comfortably in bed. Which is great because this book should be read from start to finish. It tells you so much about bread and gives lots and lots of good advice and guidance – it’s fantastic!
As you can tell from the title, the book is about bread! Daniel Stevens provides a very practical and easy guide through all the pitfalls of making your own bread. There are chapters on why you should bake your own bread, the essential utensils and ingredients you will need to get started, and how to bake a basic loaf of bread. It then goes on to include recipes with wild yeast and without yeast. It even has a section on what to do with left over bread and how to build your own bread oven. Yes – I did say ‘build!’
The book is No 3 in the River Cottage Handbooks. It’s the first book that I have read in the series and as it’s so good I might try the others.
Find it: Bread – Daniel Stevens