Did you know: Today is Homemade Bread Day!
In light of this fabulous holiday, today’s “Editor’s Picks” brings you a tribute to bread in the form of cookbooks. Learn how to make every variety of bread imaginable with these cookbooks – from sweet to savory, special occasion to everyday eating, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate Homemade Bread Day within these pages.
Bread & Oil
Coarse bread rubbed with tomato or garlic and then bathed in olive oil, is common to all the Mediterranean cultures. On the island of Majorca, it is known as pa amb oli, bread and oil. Tomás Graves takes this healthy peasant staple as a starting point to explore not only Mediterranean cooking, agriculture, and traditions but also the historical events that have rescued this simple dish from disappearing along with a way of life that had remained essentially unchanged since Roman times.
In Bread & Oil Tomás Graves celebrates the Majorcan character as reflected in its eating habits. He makes the sights, sounds, scents and people of the Spanish island spring to life so brilliantly in this creative triumph. Part adventure, part history book, part travelogue, part restaurant guide and part cookbook, the reader is charmed throughout. Recipes reflect the indigenous ingredients; wrinkled olives made with olive oil, lemon juice and crushed garlic; fried sardines topped with sautéed onions and marinated in vinegar served cold with bread and oil, and guacamole with tomatoes and onions. Originally published as Volem pa amb oli in the native Catalan language of the Balearics, this new revised and updated English-language edition of Graves’ book offers an informative guide not only to an overlooked culinary tradition, but also to the immense cultural transition that’s changing the face of Europe.
Buy it here $19.95
Knead to Know
Whether you are a professional baker, a home baker who would like to turn a hobby into a career or just someone who loves Real Bread then this handbook is for you. It contains advice, recipes and insights from some of the country’s most experienced bakers, millers and retailers. There are chapters on ingredients, how to make a bread starter, how to set up a community supported bakery, the bake house, equipment, courses and training and suppliers. Originally produced and published by The Real Bread Campaign, Grub Street is delighted to be adding this useful and informative book to its trade list to bring it to a wider market. The Real Bread Campaign was launched in 2009 to share the many values of real bread that have been lost in the quest for an ever-cheaper loaf. It networks to bring farmers, millers, bakers and consumers closer together to create shorter food chains and support each other in making Real Bread available in their local communities and to aid bakers and other educators to share their skills, experience, passion and knowledge with children, caterers, professional and home bakers. One of the founder members of The Real Campaign is Andrew Whitley founder of the Village Bakery, in Melmerby in the Lake District and author of the best-selling Bread Matters. Since Andrew moved on from the business in 2002, he has run a training and consultancy company Bread Matters which moved to Lamancha in Scotland in 2012, where he continues sharing with people Real Bread skills, pleasures and benefits, as well as questioning the true costs of additive-laden alternatives.
Buy it here $25.95
The Basic Basics Baking Handbook
Marguerite Patten, doyenne of British cookery, shares her wealth of knowledge and her tried and tested recipes for cakes, large and small, biscuits, breads, pizzas and pastries.
Baking is Marguerite’s most natural culinary territory and she starts by explaining the equipment and the basic techniques, as well as what to do if things go wrong. She covers not only family favorites such as walnut cake, teacakes and buns but more modern popular cakes such as muffins.
The book has been planned to introduce the pleasures of baking in such a way that even a beginner should achieve successful results under the expert guidance of Marguerite Patten.
Buy it here $19.95
Grub Street has reissued two timeless classics in one elegant, redesigned hardback volume filled with delightful illustrations by Georgie Fearns. George and Cecilia’s two little baking books, Home Baked (1956) and Home-Made Cakes and Biscuits (1963), were listed by Elizabeth David in a Times article in 1971 as her favorite books on bread making.
The books contain advice on equipment, flours to use and to avoid, baking and rising times and temperatures and everything the home baker can possible want to know. There are recipes for wholemeal bread, white bread, English tea breads and continental coffee breads such as croissants, Danish pastries, panettone, German apple cake and Russian Easter bread. The section on homemade cakes and biscuits contains recipes for basic cakes, fruit cakes, chocolate cakes, nut cakes, spicy cakes, pastries, biscuits and yeast cakes as well as icings and fillings.
Buy it here $24.95
No Need to Knead
Acclaimed professional baker Suzanne Dunaway reveals her truly revolutionary technique for baking unforgettable breads that that require no fuss and no special equipment. The crusts are lighter, chewier, and the crumb is moist, stays fresh longer, and has more intense flavor than most breads. Her ingredients are simply flour, water, yeast and salt – and, passion. She uses no preservatives or additives of any kind. The recipes are her own creations, developed over years of trial and error. You will find focaccia, ciabatta, pane rustico and pizza as well as breads from around the world such as baguette, sourdough flapjacks, blini, muffins, corn bread, brioche, African Spiced bread, kulich and kolaches. In addition many of the basic bread doughs are fat-free, sugar-free and dairy-free making then perfect for people on strict dietary or allergy regimes. There are also dozens of recipes for dishes you can make with bread – soufflés, soups, salads and even desserts such as chocolate bread pudding. Plus fun recipes to make with children. Suzanne Dunaway is the owner and head baker of Buona Forchetta Hand Made Breads in Los Angeles. Hailed as one of the seven best bakeries in the world by one magazine and Gourmet called her breads ‘addictive.’
Buy it here $37.95