Crust: Bread to Get Your Teeth Into (With DVD)
Kyle Books, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
efore I begin, I have to admit that I've never baked bread with yeast - never ventured beyond Irish soda bread, which only requires buttermilk. But I've long longed to try it, and what better place to learn than Richard Bertinet's
(which includes a DVD of '
top tips and techniques for baking the best bread
he cookbook begins with
Tools & Techniques
(sequences of color photographs on handling the dough are especially useful here and throughout the book), then seques smoothly into breadmaking under the categories of
(from fermented doughs),
). The chef concludes with bread
Fact & Fiction
, and shortlists
Suppliers & Sources
(both UK and US). In his
, Bertinet tells us that he wrote his previous book Dough '
simply to get everyone hooked on making bread
', but now (in
) wants to show '
how to apply the straightforward approach of making simpler breads to slightly more complex doughs.
' He encourages trying variations on a theme and further experimentation.
here's nothing like fresh baked bread and the magnificent photos in
make me salivate as I reach for the breadknife and butter. In the
section, I will definitely try
variations - the recipes here begin with making the ferment. Under
appeals as do
Cabernet Grape Flour Bread
Chestnut Flour Bread
look delicious and the
Japanese "Sushi" Rolls
are exotic and appear tasty.
always entices and I plan to try to make my own
(variations include two of my favorites,
pain au chocolat
!) Other mouthwatering recipes include
(great for Christmas gifts) and
(the ingredients for which include prunes). Towards the back of the book are ideas for use of leftover bread (the
with creamy mushrooms certainly works for me).
n the DVD movie that comes with the cookbook, the baker demonstrates how to make
- showing the techniques described in the book in action and proving his assertion that '
there is always a way to work a little magic with flour and water.
' If you love fresh baked bread and want to try making your own, then get hold of a copy of
, and start getting your teeth into it.
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