My boyfriend doesn't cook much, but the one thing he does like to do is bake bread. I had the chance to write a review for The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart, and I thought this would be a great book for him to learn more. Boy, was I right. Peter Reinhart has written 8 books about bread and baking. He's also won the James Beard Award for 3 of them. He is a baking instructor at Johnson and Wales University.
This book is incredibly detailed. You read details about ingredients and the process of bread making that you probably never considered before. The book gives you an actual mathematical formula for bread making.
You get checklists and charts, including a chart that lists the types of breads and all of their attributes. The author talks about the 12 steps of making bread. You get pictorial and written instructions on making all different bread shapes, and formulas for all different types of bread. The book is full of great pictures. There are tons of great bread recipes including bagels, Challah,ciabatta,marble rye, French, and English muffins. Each recipe includes detailed instructions, a recipe list including measurements in your usual a l cups and tablespoon measurements and also in grams and ounces, and percentages of ingredients. You also get a section with tips and commentary. You learn to bake like a master with this great hardcover book. It would make a great gift for your favorite baker. You can pick up this great book, and get more information Here.
I received this book for free for my honest unbiased review.