The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread

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The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread

Format:  Hardcover,

304 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2001

ISBN-13: 9781580082686

ISBN-10: 1580082688

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Co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper's Bakery, author of the landmark books "Brother Juniper's Bread Book" and "Crust & Crumb," and distinguished instructor at the world's largest culinary academy, Peter Reinhart has been a leader in America's artisanal bread movement for over fifteen years. Never one to be content with yesterday's baking triumph, however, Peter continues to refine his recipes and techniques in his never-ending quest for extraordinary bread.
In "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," Peter shares his latest bread breakthroughs, arising from his study in several of France's famed "boulangeries" and the always-enlightening time spent in the culinary academy kitchen with his students. Peer over Peter's shoulder as he learns from Paris's most esteemed bakers, like Lionel Poilane and Phillippe Gosselin, whose "pain a l'ancienne" has revolutionized the art of baguette making. Then stand alongside his students in the kitchen as Peter teaches the classic twelve stages of building bread, his clear instructions accompanied by over 100 step-by-step photographs.
You'll put newfound knowledge into practice with 50 new master formulas for such classic breads as rustic "ciabatta," hearty "pain de campagne," old-school New York bagels, and the book's Holy Grail-Peter's version of the famed "pain a l'ancienne." En route, Peter distills hard science, advanced techniques, and food history into a remarkably accessible and engaging resource that is as rich and multitextured as
the loaves you'll turn out. This is original food writing at its most captivating, teaching at its most inspired and inspiring-and the rewards are some of the best breads under the sun.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2001
ISBN-13: 9781580082686
ISBN-10: 1580082688
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.25 x 10.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What Is It about Bread?p. 7
Deconstructing Bread: A Tutorialp. 27
Assumptions and Rationalesp. 27
The Twelve Stages of Bread: Evoking the Fullness of Flavor from the Grainp. 48
Formulasp. 103
The Final Grace Note: Wood-Fired Baking in Bennett Valleyp. 273
Resourcesp. 285
Indexp. 293

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2001-11-15)

Author of the well-respected Brother Juniper's Bread Book and Crust & Crumb, baker-turned-culinary instructor Reinhart draws on his baking and teaching experience to provide an authoritative but un intimidating guide to baking professional-quality loaves of all sorts. He begins with an account of a recent tour of specialty bakeries in Paris, including Gosselin, where he learned to make the young baker's unique pain l'ancienne which, Reinhart says, would be better called pain modern, as it uses a modern invention (the refrigerator) to produce a "cold-dough delayed-fermentation" baguette, the best he has ever tasted.

He found this technique revolutionary, and he includes the recipe here, along with a wide variety of other artisan and classic breads, from Ciabatta to Poilene-Style Miche to Tuscan Bread. The recipes are preceded by a 50-page primer on the "twelve stages of bread", and there are dozens of photographs, including particularly helpful ones of shaping different loaves. Valuable for both the professional and the novice, this is highly recommended for all baking collections.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • IACP Crystal Whisk Awards, 2002 (United States)
  • James Beard Foundation KitchenAid Book Awards, 2002 (United States)

Book description

Co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper’s Bakery, author of the landmark books Brother Juniper’s Bread Book and Crust & Crumb, and distinguished instructor at the world’s largest culinary academy, Peter Reinhart has been a leader in America’s artisanal bread movement for over fifteen years. Never one to be content with yesterday’s baking triumph, however, Peter continues to refine his recipes and techniques in his never-ending quest for extraordinary bread.

In The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, Peter shares his latest bread breakthroughs, arising from his study in several of France’s famed boulangeries and the always-enlightening time spent in the culinary academy kitchen with his students. Peer over Peter’s shoulder as he learns from Paris’s most esteemed bakers, like Lionel Poilâne and Phillippe Gosselin, whose pain à l’ancienne has revolutionized the art of baguette making. Then stand alongside his students in the kitchen as Peter teaches the classic twelve stages of building bread, his clear instructions accompanied by over 100 step-by-step photographs.

You’ll put newfound knowledge into practice with 50 new master formulas for such classic breads as rustic ciabatta, hearty pain de campagne, old-school New York bagels, and the book’s Holy Grail–Peter’s version of the famed pain à l’ancienne. En route, Peter distills hard science, advanced techniques, and food history into a remarkably accessible and engaging resource that is as rich and multitextured as

the loaves you’ll turn out. This is original food writing at its most captivating, teaching at its most inspired and inspiring–and the rewards are some of the best breads under the sun.

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