willismelanie, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by willismelanie)
each recipe i've tried so far in this book is perfection. On top of having extensive and very helpful directions, Rose Beranbaum explains even more about the back round of baking. Measurements in both cups & ounces makes for an always accurate finished product. My favorite for the moment are the butter biscuits, which use cooked egg yolk, but make for thick but airy biscuit. Countless more bread and other recipes it is indeed like the title suggests, a book worth worshiping.
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wildfaerie, December 8, 2007 (view all comments by wildfaerie)
A good book for those who are just getting started at baking homemade bread. It contains illustrations on different methods and tools used. Also, contains excellent recipes for those already familar with bread baking. A wonderful resource.
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