Archive for March 24th, 2011

Y is for Yeast

The smell of freshly baked bread has got to be one of the most wonderful things about being alive. In fact, I think that scent could probably help to solve some of the world’s woes (maybe warring factions should meet in a bakery!). I love the smell of roses, but I think I might be more apt to slow down – and probably stuff myself – if I had to stop to smell the bread.

Before I get too distracted, here are a few titles about bread and breadmaking. Whether you do it all by scratch, or cheat a little and let the bread machine do all the work, I think you’ll find a recipe in one of these books to help fill your house with that wonderful aroma!


55 Classic Recipes: Bread from Around the World by Christine Ingram

America’s Best Bread Machine Baking Recipes by Donna Washburn

Amy’s Bread by Amy Scherber

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg

Artisan Breads: At Home with the Culinary Institute of America by Eric Kastel

Best Bread Machine Recipes

The Best Quick Breads: 150 Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Shortcakes, Gingerbreads, Cornbreads, Coffeecakes, and More by Beth Hensperger

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart

The Bread Bible: Beth Hensperger’s 300 Favorite Recipes by Beth Hensperger

The Bread Book: More than 200 Recipes and Techniques for Baking and Shaping Perfect Breads, Sweet and Savory Muffins, Rolls, Buns, Biscuits, and Pizzas by Betsy Oppenneer

Crust & Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers by Peter Reinhart

Focaccia: Simple Breads from the Italian Oven by Carol Field

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-free Ingredients by Jeff Hertzberg

My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey

The Taste of Home Baking Book: Timeless Recipes from Trusted Home Cooks