10.01.08

A new cookbook

Posted in food, home cooking at 11:28 pm by wingerz

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Jess and Cy are very smart. A few years ago they got me a grill book and enjoyed grilled food for the next few summers. For my birthday this year, they got me Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The premise of the book is that you should mix a big batch of dough, let it rise for a few hours, then store it in the fridge for several days (up to 12 in some cases), carving off 1 to 1.5 pound balls of dough to bake whenever you want fresh bread. There’s no kneading involved and the simplest recipe is nothing more than yeast, water, sugar, salt, and flour.

I had very little time to try it out this summer because of all of the house stuff going on. Recently, however, several events have coincided to form the perfect storm of breadmaking: 1) I’m trying to get rid of some cooking supplies before I leave, 2) between a release and several breakfast events at work there’s been some demand for baked goods and 3) I love cooking techniques that are simple and deliver great results. So in the past few weeks, I’ve consumed about 25 cups of flour (almost 8 pounds!) and baked 11 small loaves (along with four pizzas).

So far the book has been great. The first part explains the philosophy behind the book, along with how to tweak the bread to suit your tastes. The rest of the book contains recipes for lots of different breads, both savory and sweet.

Recipes to follow in the next few weeks.

5 Comments »

  1. Jeff Hertzberg said,

    October 2, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I’m Jeff Hertzberg, one of the co-authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I’m so glad our recipes are working well for you. Come visit us anytime at http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com, where you can post questions into any “Comments” field, or click on “Bread Questions” on the left side of the homepage and choose among the options.

    Jeff Hertzberg
    http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com

    Chicago tribune video: http://us.macmillan.com/BookCustomPage.aspx?isbn=9780312362911&m_type=2&m_contentid=119255#video

  2. wingerz said,

    October 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the comment! Will subscribe to the bread blog.

  3. Jess said,

    October 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Yes, we are very smart. We buy you cookbooks, and you cook for us!

  4. wingerz said,

    October 4, 2008 at 12:57 am

    I’ve received a lot of cookbooks that I’ve made 0 recipes from – like you said earlier, I’m a big fan of cookbooks that teach techniques and theory.

  5. ~wingerz » Olive oil dough said,

    November 14, 2008 at 4:09 am

    […] recipe (from my new bread book) is incredibly simple. Mix the following ingredients together in a large bowl or tupperware. Keep […]

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