Resisted a title involving the words kneading and dough, but as it’s Real Bread Maker Week there could really only be one subject:
Dough by Richard Bertinet – one of my favourites, though never watched the DVD. Great recipes, great technique, my copy is quite floury now.
The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard – I really like Dan’s newspaper column, loved the recipes I’ve tried from Short and Sweet, so have no doubt that I would really enjoy a book by him about the joys of bread making. What’s not to love?
English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David – a bit more old school, as the original was written in 1977, but a revelation of the history of this most basic of foodstuffs, showing how it gets elevated from just four simple ingredients to something amazing.
Bread Revolution – bang up to date with this book from Duncan Glendinning and Patrick Ryan, who have been busy forging the way with The Thoughtful Bread Company, bringing great bread to a wide audience. Great recipes in this one, like the writing style too.
Wild Sourdough: the Natural Way to Bake – this starts out as a kind of back to basics approach to bread, but when you get into flavours like Halloumi and Mint or Chilli and Feta, then you’re far from basic territory.
Bread is such a fantastic thing to make, particularly with kids, and think of the reward as the house fills with the smell of baking bread. Is there anything better?