Jacqueline Mallorca, Chuck Williams & Allan Rosenberg
Time-Life, 1996 (1996)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
read. The staff of life. What can ever taste better than a warm, crusty piece of fresh baked bread? Nothing in my book. And the fragrance! Heaven. When I happened on
with two crusty baguettes on the cover, I couldn't resist the book, just as I can't resist the real thing. '
Man cannot live by bread alone,
' goes the familiar old saw. To which I'd like to add my own elaboration: '
Neither can he dine well without it.
he cookbook begins with a list of suggested equipment. It moves on to definitions of flours, bread baking basics, and a pictorial section on strategies for baking bread. Don't let the idea of making yeast doughs discourage you. I taught myself without guidance. And I have to say my breads were not only good, they were great. If I can do it, so can you. Next come the recipes – oh, what wonderful breads! From
Old-Fashioned White Bread
San Francisco Sourdough Bread
. The recipes go on and on, along with accompanying photographs that make you want to make each and every bread in the book.
would be a winner with my family. But I'd have to try the
Portuguese Corn Bread
Round Currant Loaf
for me. Having owned an Irish import shop, I've made more than my share of soda bread and am always looking for one that might be better than my own recipe. This one looks like a contender, with the addition of plain lowfat yogurt. How about making your very own
? That idea appeals to me. If you're from the Philadelphia area, you'll recognize the old-timey
. Nostalgic and always delicious. Different varieties of
Sweet Focaccia with Grapes!
– make my mouth water.
is, in my eyes, a cookbook worth having. There's sure to be a recipe to entice you, and give you the courage to try something that seems hard but which is easily conquered. Move out of the box and go for it. I'm meeting a friend for dinner tonight at a restaurant that serves great breads. Can't wait. Don't have time to make my own today. I'm busy writing this.
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