I purchased this book a few weeks ago and have only great things to say about it! I have made 4 recipes so far and each one has been relatively simple and absolutely delicious.
If you are interested in baking your own bread but don’t know where to start or have heard that bread baking is oh so complicated and aren’t wanting to try and fail – This is the book for you! Honestly, the first few chapters go over technique in great detail (including pictures) it then gives you a detailed list of necessary equipment and recommended equipment before even getting into the recipes, which are super easy to follow. All of the recommended items can be purchased from amazon. The 12 and 6 quart tubs are a must have for any kitchen! I don’t know how I managed without them.
One my favorite things about this cook book are the example schedules given with each recipe. He gives full day options and options that work around a regular business day. This allows me to neatly fit bread baking into my daily/weekly routine.
I also enjoy the simplicity of the recipes. They have few ingredients and simple instructions. You fold the bread directly in the tub and only have to flour a work surface once to shape the loafs. The author, Ken Forkish lets you know exactly what to expect and look for. The book starts with the easiest recipes and finishes with advanced ones. It reads like an instruction manual moving logically and gaining intensity as you go.
Will little effort and a chunk of time you can produce beautiful, delicious, chewy perfect bread that will blow away dinner guests.
The cook book also has quite a few chapters dedicated to pizza. Tonight Toby and I tried one and hoooooooooollllllyyyyy cooooow!!!!! It was like fancy wood oven pizzeria pizza. The crust was crispy, bubbly and chewy. Each pizza took only 8 minutes to bake and was cooked perfectly all over.
For such light fluffy pizza it was surprisingly filling. We made five personal pizzas and only ate two.. which is not much at all for us.
I love the book so much that I will not post any of the recipes online, you will have to borrow or buy a copy and see how great it is for yourself. But I will host anyone interested for dinner and a sample loaf!