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  1. Although the descriptions of how he became interested in baking bread and of the kinds of breads that he makes are luscious, the bread itself is far too complicated. I was going to try making his rustic loaf, but the specific flour he calls for is no longer available from one company and the other company is out of business. That, combined with the intricacy of the steps to making the bread (I'm all for intricacy if it has a point; I'm not sure his does) means that I haven't tried to bake his br [...]

  2. This book is as much about the artistry of making beautiful breads as it is a cookbook, and is a wonderful read. It inspired me to buy stone tiles for my own oven, and got me to bake home made bread for the first time. I absolutely adore this book and recommend it highly. It makes an ancient art truly accessible in our modern world.

  3. This is the book that kicked off my passion for baking. Dan Leader interleaves equal part (exceptional) recipes and his journey to being a master baker and building the Bread Alone bakery in upstate New York.

  4. This is a good book about baking for people who love bread. There are bits in here that are beyond bread,and talk about a lot of things like the psychology and history of bread.A must have for the baker.

  5. Great book for bread bakers and bread lovers! I still feel that it is hard to bake a great loaf of bread without someone to come alongside you and teach you how. Bread baking is an art, this book is a fabulous way to begin to understand and appreciate the artistic process of great bread.

  6. A flawless, thorough guide to mastering artisan bread-making. Dan Leader is a great teacher. Full of great recipes and information on the why and how of bread-making with a good list of references and resources.

  7. When I got my hands on this book about five (six? seven? god. I think it's been almost eight years I read it when joseph was not yet one my how time flies) years ago, my adoration and practice of bread began. I really like how he presents it from grain to loaf.

  8. Have not had any luck with these breads. They sound wonderful but rarely rise - regardless of amount of time or yeast).

  9. If you follow the direction in this book you will have a great loaf of bread. Most take all day to make but it is well worth the time.

  10. This book left me somewhere between terrified and intrigued when I consider attempting the bread making process.

  11. Great book -- perhaps a bit complicated for the beginning baker (do you really care about the hundreds of bread flour varieties?) but a wonderful resource for the person on a bread-baking journey!

  12. A minutely detailed book about bread making from types of flour, salt and oven. A page turner for bread lovers

  13. This was a landmark book in bread-baking techniques for me. My dog-earred copy is well-used and well-loved. It is a resource I return to again and again.

  14. I've learned quite a bit from this book and made some good bread through his recommendations. It's also a good resource for new bread recipes and for simply being inspired to turn on my oven

  15. Leader was among the first to pioneer artisan breads state-side. He brings old-world knowledge from European masters to his stand-out book.

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