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I have several books written by these two authors. I checked this one out of the library to try some recipes before buying. As a result, I ordered the book. The recipes are delicious & easy to make. Their method is easy & would be great for families wanting fresh, healthy bread. It's so easy that kids could be involved in the process & older ones could make the bread by themselves. No special equipment is needed, although I do use my Danish Dough Whisk to stir the dough. A wooden spoon would work fine, too.
I have really enjoyed using this book and it got me over my initial trepidation I felt towards baking bread. The recipes are easy to follow and the Q&A section at the beginning of the book answers a lot of the questions I had and that many people will come up with which was great. The tips the authors offered up were also very useful, and things that I had not heard before, even though I read many recipe blogs.
I would recommend buying a baking stone if you don't have one, though it is not necessary to use this book. I have found that it makes great bread. The second thing is that almost every recipe in the book requires the use of "vital wheat gluten". When I first brought out the book and wanted to bake bread, I became a little deflated, as I found only one recipe in the first section that did not call for it, and it wasn't an ingredient that I had on hand. Thirdly, they do call for unbleached flour - I don't know that it is absolutely necessary, but if you don't have it, know that the recipes prefer it.
My only detraction from a full five-star review? The gluten-free recipe section is pretty short for a book that puts that in the title. I do think that once you get comfortable with the process, you can easily use the gluten-free "Master Dough Recipe" and integrate it into the many recipes that are not gluten-free, and have a much more versatile book. But, if you are buying this solely for that section, I might try a different book first.
Overall, if you want to bake bread without having to knead dough, using a process that involves mixing ingredients once but yielding up to four loaves over 2-3 weeks of refrigeration storage - this book is for you! I am recommending it to friends and family, and think it is the perfect place to start for those looking to get into baking bread.
I enjoy this book. I just honestly enjoy their first book better. I met a wonderful group of people (still keep in touch with some of them!) who baked through this book together. My baking knowledge and skill increased dramatically with this book, and their first book. I don't seem to go back to baking recipes from this book.
I am very happy for the success that Jeff and Zoe are enjoying. They are very helpful in answering questions on their blog.
What I like most about this book is that after you make a few of their recipes, you feel confident enough and inspired to make up your own recipes. The one frustration I have with this book is that recipes are measured in volume and I prefer weight measures or percentage of proportions. They do have a volume to weight conversion chart that is helpful, but I basically have to sit down and convert every recipe before I start to ensure consistent results.
Decent recipes, but be forewarned the book lacks nutritional information (calories, portions, fiber, sugar, protein, etc.). I was a bit shocked to find this after buying the book, especially considering the book is co-authored by a doctor and the title states "healthy".
Note, the authors (via blog) cited that while they were working on adding it to their website, the publisher refused to fund the effort. This effectively means that while the userbase could generate the nutritional information, dissemination of that information could/would largely be blocked by the author or publisher (especially as the corresponding authors indicated they want to be paid for that work). So, if you want to integrate these recipes into a healthy diet, expect to spend additional time with a computer or calculator.
I purchased this book after having bought (and used extensively) their first cookbook - Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. This new book expands on the first by using various grains. More than just whole wheat, I've ventured in to the Gluten Free arena with success.
Have only tried a few recipes from this book, have been working through the first book, which I love. I bought this one because of a gluten intolerant friend. Thought I could make her some good bread...supermarket stuff is pretty bad. Their bread-making technique is well supported with their blog and you can ask questions if you're not getting results....very helpful.