Friday, December 4, 2009

Review: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois

With over 100,000 copies in print, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has proven that people want to bake their own bread, provided they can do it easily and quickly. Knowing that people are changing the way they eat and bake because of health concerns or lifestyle choices, the authors took their established methods and applied it to breads rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. That is where Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes in. Health-conscious bread-eaters need homemade options more than anyone else. They want delicious bread, but they can’t find the healthy ingredients they’d like to use in traditional bakeries, or in traditional recipes. Whether you are looking for more whole grains, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, training for a triathlon, trying to reduced your cholesterol, or just care about what goes into your body, this book delivers. For all who discovered artisan bread through the first book and for health-conscious bread lovers everywhere, this book is a must-have. Includes Recipes for: • Whole Grain Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers and Fontina • Turkish-Style Pita Bread with Black Sesame Seeds • Cherry Tomato Baguette • Gluten-Free Rosemary Parmesan Bread Sticks • Spicy Chile Whole Grain Snack Crackers • Quinoa Bread • Pistachio Swirled Brioche

Received from the publicist for review.

I love bread - all bread in any form - so this was simply wonderful for me! I made a test batch of the master recipe and it went over quite well with friends and family. So well, in fact, that none survived for me to photograph for my review! The bread had a substantial feel to it without being overly wheaty. As a bread connoisseur I was a bit hesitant to try it for fear of the crunchy-granola-chewing-for-days taste of so many healthy breads, but it was really rather good.

This one gets four stars. The book is packed full of recipes for every type of bread lover - sweet, savory, traditional, gluten-free. If you can't find at least a few recipes from the book that you love then you just aren't trying hard enough. I certainly look forward to trying out more recipes from the book. I definitely recommend this for bread lovers and bakers. It would also make a lovely, and thoughtful, gift.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

The publicist very kindly sent me some pictures of various breads from the book so you can drool over them too. The photography is so good you can almost smell them! Enjoy!

A selection of breads from recipes in the book

Christmas Stollen

Master Recipe in a Wreath Shape

Master Recipe in a Boule Shape

Master Recipe in a Loaf Shape

Braided Pumpernickel and Rye


Ryan G said...

I'm not a baker, actually I suck at it. This may be a book I may check out anyway. I keep meaning to give bread a try again so thanks for brining this to my attention.

J.T. Oldfield said...

Recipes! Give us some recipes!

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