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Can the incomparable taste, texture, and aroma of handcrafted bread from a neighborhood bakery be reproduced in a bread machine? When Beth Hensperger, one of America's most respected authorities on bread, first set out to try, she had doubts. Then she spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of breads in a bread maker, and her answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!" I Can the incomparable taste, texture, and aroma of handcrafted bread from a neighborhood bakery be reproduced in a bread machine? When Beth Hensperger, one of America's most respected authorities on bread, first set out to try, she had doubts. Then she spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of breads in a bread maker, and her answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!" In this big and bountiful book full of more than 300 recipes, she reveals all the simple secrets for perfect bread, every time. No matter how you slice it, Beth's brilliant recipes add up to a lifetime of fun with your bread machine! Recipes include: Whole Wheat Bread Gluten Free Bread Sourdough Bread Nut Bread Cheese Bread Pizza and Focaccia Coffee Cakes and Sweet Roll Chocolate Bread


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Can the incomparable taste, texture, and aroma of handcrafted bread from a neighborhood bakery be reproduced in a bread machine? When Beth Hensperger, one of America's most respected authorities on bread, first set out to try, she had doubts. Then she spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of breads in a bread maker, and her answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!" I Can the incomparable taste, texture, and aroma of handcrafted bread from a neighborhood bakery be reproduced in a bread machine? When Beth Hensperger, one of America's most respected authorities on bread, first set out to try, she had doubts. Then she spent hundreds of hours testing all kinds of breads in a bread maker, and her answer turned out to be a resounding "Yes!" In this big and bountiful book full of more than 300 recipes, she reveals all the simple secrets for perfect bread, every time. No matter how you slice it, Beth's brilliant recipes add up to a lifetime of fun with your bread machine! Recipes include: Whole Wheat Bread Gluten Free Bread Sourdough Bread Nut Bread Cheese Bread Pizza and Focaccia Coffee Cakes and Sweet Roll Chocolate Bread

30 review for Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker's 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    This is the third bread machine cookbook I've borrowed from my library, and so far it looks like the best! Things I liked: I love the layout! For me, this is what I expect a cookbook to look like: it's the correct aspect ratio, it's not full of pretty photos, the recipe layouts are crisp and easy to read, and are for different pound loaves (since I have a 2lb bread machine, this makes it easy for me to choose the correct recipe for my machine). The information in the "Orientation" section is truly This is the third bread machine cookbook I've borrowed from my library, and so far it looks like the best! Things I liked: I love the layout! For me, this is what I expect a cookbook to look like: it's the correct aspect ratio, it's not full of pretty photos, the recipe layouts are crisp and easy to read, and are for different pound loaves (since I have a 2lb bread machine, this makes it easy for me to choose the correct recipe for my machine). The information in the "Orientation" section is truly useful information (although it's also larded with a long blog-style beginner recipe for bread - this would be useful for a beginning baker, but does nothing for me). This is the first cookbook I've looked at that really tells me something about what the different bread machine cycles are doing so far as temperature and time! Most of the recipes are true bread machine recipes, but there are also recipes for rolls, shaped loaves, bagels, English muffins, and pasta. There are also recipes for what to do with leftover bread. A lot of the recipes call for added wheat gluten, which is something I've been thinking is needed in my other bread machine trials (but had not added, yet, since none of the other cookbook recipes called for it). There are sections of "sampler breads" (basically, one pound loaves), something I have not seen in another cookbook Amusingly, the author is a professional baker and teacher, and in the intro she cannot resist throwing in a few asides about the joys of hand kneading and learning the feel of the bread, but she also acknowledges her bias and admits that making bread in a bread machine is a perfectly valid style of baking. "Once I ... set aside my disgruntled attitude about making bread MY way, I couldn't leave the machine alone." TRUTH. To quote my 13 year old daughter, who asked why I was making so much bread: "is this your life now?" Yes, yes it is :-) Things I didn't like: - It was not a simple matter to just impatiently dive in and start following a recipe, her directions assumed that I had read the complete "Orientation" section (I had not) and that I would understand her terminology (I did not). - The recipes all seem to over-rise. (I would have given this cookbook 5 stars except for this problem.) Recipes I tried (I used the 2-pound loaf recipe, in my 2 lb bread machine): Brioche bread - the directions were confusing. They said (this is my abridged version): "1. add ingredients, use the basic cycle, the dough will be soft and sticky. 2. Ten minutes into Knead 2, add butter a piece or two at a time." I didn't know what "Knead 2" meant, so I just followed step 1 and trusted that there would be a "Knead 2" that I had somehow never noticed. Oy! There was no Knead 2. I ended up restarting my machine to go back to the beginning of the cycle so I could add the butter and have it kneaded in, which means my bread dough was ultimately kneaded twice as long as it maybe should have been. (I've always lived by the philosophy of: do NOT overmix the muffin or cake batter, but mix bread and pizza dough for as long as you like, because it's not possible to knead the bread too long so I was hopeful that this would be okay.) After this I paged through the "Orientation" section more thoroughly and read the blog-style recipes and discovered that Hensperger's "Knead 2" is when my machine beeps in the middle of kneading to let me know I can add ingredients like raisins or nuts. This rose fairly high, and bumped into the lid of my breadmaker, so I started worrying it was going to over-rise and collapse, but it baked nicely. Directions said to open the lid after baking and let the loaf sit for fifteen minutes, which I did, and then to turn it out of the pan and let it cool completely before slicing, and bitch please! I'm smelling fresh-baked bread, I'd better be eating warm fresh-baked bread. (I did let it cool for about ten minutes because I am not a monster.) Verdict: this slices beautifully, it baked perfectly, light and fluffy, with a wonderfully flaky crust and tastes exactly the way brioche should taste. SUCCESS! Honey wheat bread - I wasn't expecting anything special, because honey wheat is honey wheat, right? But this was REALLY tasty!! The recipe cautioned that this dough is slow to rise, so we shouldn't worry, and no kidding is it ever. I worried. It rose just fine. SUCCESS! This bread was still excellent a week later (yes we had a little bit left). Chocolate cherry bread - I used 3/4 c dried cherries plus 1/8 c chocolate chips in place of the 7/8 c "snipped glacéed dried cherries," because chocolate chips are ALWAYS a good addition to chocolate anything. And I didn't glacé anything, because I am a lazy bum. This rose and baked into a nice shaped loaf with lots of flavor, not sweet at all (I worried when I was adding brown sugar). The chocolate chips were a good addition. It was a little bit dry, maybe because I didn't glacé those cherries. I bet it's even better tomorrow! Verdict: Success! Sour Cream Bread - I started this bread in the morning, then left the house to run our Saturday morning errands, and came home to find the bread completely pushing up against the lid of my bread machine!! FAIL! I don't know why this recipe over-rose so dramatically, I've had decent success with the other recipes so far. I mean, 4-1/3 cups flour DID seem like a lot, but I trustingly followed the recipe ... maybe I need to stop following the 2 lb recipes in this book? Anyway, of course the top of the bread did not bake properly, since it was moreorless OUT of the bread maker ... so when the cycle was complete, I tipped the loaf out onto a cookie sheet and baked it for 20-30 minutes in my oven, until the top felt solid instead of oookie (that's a technical term). Final verdict: Success! It tasted great! Flavor is very similar to a sourdough, with a lighter texture. Both kids agreed that this was great bread. So, this was a FAIL/SUCCESS recipe. I'm feeling flummoxed. Irish potato brown bread - this was pretty good!!! It's got the nuttiness of whole wheat with the tender crumb of potato bread. Plus, it did not over-rise and hit the lid of my machine (bonus!). Final verdict: SUCCESS. Pain de Paris - This is a "start it the night before" kind of recipe because you first make a sponge, which is fine, but I'm starting off on the wrong foot because the recipe says to hit the "pause" button after ten minutes and my machine does not have a pause button so I just turned it off which means it will start the cycle over completely when I start it again! Also, I realized at the last minute that it calls for "gluten with vitamin C" which I do not have, I only have regular gluten; I looked it up in the book, and it says ascorbic acid adds volume, so I added a half teaspoon of vinegar. FINAL RESULTS: SUCCESS!! My kids devoured this bread - In less than two hours, nothing but two heels was left. I still have the rest of the starter left, I should make another loaf tonight. Lou's daily bread (whole wheat with orange zest) - I did not read the recipe closely when I wrote up my shopping list, so I missed that it was supposed to be zest of TWO oranges, and only bought ONE orange. Oops! It smells good baking right now, anyway ... And survey says: Success! This bread has a perfect texture and a noticeable whole wheat flavor that is subtly enhanced by the orange zest. (I liked the Irish potato brown bread better, though.) I think if I had used two oranges it would have been too much for my taste, so I'm glad I made that mistake!! I predict this will be excellent toast. (ETA: yes it is good toast.) Mexican chocolate bread - this is a very wet dough, so much so that I double and triple checked the ingredients while it was rising. ... Verdict: this is the tenderest bread I've ever made. It's like cake! The directions, as always, say to cool completely before slicing, but I'm sorry ... the entire POINT of homemade bread is to eat it hot from the oven/machine, is it not? Only a monster could wait until the bread is cool before slicing some. And when this bread is warm, it completely falls apart. And it is DELICIOUS. It did over-rise slightly, and then collapse, which seems to be a trend with recipes from this book. (Turns out no one else in my family liked cinnamon with chocolate and what is wrong with them? I do not know so I'm the only one eating this loaf - when cooled, it's a little dry, and simultaneously too flavorful and bland all at once. Maybe too much cocoa?) Pain au lait - fantastic flavor, and the crust is flaky and buttery (as it should be considering that the recipe called for SIX tablespoons of butter!), but it over-rose a bit, and then collapsed, and when sliced hot (see above - I am not a monster and cannot wait for my bread to cool) the texture inside is almost under-cooked. A lot of the recipes in this book seem to over-rise, which is not something I remember happening when I tried other cookbooks; if I make these recipes again, I'll try adding less yeast and a smidge less liquid. The recipe called for 1/4 c barley flour, but I've been unable to find that, so I used 1/4 c white whole wheat. Verdict: DELICIOUS! but needs improvement. Other recipes that look interesting: Yogurt bread Greek bread Maple buttermilk bread (joy of joys, the sidebar to this recipe acknowledges NEW YORK as a prime source of real maple syrup!!! Why does Vermont always get all the attention when New York produces just as much if not more maple syrup?? Yes, I live in New York.) Coconut milk white bread French bread Old fashioned potato bread Sesame wheat bread 100% whole wheat Beer bread White whole wheat (this is the first bread machine recipe I've seen calling for white whole wheat flour, outside of recipes in the King Arthur baking catalog!) Spelt bread Cornell bread (this is one of the first breads I ever made, found in my first Moosewood cookbook, with the tagline: man CAN live by bread alone! - I'm thrilled to find a bread machine version!!) Honey Wheat berry bread Cranberry golden raisin bread Hungarian Spring bread

  2. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    The main value of this book is the many paragraphs on Theory and Practice of Machining Bread. Outlining the pitfalls and pratfalls always makes me feel more confident doing something scary. I certainly didn't make all 300 recipes, but this book got me into the kitchen and really enjoying that $4 garage sale bread machine I had sitting around. Why on earth is the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls listed under the novelty name "Morning Sticky Buns" though? No one in the history of time has every called th The main value of this book is the many paragraphs on Theory and Practice of Machining Bread. Outlining the pitfalls and pratfalls always makes me feel more confident doing something scary. I certainly didn't make all 300 recipes, but this book got me into the kitchen and really enjoying that $4 garage sale bread machine I had sitting around. Why on earth is the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls listed under the novelty name "Morning Sticky Buns" though? No one in the history of time has every called them that, and it took me far too long to find the recipe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    The phrase "bread lover" in the title should have given me a clue as to what I would find between the covers of this book. This is not necessarily the book you give to someone who just bought their first bread machine. Not that you won't learn a lot about using a bread machine from this book; it is chock-full of knowledge. Unfortunately, it is that abundance of information that makes this book overwhelming for the beginner. There are recipes for all kinds of holiday breads, ethnic breads, sourdo The phrase "bread lover" in the title should have given me a clue as to what I would find between the covers of this book. This is not necessarily the book you give to someone who just bought their first bread machine. Not that you won't learn a lot about using a bread machine from this book; it is chock-full of knowledge. Unfortunately, it is that abundance of information that makes this book overwhelming for the beginner. There are recipes for all kinds of holiday breads, ethnic breads, sourdough breads, and egg breads. There are recipes for pizzas, flatbreads, croissants, and cinnamon rolls. There are even suggestions for ways to use leftover bits of bread. I originally planned to give this book only two stars because I wanted something more simple. If the title of a recipe has more than three words, it is too fancy for me! I would never consider making anything beyond the Daily Breads chapter. It is only one-fifth of the book, but it could keep me busy for weeks with its recipes for staples like hot dog buns, sandwich bread, and pasta. Now I've given it some more thought, I'm giving this book three stars. It is the equivalent of that jacket your grandma bought you that was slightly too big. You may not love it now, but you will grow into it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I purchased this book based on its good reviews as a companion to a new bread machine (I have never owned a bread machine before). My goal is to make whole wheat bread at home so that I do not have to worry about the additives that most commercial whole wheat breads contain. Imagine my dismay when I turn to the whole wheat chapter, and NEARLY EVERY recipe contains "bread flour" (read: refined white flour) *and* whole wheat flour. Come on, are you serious? To me, the point of making whole wheat b I purchased this book based on its good reviews as a companion to a new bread machine (I have never owned a bread machine before). My goal is to make whole wheat bread at home so that I do not have to worry about the additives that most commercial whole wheat breads contain. Imagine my dismay when I turn to the whole wheat chapter, and NEARLY EVERY recipe contains "bread flour" (read: refined white flour) *and* whole wheat flour. Come on, are you serious? To me, the point of making whole wheat bread, is to make WHOLE WHEAT bread - not half-whole wheat bread. What a disappointment. I will be returning this book and will attempt to make my own recipe conversions from Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, which doesn't have any refined white flour included in any recipe.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Tornello

    After a year and a half, my copy of this book is spattered, speckled, and ragged. That should tell you how often I use this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys bread. I have tried a large variety of the recipes in this book. I have made everything from baguettes to cinnamon swirl bread. My kids often beg for chocolate challah. I have tried these recipes with two different bread machines and the recipes have all turned out to be incredibly delicious. I no longer have a need to buy exp After a year and a half, my copy of this book is spattered, speckled, and ragged. That should tell you how often I use this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys bread. I have tried a large variety of the recipes in this book. I have made everything from baguettes to cinnamon swirl bread. My kids often beg for chocolate challah. I have tried these recipes with two different bread machines and the recipes have all turned out to be incredibly delicious. I no longer have a need to buy expensive loafs from bakeries, because I can create something equally exquisite in my own kitchen with minimal effort. Perfect!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Picky Virgo

    I agree 100% with the reviewers who rave about the recipes. I've made several loaves and they have all been wonderful. I bake weekly, and this has eclipsed all of my other bread-machine books as the go-to volume. My only complaint is the printing. I'm 60+ and still have great eyesight for close work, but I need my reading glasses for this book. While colored type is pretty and often sets a book apart from others, I just can't see the brown-on-white very well; I'd have given a black-type book as I agree 100% with the reviewers who rave about the recipes. I've made several loaves and they have all been wonderful. I bake weekly, and this has eclipsed all of my other bread-machine books as the go-to volume. My only complaint is the printing. I'm 60+ and still have great eyesight for close work, but I need my reading glasses for this book. While colored type is pretty and often sets a book apart from others, I just can't see the brown-on-white very well; I'd have given a black-type book as many stars as Amazon allowed. Normally I can read any print larger than a phone book's without assistance, but not here. Other than that, the book is great, and I wish I had purchased it years ago!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    Fabulous and very informative, So many different styles of breads, everything from breads that continue baking in the bread machine to ones that you shape the dough and bake in your oven. Many different styles of starters,bigas and sourdoughs! I have lots of bread machine books and this is the most thourough. Lots of tips and variations too. excellent I'd give 10 stars if we had it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I love this book! The author is a bread genius. This cookbook taught me how to use my bread machine and gave me lots of recipes to try, and now I bravely experiment with my own variations of the author's loaves. The selection of recipes is varied--sweet, traditional, cheesy, flat, whole grain... it's all in here. Couldn't live without this book now that I have it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phrodrick

    I can report that The Bread Lovers Bread Machine Cookbook contains lots of very good information and so far mostly successful recipes. I have found that every recipe needed more liquid and that I had to adjust after my bread machine begins kneading. I would willingly surrender a fair amount of text to get a wider selection of recipes. This is not the only bread book I own it will not be my last nor can I recommend you make this one you're only bread machine book. My major problem with this book h I can report that The Bread Lovers Bread Machine Cookbook contains lots of very good information and so far mostly successful recipes. I have found that every recipe needed more liquid and that I had to adjust after my bread machine begins kneading. I would willingly surrender a fair amount of text to get a wider selection of recipes. This is not the only bread book I own it will not be my last nor can I recommend you make this one you're only bread machine book. My major problem with this book has to do with how it is published. I am guessing that the intended audience is female and younger. A large amount of space and ink has been wasted to make pages pretty. The ability to use lots of pale pastels may be a wonderful thing but the result is poor contrast. It is needlessly difficult to read this book. Given how much white space is on every page larger fonts and a higher degree of contrast would not have sacrificed that much of the page's aesthetic appeal. I should not need a magnifying glass to confirm if a measure is 2/3 or 1/8. The recipes are interesting. Those I've made have been quite tasty. For all of the text telling the story behind the bread I would've liked more information as to my expectations regarding bread density and moisture content. Every loaf I have made from this book has produced edible bread but I never know if my finished product is as good as moist as fluffy or as heavy as to be in accordance with the author Beth Hensberger's intentions. The Bread Lovers Bread Machine Cookbook is a recommended addition to your bread machine book library. I do not think you will find it sufficient to be your only bread machine book. If your eyesight is still good or you don't mind keeping a magnifier in your kitchen your experience may be better than mine.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Unearthed my bread machine from 1999 and, upon finding that it still works (thanks, West Bend), I turned to Beth Hensperger to teach me how to make more than the loaf of white bread I made 100 times in 1999. Hensperger also penned my favorite indispensable rice pot cookbook, so I trust her implicitly. This book is baller, esp, if you want to get into ryes, dark breads, starter bread, and other things you never imagined you could make with your bread machine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Very good book for a beginner bread maker! It gives you a lot of information on bread making in general and for bread making using the machine which was my reason for reading this book. If you buy the book strictly for recipes, you might mind all the reading in between but I think it's a great balance of info and recipes here, it gives you a big picture of bread art :).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    Not the kind of book one reads front to back. If you're planning to sell a book using flour for yeast goods it would be a kindness if you indicated early and often whether the quantities in the recipes are for American or Canadian Flour. There is a very distinct difference. In their hubris many may not even realize there is a difference.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This book is a must for anyone who owns a bread machine. It is a comprehensive guide to bread making using a machine. Additionally, I’ve had success with every Bread Lover’s recipe I’ve tried. My family especially enjoys the honey corn bread recipe.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book really is a bible. I made a few breads out of it and hope I can get a hard cover copy for my bday. There are a ton more I'd love to try out. I highly suggest getting this book if you are a baker and have a bread machine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rogan Hamby

    So Good I Bought Twice I have had the paperback version of this book for over five years. It finally gave up the ghost, so I purchased the Kindle version this time around. I highly recommend this version of bread machine bakes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patsy

    Used the library's copy but have put it on my "wish to purchase" list

  17. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Excellent reference book for bread machine enthusiasts!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Helga Gonzalez

    Visually appealing, but lack of good incentive to make the recipe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shawn

    EXCELLENT BREAD MACHINE COOKBOOK Lots of unique recipes for not just breads, but spreads, cakes and desserts. One of my prized books and well used books!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    Multiple recipes for Pizza dough Make sure you have your kindle in vertical position. In horizontal position some of the ingredients and directions don't show up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is an older book but has solid information and recipes for delicious breads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim Talarski

    Overall a good reference/cook book. Some of the recipes did not turn out even after multiple attempts. Despite just three stars, I do recommend this for anyone with a bread machine.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    More of a decent skimming! Looking forward to trying a bunch of these recipes with my Xmas bread machine gift!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen Woods

    Tons of recipes.This is the only bread machine book you need. But not much direction of what to do if your machine doesn’t have the setting called for.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Webb

    I won this Kindle edition book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you to everyone involved. A great book full of good recipes!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lester B Pennington

    Excellent resource for bread machines! Lots of interesting recipes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lady Jane

    Some people view bread making as an art. Purists, they find the process of making bread by hand therapeutic and a form of creativity. Then there's the rest of us. I am motivated by a desire to make a wide variety of whole grain breads, for everyday use, at home. Bread making is not going to become my form of self-expression or hobby. Consequently, I jumped at The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook. In her book, Beth Hensberger provides readers with a mini-course on bread making that I found very Some people view bread making as an art. Purists, they find the process of making bread by hand therapeutic and a form of creativity. Then there's the rest of us. I am motivated by a desire to make a wide variety of whole grain breads, for everyday use, at home. Bread making is not going to become my form of self-expression or hobby. Consequently, I jumped at The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook. In her book, Beth Hensberger provides readers with a mini-course on bread making that I found very informative and helpful. She covers the chemistry of routine ingredients, the differences between all-purpose and bread flours, and the features of most bread machines. She also wrote a section describing typical bread flops, explaining what went wrong if your bread came out like ____ and how to correct it in the future. When followed exactly, her recipes create delicious, chewy, flavorful bread. The handicap for me is that the recipes, even those in the whole grain chapter, call for bread flour--which is white and usually bleached and enriched. It is precisely the ingredient that I am trying to avoid by making bread at home. I tried one basic recipe, Whole Wheat Cuban Bread, that Hensperger uses to orient readers to making different types of bread in their machine, twice. I followed the recipe exactly as written with white bread flour and then made it again with whole wheat bread flour I found at our local co-op. The first loaf was perfection. I increased the leavening agents, as informed vaguely by Hensperger's narrative, for the second, but the bread still turned out too dense. My point is that those of us who are turning to bread machines to make whole grain breads are left by The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook with several recipes we can actually use and then to fend for ourselves when forced to adapt every other recipe in the book. I hoped for more. That being said, if I didn't care about the whole grain issue, I think The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook could instantly become my go-to bread machine book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I think I've made close to 1/2 the recipes in this book. We have many favorites! It has pretty good info on getting to know your machine and trouble shooting. The only thing that didn't match up with my bread machine manual was that according to a chart in this book my brand of machine should have the dry ingredients go in first, but my manual says wet ingredients first - not a biggie, I just go along with my manual for the correct order. There is a small gluten-free section, but for GF I'd reco I think I've made close to 1/2 the recipes in this book. We have many favorites! It has pretty good info on getting to know your machine and trouble shooting. The only thing that didn't match up with my bread machine manual was that according to a chart in this book my brand of machine should have the dry ingredients go in first, but my manual says wet ingredients first - not a biggie, I just go along with my manual for the correct order. There is a small gluten-free section, but for GF I'd recommend 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. The book is divided into sections 1-Daily Breads (white and egg breads), 2-Earth's Bounty (whole wheat, whole-grain, and specialty flours), 3-Traditional Loaves (country breads and sourdoughs), 4- All kinds of Flavors (Breads made with produce of the garden,, orchard, and creamery), 5-Circle, Squares, and Crescents (Pizzas and other flatbreads), 6-Sweet Loaves (chocolate, fruit, and other sweet loaves), 7-Express Lane Bread (no-yeast quick breads), and 8-Jams, Preserves, and Chutneys. The only areas I haven't really explored are the sweet breads, quick breads, and jams. Also, haven't done any sourdough, but I have done several other starter breads (biga, pate fermentee, sponge, and poolish). This book has just been a lot of fun! Very few loaves haven't been devoured by my family. Those that haven't were usually too fruity, hence, my reluctance to try the sweet loaves and quick breads sections. For a while I was trying to make every loaf in the book, which I still plug away at, but have taken our family's tastes and allergies into consideration now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Bread baking books are my favorite cookbooks of all. I love baking bread and am always looking for good bread recipes and books. I stumbled across this book at Bookman's. I don't buy a whole lot of books there anymore as there prices have become ridiculous for used books but I am glad I bought this one. If I was allowed only one bread book this would be it. Even though I prefer to bake my bread in the oven over the bread machine this bread cookbook is the best one I have ever seen as it is full Bread baking books are my favorite cookbooks of all. I love baking bread and am always looking for good bread recipes and books. I stumbled across this book at Bookman's. I don't buy a whole lot of books there anymore as there prices have become ridiculous for used books but I am glad I bought this one. If I was allowed only one bread book this would be it. Even though I prefer to bake my bread in the oven over the bread machine this bread cookbook is the best one I have ever seen as it is full of so much helpful information. I have been baking bread for about ten years but I learned a lot from this book. Not only is it full of information on all things related to baking bread but there are so many interesting and different bread recipes. I can't wait to make them all! I also now understand my bread machine so much better and have found new ways to use it. This book may help me to love the machine for more than just mixing dough after all. This would be a great book for anyone who likes to bake bread. The author has a few more books on bread baking the conventional way which I plan to buy in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    I have a bread machine that I've used to make the basic recipes included in the user's manual, but I was getting bored with those and wanted to branch out. This book contains a vast selection of recipes, including multiple variations on basic white bread, wheat breads, country artisan-style breads, sweet breads and quick breads. It also includes a chapter on jams. Most of the recipes call for ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry; in fact, the only item I needed to purchase was I have a bread machine that I've used to make the basic recipes included in the user's manual, but I was getting bored with those and wanted to branch out. This book contains a vast selection of recipes, including multiple variations on basic white bread, wheat breads, country artisan-style breads, sweet breads and quick breads. It also includes a chapter on jams. Most of the recipes call for ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry; in fact, the only item I needed to purchase was vital wheat gluten, but I made a recipe without it, and it turned out just fine. The author scatters tips about breadmaking (the differences between wheats, what vital gluten is, etc.) throughout the book along with various ideas for using leftover bread. So far, I've made the Maple Buttermilk and Cardamon Cranberry Raisin recipes, and both were delicious. If you're looking to make more use of your bread machine, I'd definitely recommend this book.

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