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This was a gift for my sister. She was really pleased to see the big range of recipes, and enjoyed the 'FAQ' type section; giving a general diagnostic bullet pointed suggestion as to some common errors such as 'sinking'. My sister saw she finds that idea extremely helpful for those new bread making (though she is an experienced baker).
As other reviews mentioned; there is a lack of pictures of the actual recipes. My sister felt this wasn't very important in comparison to the quality of the rest of the book, including the texture of the paper which we felt was conducive to adding pencil notation (don't shout at the scrawler). She feels she won't need another book on this subject for some time and recommends it for beginners.
Lots of good recipes but would prefer the ingredients to be in ozs or grams. Found it confusing and more difficult when ingredients have to be measured in cups. I'm a new owner of a bread machine and have had several failures; One of which is getting the cooked bread out of the baking container - I've found spraying a little oil on the surface helps. It would be good if there was a hints section to overcome my failures. Also in the very hot weather the bread just rose and dropped into a soggy layer.
The book has many pluses, reasonable pricing, simply explains the basics about making bread with a bread machine, easy to read book introduction gives general basics about bread making, the pluses of making fresh bread, wide variety of bread recipes from basic to fancier,. Very easy to read book, recipe pages are simply laid out, recipes are far better than those included with bread machine, and many more than those included with machine. Some color pictures (not too many). US measurements are given for l lb, 1.5 lb and 2 lb loaves which matches most bread making machines.
Negatives - Measurements on recipe pages are only in US measurements, for metric you have to convert (conversion page at back of book, or from internet). Simple solution is to have measuring tools that measure both. Color pictures, just a few (I assume to keep cost of printing book down).
Overall an excellent book, well worth the price. Because of the two negatives I only rated the book 4 stars, but don't let that stop you from buying the book, it's an great book for those using a bread machine, newbies or experienced..
First of all I've made several of the breads in this book and all but one (the cottage cheese bread) have turned out tasty, pretty loafs. An update with the weights of ingredients would be helpful. "A Cup" can mean many things while a specific weight insures you are making the recipe as the writer intended. Each recipe provides 3 different sizes of bread so no matter what size machine you have you can utilize this book.
So if you are looking for a book with almost endless variations of bread using your machine, this is a good one. If the writer choose to improve it, she might consider redoing it and providing the ingredient weights.
I have made a couple different breads from this book and loved them all! I also like the beginning of the book that details some of the science behind breadmaking. This morning I tried to make the 2lb rosemary bread though, and had to dump it because of the misprint in cups of water! That was the last of my bread flour too :( At least i noticed during the mixing and stopped the cycle! Now I have to read through everyone's comments to see what other mistakes the book might contain? That isn't fair.
This book is useful. The recipes are easy to follow and there is an excellent trouble shooting guide to help you figure out what went wrong. My major complaint is with the index. I wanted to make some simple straightforward bread. When I looked in the recipe index I couldn't find Whole Wheat bread or French Bread. Why? Because Whole Wheat is listed under 'O' for 100% Whole Wheat Bread (Can you figure the logic behind that?). French Bread is listed under 'C' for Crusty French Bread. My engineer's mind is bewildered by such idiocy. Nevertheless, the book has a lot of useful information, (once you have figured out where to find it).
A good assortment of recipes. And, the author gives ingredient amounts for 1/1.5/2 pound loaves. However, I am subtracting 1 star because there are a number of errors in the ingredient amounts of a number of recipes. If you purchase this book, check the ingredient amounts CAREFULLY when preparing the recipes. Some recipes OMIT ingredients from one loaf size to another, while other recipes calculate ingredient amounts INCORRECTLY.