05 December 2009

Weekend Cooking: Review: Dough by Richard Bertinet

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Whether you are an experienced bread baker or a novice, Dough by Richard Bertinet will have something for you, from basic techniques to specific recipes.

The book begins with a section titled "Bread Talk." Here, Bertinet defines terms, lists basic equipment, and describes the basic method for making dough. Everything is well illustrated with clear and detailed photos. For example, there are a full dozen photos accompanying the section on how to work dough.

The remaining chapters are organized by type of dough: white, olive oil, brown (whole wheat), rye, and sweet. Each chapter opens with the instructions for how to make the base dough. Next we are treated to two pages of photographs of the beautiful breads that can be made from that single dough: flavored breads, shaped breads, free-form breads, and flat breads.

Then, of course are the recipes themselves. Each one is given in clear step-by-step detail with gorgeous photographs showing the completed loaf and/or specific baking methods. Bertinet has even enclosed a DVD so you can see him working the dough and forming loaves.

The Layered Rolls, made from the white dough, will probably end up on my table for my annual New Year's Eve dinner, and I plan to bake the Pecan & Cranberry Bread, made from the brown dough, this coming week. The soup bowls, made from the olive oil dough, look like a lot of fun; I hope I'm brave enough to ladle soup into them.

Here is a short video, from the Gourmet magazine website, showing Bertinet working sweet dough.



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Published by Kyle Books, 2005
ISBN-13: 9780061704161
YTD: 90
Source: Bought (see review policy)Rating: A

13 comments:

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 12/5/09, 8:15 AM  

This book looks delicious (I think I CAN live by bread alone!). Love the idea of soup in the bread bowls - then you get to make soup, too :)

Sandy Nawrot 12/5/09, 8:17 AM  

It has been a long time since I've made my own bread or rolls, but I LOVE doing it when I have the time. Makes me feel all happy and warm inside!

JoAnn 12/5/09, 8:56 AM  

It's been ages since I've made bread...without the bread machine! This looks gorgeous. Bet it would make a great Christmas gift.

Beth 12/5/09, 8:58 AM  

I'm just getting into to bread making, and I'm always looking for new techniques. This book looks like it's a great step by step manual that shows you the versatility of different doughs. Thanks for sharing!

caite 12/5/09, 9:11 AM  

I will admit it. Yeast scares me...I need this book.

softdrink 12/5/09, 9:53 AM  

I love homemade bread. It's probably a good thing I don't love to make it...too much time away from my books!

bermudaonion 12/5/09, 11:22 AM  

I need this book! I have had very little success with yeast and can't figure out what I do wrong.

Esme 12/5/09, 1:38 PM  

I made cranberry nut loaf yesterday-but my camera battery needs charging.

Margot at Joyfully Retired 12/5/09, 2:24 PM  

I loved the video. I completely learned something new with his no-flour kneading. I must try it now. The book looks terrific as well. Thanks for sharing this with us and thanks for sponsoring this meme. I'm having a good time with it.

Julie P. 12/5/09, 3:43 PM  

Very cool. Can you believe that I've never made bread before?

Lynda 12/5/09, 5:39 PM  

I love bread - your post has made me wantto make some now...off to make some cheese bread!!!

Jill 12/5/09, 9:50 PM  

I've never made my own dough (yikes!), but it sounds like this book is what I need to tackle it once and for all! :)

Kris 12/7/09, 1:51 PM  

Yum - bread.

I make my own rolls, that I then freeze and we eat with meals most nights. I'm still interested in this book though, sounds like I might find a lot of things I like.

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