Easy Homemade Bread: 150 Recipes for the Beginning Baker by Beverly Hudson
Author: Beverly Hudson
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
No. of Pages: 224
Date of Publication: 12 April, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
I’ve been baking bread for the past 14 years. My youngest has severe food allergies to an ingredient commonly seen in many breads, and the risk cross contamination can present has seen the need for Benadryl with the Epi-Pen at the ready (we didn’t need it, thank goodness) and I started baking bread so we could all have bread in our lives again. While we may have started home baking as the only safe option, we’ve kept with it because it’s what we all prefer and I’ve more or less relied on one recipel (Jim Lahey’s no-knead) and generally bake a loaf or two every week - everyone loves it - I’ve tweaked that no-knead recipe and cooking method to something that works perfectly for us. But… every so often I want ciabatta bread, or French bread, or sourdough, etc., etc., etc., and I’ll admit that I tend to feel uncomfortable when thinking of veering out of my carbohydrate comfort zone so when I saw this cookbook I immediately wanted to read it because I absolutely still consider myself a beginning baker and the recipes here are amazingly appealing and still manages to seem pretty stress-free.
There’s so much in here and the cookbook is cleanly set up - black font on crisp white with homey photos of seriously appealing loaves, rolls, biscuits, quick breads, crackers, Yorkshire pudding and popovers, pizza crust, muffins and scones, bagels, pretzels, dumplings, ending with the gift of doughnuts and other fried treats. There’s even a section for gluten-free. Like I said, a lot. And, bonus, the vast majority of these are already vegan or easily veganized.
This one is an absolute winner and we’re planning on getting a physical copy of it. I can easily see this becoming a very well loved cookbook in our home and I’m thinking of a few friends who I’d order this title for as well. My final word on this comes straight from my 15 year old who was perusing this with me - “this has so much potential, we need to make a lot of these”. 🙂
eARC kindly provided by Voyageur Press / Quarto Publishing Group - Harvard Common Press and Netgalley. Opinions shared are my own.