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Sidestep years of unwarranted trial and error and learn to bake like a professional without having to go to school, read book after book, or spend countless hours scouring the Internet searching for answers to your most pressing questions. With more than 230 color photographs, more than 150 detailed step-by-step instructions covering basic to advanced techniques, and more than 200 tips and sidebars filled with invaluable information and troubleshooting advice, along with comprehensive, yet practical, explanations of ingredients, equipment and the entire bread-baking process, The Art Of Baking Bread: What You Really Need to Know to Make Great Bread will teach you to work, move, think, anticipate, smell, feel and, ultimately, taste like a professional artisan baker.
The Art Of Baking Bread accomplishes what no other book does—teaching you what the professionals know but don’t tell you—and does so in a way that anyone can understand. In the end, you’ll possess exceptional know-how and confidence, as well as a precise, easy to understand blueprint for creating baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, brioche, challah, sourdough, and virtually any other variety that will make your bread the envy of every baker around—professional or otherwise.
Author: Matt Pellegrini
With practical information on fermenting vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, beans, meats, and more…
The Art of Fermentation is the most comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever published. Sandor Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.
While Katz expertly contextualizes fermentation in terms of biological and cultural evolution, health and nutrition, and even economics, this is primarily a compendium of practical information—how the processes work; parameters for safety; techniques for effective preservation; troubleshooting; and more.
With two-color illustrations and extended resources, this book provides essential wisdom for cooks, homesteaders, farmers, gleaners, foragers, and food lovers of any kind who want to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for arguably the oldest form of food preservation, and part of the roots of culture itself. Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables; sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; nuts; fish; meat; and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy production, and considerations for commercial enterprises. Sandor Katz has introduced what will undoubtedly remain a classic in food literature, and is the first—and only—of its kind.
Author: Sandor Ellix Katz
Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science.
This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them:
Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools and the cheese cave. The 14 chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion.
The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown, freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GM technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it.
This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.
Author: David Asher
Can’t resist that flat of fresh berries? What to make with a bumper crop of tomatoes? Have a penchant for pickles?
Featuring everything you need to know to put up the seasons’ bounty, Williams-Sonoma The Art of Preserving illuminates how to savor your favorite fresh produce year-round. From beginners looking to learn, to those familiar with the technique, everyone will appreciate this contemporary and comprehensive approach to preserving the wealth of fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens and farmers’ markets.
Packed with inspiring recipes for preserves, from Apricot Jam to Pickled Fennel with Orange Zest to Preserved Lemons, this title provides a wealth of ideas for making the most of the harvest. Additional recipes showcase the many ways that preserved foods can be used in finished dishes, from savory starters to flavorful main courses to sweet desserts.
Lush photography celebrates the natural beauty of seasonal produce, while step-by-step instruction and helpful tips from professionals offer all the guidance you need to become a preserving expert.
From luscious jams and jellies to savory pickles and relishes, make the most of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables through preserving. With over 130 recipes, step-by-step techniques, helpful tips from professionals, and scores of inspiring ideas for ways to use preserves in other recipes, this comprehensive cookbook provides everything you need to master the art in your own kitchen.
Author: R Field,R Courchesne,L Atwood
These days, staying in is the new going out, and homemade deli is the way to eat gourmet! Emma MacDonald, a trained chef and founder of The Bay Tree—the UK's premier deli—shares her celebrated culinary secrets for the first time, explaining how to pickle, smoke, cure, and conserve; put together great meals; and mix and match both home-cooked and store-bought foods. This fantastic treasure trove of culinary delights shows you how to produce delicacies ranging from cured meats, smoked fish, and sweet preserves to farmhouse cheeses, fresh pasta, and fresh-baked pies. The mouthwatering recipes include Pastrami with Sweet Cucumber Relish, Sticky Redcurrant & Clove Glazed Ham, Sizzling Beef with Korean Vegetable Pickle, and Chocolate Risotto with Cherries in Kirsch.
Author: Emma MacDonald
Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead -- that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.
Author: Andrea Chesman
This book includes more than 500 of the best barbecue recipes, inventive, delicious, unexpected, easy-to-make and guaranteed to capture great grill flavors from around the world.
Author: Steven Raichlen
Nothing tastes better than herbs fresh from the garden. Discover how easy and rewarding it is to grow your own! Simple instructions, tempting recipes and beautiful full-color photographs by Saxon Holt will inspire you to grow, harvest, preserve and cook with 26 of the most popular kitchen herbs, including basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and tarragon. A great gift for any herb lover.
Author: Charles W.G. Smith
This complete guide, from the proprietors of Kombucha Kamp, shows you how to do it from start to finish, with illustrated step-by-step instructions and recipes for 286 different flavor combinations.
Author: Hannah Crum, Alex LaGory
Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference. Covers freezing, canning, drying and pickling produce fresh from the market or garden.
Author: Carol W. Costenbader
In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past 60 years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.
For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if the very foods we’ve been denying ourselves—the creamy cheeses, the sizzling steaks—are themselves the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease?
In this captivating vibrant, and convincing narrative, based on a nine-year-long investigation, Teicholz shows how the misinformation about saturated fats took hold in the scientific community and the public imagination, and how recent findings have overturned these beliefs. She explains why the Mediterranean Diet is not the healthiest, and how we might be replacing trans fats with something even worse. This startling history demonstrates how nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers, through a combination of ego, bias and premature institutional consensus, have allowed dangerous misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.
With eye-opening scientific rigor, The Big Fat Surprise upends the conventional wisdom about all fats with the groundbreaking claim that more, not less, dietary fat—including saturated fat—is what leads to better health and wellness. Science shows that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk and eggs for decades and that we can now, guilt-free, welcome these delicious foods back into our lives.
Author: Nina Teicholz
The greatest invention since sliced bread may well be the machine that makes the loaves everyone dreams of slicing into — right in home kitchens at the touch of a button. The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook bridges the gap between great taste and convenience, with more than 300 glorious recipes for bread machines. The automatic bread machine makes it possible to enjoy fresh and signature loaves of bread without the time and expense usually involved in bread baking or purchased artisanal breads. Today’s bread machines are versatile, affordable, safe and efficient, turning out perfect loaves time after time.
Try croissants or banana bread for breakfast, lunchtime sandwiches on honey whole wheat bread or tomato bread, a loaf of garlic focaccia or a sage and onion bread-stuffed roast for dinner, or even candied chestnut panettone and pumpkin cloverleaf rolls for the holidays. Classic white loaves, hearty whole-wheat breads, sweet breads, swirled breads, pizza doughs, quick breads, and even jams are easy to make right in the bread machine. Renowned bread baking expert Beth Hensperger’s best bread recipes yield great results — just add the ingredients, and let the machine knead, rise and bake loaf after loaf of fragrant, delicious fresh bread.
Author: Beth Hensperger
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