Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review: Simply Great Breads

  • Author: Daniel Leader
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600852971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600852978

From Amazon:

If bread is the staff of life, then this book by renowned artisanal baker Daniel Leader is every home baker’s must-have cookbook. Featuring an amazing array of  incredible delicacies made with yeast, it’s the perfect combination of easy and sophisticated recipes, with the keys to unlocking basics of working with yeasted doughs. Who can resist a collection of 50 mouthwatering treats, essential recipes for everyone who loves bread? The menu includes must-bake breakfast classics like crumpets and English muffins, and the three irresistible Bs: bagels, brioche, and bialys … timeless favorites such as Parker House rolls, ciabatta, and challah … plus waffles, cider doughnuts, beignets, babka, and monkey bread. Bakers of all skill levels will learn tips and trade secrets from Leader, who has shared his vast knowledge with people around the world.

My Take:  

I am reviewing the ebook provided to me free from Net Galley.  To me, there is nothing better than a wonderful hot piece of fresh bread or a piping hot biscuit slathered with butter.  What a beautiful cookbook.  I am salivating over the pictures and the recipes.  I am going to try the recipe for Ciabatta rolls as soon as possible.  They even have a recipe for Navajo Fry Bread which brings back great memories of the Four Corners for me. Yum...chocolate babka!   Easy to understand instructions for making the recipes.  Daniel Leader has based the recipes upon utilizing a counter top mix with a kneading attachment which I have.  I am impressed with the wide range of breads and buns recipes provided in the book.


  1. Oh! My gosh! I love home made bread!!!!!
    This book looks great!
    Thanks for the review.

  2. ooooh yummy!! i love carbs! lol! great review!