Bread book (making by hand)??

Hello Just wondering if anyone could recommend a good baking book? I bake my bread by hand. I had a look at amazon and there are so many! The last one I got from the library wasn't bad - but it had a lot of US measurements. (I'm naughty and don't measure anything).
I'm trying to ring the changes with different flours and seeds on top. I'm also making some with sun dried tomatoes and olives next. But just need a few ideas to zap it up a bit.
Many thanks...


  • Gigervamp
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    I can't recommend any books on bread as I don't have any, but if you're looking for ideas, there's a guy who writes for the Guardian on bread and baking, Dan Lepard. He has a bread website with a forum on. Might be worth a look on there for recipes and ideas.
  • mouseymousey99
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    Thank's Gigervamp - found his site:-
    Looks good.
  • Gigervamp
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    Yeah, I had a quick browse a few months ago, but haven't been back since.
  • thriftlady_2
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    you might like the River Cottage Bread Handbook. The basic loaf is a bit long-winded but he's quite vague about measurements so it might be up your street.
  • Mel2
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    The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard is great!
  • tawse57
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    Deliah Smith's website has scores of wonderful bread receipes all online for free.

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  • thriftmonster
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    Andrew Whiteleys Bread Matters is good - but my real find recently has been (honestly) "Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking" by Brother Rick Curry - rave reviews for every recipe I've tried.
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  • liz545
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    I absolutely swear by the Dorling Kindersley Bread book. It has lots of really helpful photographs so you can see what the techniques and stages look like, there's a good mix of simple recipes for beginners, and then more complicated recipes for sourdoughs, and some flavoured, exotic and quick breads which are fun. The recipe for Pain Ordinaire is my favourite, but there's also a recipe for an Italian olive oil bloomer type loaf that's gorgeous!
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  • mouseymousey99
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    edited 9 April 2009 at 10:37AM
    Just wanted to say thanks - I've ordered the Dan Lepard book at amazon (I remember cutting some of his articles out - I made bagels from his notes too)!.
    The Father Rick one looks good too so I've ordered a 2nd hand one at amazon, and Liz many thanks - I'm running out of dosh now - so I've ordered the DK book at the library..
    Looks like I'm going to be busy!!
    Much appreciated
    Ps have also bought a copy of River cottage -
    Bread anyone??
  • Lwcus
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    I recommend Anne Sheasby's book =

    'The Big Book of Bread - 365 Recipes for Bread machines and Home Baking' ISBN 1-84483-053-5 Duncan Baird Publ. London (2004)

    also includes gluten-, wheat-, and yeast-free recipes

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