Laheyâ€™s â€œbreathtaking, miraculous, no-work, no-knead breadâ€ (Vogue) has revolutionized the food world.When he wrote about Jim Laheyâ€™s bread in the New York Times, Mark Bittmanâ€™s excitement was palpable: â€œThe loaf is incredible, a fine-bakery quality, European-style boule that is produced more easily than by any other technique Iâ€™ve used, and it will blow your mind.â€ Here, thanks to Jim Lahey, New Yorkâ€™s premier baker, is a way to make bread at home that doesnâ€™t rely on a fancy bread machine or complicated kneading techniques. Witnessing the excitement that Bittmanâ€™s initial piece unleashed worldwide among bakers experienced and beginner alike, Jim grew convinced that home cooks were eager for a no-fuss way to make bread, and so now, in this eagerly anticipated collection of recipes, Jim shares his one-of-a-kind method for baking rustic, deep-flavored bread in your own oven.
The secret to Jim Laheyâ€™s bread is slow-rise fermentation. As Jim shows in My Bread, with step-by-step instructions followed by step-by-step pictures, the amount of labor you put in amounts to 5 minutes: mix water, flour, yeast, and salt, and then let time work its magicâ€”no kneading necessary. Wait 12 to 18 hours for the bread to rise, developing structure and flavor; then, after another short rise, briefly bake the bread in a covered cast-iron pot.
The process couldnâ€™t be more simple, or the results more inspiring. My Bread devotes chapters to Jimâ€™s variations on the basic loaf, including an olive loaf, pecorino cheese bread, pancetta rolls, the classic Italian baguette (stirato), and the stunning bread stick studded with tomatoes, olives, or garlic (stecca). He gets even more creative with loaves like Peanut Butter and Jelly Bread, others that use juice instead of water, and his Irish Brown Bread, which calls for Guinness stout. For any leftover loaves, Jim includes what to do with old bread (try bread soup or a chocolate torte) and how to make truly special sandwiches.
And no book by Jim Lahey would be complete without his Sullivan Street Bakery signature, pizza Biancaâ€”light, crispy flatbread with olive oil and rosemary that Jim has made even better than that of Italyâ€™s finest bakeries. Other pizza recipes, like a pomodoro (tomato), only require you to spread the risen dough across a baking sheet and add toppings before baking.
Hereâ€”finallyâ€”Jim Lahey gives us a cookbook that enables us to fit quality bread into our lives at home. color photos throughout
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393066304
- ISBN-13: 978-0393066302
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review (252 customer reviews)
Great book from a great baker, By suave
September 19, 2009
I prefer bread books written by practicing bakers. I find that they usually reflect author's approach to bread-baking, his philosophy, and in my opinion such books are more complete and entertaining than the ones written by professional food writers, although there are some notable exception. So from that point of view a book by Jim Lahey, owner and founder of New York Sullivan Street Bakery is an obvious choice. There is another reason altogether though - arguably it was Mr. Lahey's recipe for no-knead-bread and publication by Mark Bittman in NY Times that started the resurgence of amateur bread baking. It was his recipe that transformed me from occasional to everyday baker. Therefore for me buying this book was a no brainer.My first impression is very positive (I don't expect it to change). The book is printed in convenient 10x8' format on a high-quality glossy paper. Most but not all recipes are accompanied by photos, which make the process very clear. The recipes are...
First Time, By Toddster 'toddbuddy'
September 20, 2009
I have done the bread machine and other quick methods of making bread for years. This is the first time ever that a loaf of bread has come out of my oven, that the taste and texture made me pinch myself. Could not believe that the slice of bread that I was eating came out of my oven. By the way this is also the first time that I have reviewed a cookbook, even though i have bought at least a hundred of them. This book does not have tons of recipes, but focuses on the technique. The descriptions and photos were very helpful. Can't wait to try the couple dozen varieties included within.
O Bread! My Bread!, By C. Tsao
March 4, 2010
Let me start with a summary. My Bread is a great cookbook about making artisan bread, thin crust pizza, and sandwiches. The instruction is clear, the recipe is practical and super easy, and the picture is beautiful. You also get a bonus section about the author's personal story in developing his career and famed no-knead method. I love this book and highly recommend it to everyone.I like bread, especially good quality artisan bread. I like getting my hands dirty, both in the laboratory and in my kitchen. But, as a Taiwanese biologist, I have no cultural background, professional training, or family tradition in making bread, so I didn't even think about doing it before. Until somewhere in 2009, I learned about Jim Lahey's no-knead, slow fermentation, and baking in an oven-within-an-oven method. (Thanks to Mark Bittman for New York Times and Internet!) I just tried it using my Pyrex bowl. The result was a big surprise and very successful! I started making bread regularly. I...