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Book Review: CIG to Easy Artisan Bread

Updated on October 1, 2012

Do you wish that making bread at home was less complicated? If you love the taste of homemade bread and have a passion for baking – but not for spending hours kneading dough and waiting for bread to rise – you’re sure to fall in love with The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Easy Artisan Bread by Yvonne Ruperti.

About The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread

The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread is a great resource for anyone who wants to master the art of creating delicious, homemade bread without all of the exertion and waiting typically associated with baking bread. All of the bread recipes featured in this book are presented with preparation instructions that do not require kneading.

While many of the books that promise to teach readers about easy techniques for making homemade bread require the use of a bread machine, this is not the case with The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread. You also won’t need a bread machine or any other fancy (and expensive!) equipment to prepare the bread recipes featured in the book in your own kitchen.

Anyone – from beginning home cooks to those with many years of experience preparing meals for themselves and their families – will be able to apply the bread making techniques presented in The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread .

The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread includes more than 80 step by step recipes for bread that don’t require kneading. Each recipe begins with a preview of what home cooks can expect the preparation process to involve. Details provided include the recipe yield, preparation time required, dough resting and rising time needed, cooking time and serving size. The recipes are written in clear manner and are easy to follow step-by-step as you proceed through the mixing and baking process.

Book Organization

The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread is organized into four distinct sections. The first part, Bread Basics, focused on what you need to know before you tackle the task of learning how to bake artisan breads at home. You’ll learn about bread ingredients, related terminology, break preparation techniques, tools needed for effective bread baking and much more in this section.

The second part, Yeast Breads, is filled with recipes for baking no-knead yeast bread. The third part of the book focuses on recipes for Breakfast and Holiday Breads. The fourth, and final, section covers Quick Breads. The book ends with a comprehensive glossary section, making it easy for readers to quickly find definitions of terminology related to the art of bread baking as needed.

Recipe Examples

With so many great recipes in this book, it will take you a while to prepare every one that you want to prepare. A few examples of the recipes you can learn how to make from The CIG to Easy Artisan Bread include:

  • Caraway-Rye Loaf Bread
  • French Baguette
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Irish Tea Bread
  • Soft Dinner Rolls
  • Sourdough Boule
  • Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread
  • Many other options

Special thanks to Alpha, a member of Penguin Group (USA), for providing me with an opportunity to review this book!


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