Saturday, January 9, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free IngredientsTitle:  Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day
Authors:  Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. & Zoe Francois
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date:  October 2009
Format:  Hardcover, 336 pages
Age Group:  Adult, non-fiction

The authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day are back with a book full of healthier bread recipes.  Hertzberg and Francois propose that anyone can make artisan bread quickly and easily by preparing enough dough for several loaves and storing it in the refrigerator until ready to bake.  Obviously, their five minute a day time line does not include the time for the dough to rise or the actual baking time of the bread.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day contains not only great looking bread recipes but loads of information as well.  The authors have chapters on ingredients and equipment that will be used in their bread making process.  The tips and techniques chapter includes conversions for weighing ingredients in both U.S. and metric measurements.  It also has problems with possible solutions and some of the most commonly asked questions from readers of the first book.

I love that the authors walk the baker step by step through the process using what they call "The Master Recipe."  By also including variations on this, the baker should then have the necessary information to make any of the additional recipes which follow.  The black and white photographs showing techniques are helpful and the book also includes several color photographs of some of the finished breads.

While I'm still not convinced that this method will be any easier than putting ingredients into my bread maker, I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes.  For additional information and a couple of corrections to the book, check out the authors' website at

I received a copy of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day from Anna at FSB Associates for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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  1. Julie from Booking Mama and Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books both had great success with this. I did not. But I've baked bread by hand or machine for years and years and I can whip up a loaf pretty darn quick!

    Do report back if you give it a try.


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