Bread baking can be intimidating at times, but even if you've never touched yeast before, we encourage you to give it a go this month—after all, you've got the support of 15,000 fellow members! And, if you need a personal endorsement, it doesn't get much better than Stephanie B.'s experience:
Oh happy day, it's the start of Bread Baker's Apprentice month! Or as I affectionately call it, the Gospel of Peter. Before this book, I could not bake bread. I. Could. Not. I tried, and always ended up with dense, tough, flat disk-like objects that would probably work better as frisbees than food. Much to my dog's disappointment, I didn't test this hypothesis. I'm not a bad cook and could handle desserts fine, but bread was a reliable fail: Until I got this book, so I'm not exaggerating (much) when I say it changed my life. Breads clicked for me after this book. I think the value of this book is it teaches why steps in bread making are important, then gives you enough knowledge to figure out what works best for you and apply it beyond just this book.
But even if you're a regular bread baker, this 300+ page book covers a lot of ground, so there are surely new tricks to pick up for even the most experienced among us!
Any edition of the book is fair game, but if you've been debating whether or not to pick up the most recent one, the 15th Anniversary Edition, in the article below Reinhart goes through the five changes in the bread world that he needed to take into account for the newest edition:
What are you waiting for? Rise up to the challenge and join us in the Club, the Baking Club that is. Peter Reinhart himself will be joining us there as well, so it will almost be like getting to take a class with the master baker, only better, because you can bake at any hour of the day and jammies count as proper attire.
Is there a particular type of bread you want to tackle? Or already have a favorite type to bake? Fill us in below.