Anyone have any cookbook recommendations for Italian breads?

Anyone have any cookbook recommendations for Italian breads?

  • Posted by: Steve
  • September 25, 2015
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cookbookchick
cookbookchick September 25, 2015

Carol Field's "The Italian Baker." It's also been revised so there are a couple of editions.

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Ali Slagle
Ali Slagle September 25, 2015

That's what I was gonna say!

Steve
Steve September 25, 2015

Thanks!

HalfPint
HalfPint September 25, 2015

I have a 90's (?) edition and it's still a great book with reliable instructions.

Steve
Steve September 25, 2015

Thanks, I see it in iBooks too.

amysarah
amysarah September 25, 2015

Don't know if it's still in print, but Nancy Silverton's La Brea Bakery book has a lot of Italian breads. I like her Italian recipes in general - her Mozza Cookbook is excellent.

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Steve September 25, 2015

Thanks!

702551
702551 September 25, 2015

It doesn't matter if it's currently in print or not.

These days it's pretty easy to get a used copy of any previously popular cookbook at Abebooks.com (used bookstore aggregation site now owned by Amazon.com).

PieceOfLayerCake
PieceOfLayerCake September 25, 2015

Nancy Silverton is one of the reasons I'm a baker today. I would trust her implicitly with any recipe she puts forward.

ChefJune
ChefJune September 25, 2015

I've had Carol Field's "The Italian Baker" for many years. It is well stained and dogeared.

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Steve September 25, 2015

Thx, that book seems to be getting the most recommendations.

boulangere
boulangere September 25, 2015

Mine, too, June

Windischgirl
Windischgirl September 25, 2015

Daniel Leader's "Local Breads" has several chapters on regional Italian breads, and I have made many of them with good success.

The trouble I had with Nancy Silverton's book was in the starter instructions, which result in gallons and gallons of starter, most of which is discarded...at $1 per pound for quality flour, it seems like a terrible waste. It's not a book for a beginning baker. But if you already have an active starter, Silverton's book does a good job of spelling out the steps to get a great loaf of bread.

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Steve September 25, 2015

Thanks so much- this sounds very much like what I'm looking for! I'll check it out.

Steve
Steve September 25, 2015

Thanks very much! This book sounds very promising! I'll check it out.

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