HEALTY BREAD IN FIVE MINUTES A DAY by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François
Healthy Bread is the kind of cookbook that you pick up and flip through and think “mmm…. Mmmmm. Oh. Yum…… oooohhh……” anyway that’s what I did. My mom bakes her own French bread and grind her own wheat and bakes wheat bread twice a week, and she flipped through and had the same general reaction. “Oh we should make that—no wait, that one—oh, I never knew about that…”
The format in which the recipes are presented are ideal. a description, ingredients, easy to read instructions, time to set/preheat/prepare, and extra things you can do or changes you can make to the recipe.
The information in Healthy Bread is superb. Jeff and Zoë have taken a bread baking cookbook to a further step. They have given tons of extra information about different kinds of flour, seeds and nuts, equipment, tips and technique, and step by step photographs and how-to’s of making artisan bread. There is a question/answer section that answers any question you may come up with, and sources in the back if they didn’t get to your problem. There is also a section in the middle with lots of high-quality color photographs of some of the recipes. The only downside of this book is that there isn’t a photograph for every recipe. However, you don’t really need it because the recipes are described well enough to know what it should look like.
All in all, Healthy Bread blew my mind for a bread cookbook. This is more than a cookbook. This is a handbook that should be in every baker’s house.
**Thank you to FSB Media for providing my review copy!**