Bread by Nick Malgieri, from  Kyle Cathie Books £18.75

  • Written by a former pastry chef with over sixty recipes for bread, rolls and cakes
  • Packed full of ideas for what to make with the bread once baked
  • Inspiring photography

Appealing very much to my own sense of waste not want not, particularly with precious homemade bread, Nick Malgieri’s Bread is a baking recipe book with a difference. It supplies recipes for over sixty breads, rolls and cakes then provides recipes for the bread once baked – and shows how to use up the leftovers.

Nick Malgieri is a former executive pastry chef who has previously published books about cakes, cookies and pastry. In Bread Nick wants to provide the home baker with achievable bread recipes. Chapter two demonstrates the method of how to mix dough by hand using step-by-step photographs, but the recipes provided in the book use the electric mixer method for creating the dough. In his case, by using the Kitchen Aid.

Bread is a recipe book packed with ideas, maybe just slightly overwhelmingly full of ideas. It is certainly a book that has to be digested slowly. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, the book is cleanly designed with natural photographs that look like they’ve been taken, quite literally, as soon as the bread was baked. This not only makes the book visually beautiful but also gives me the confidence to tackle the recipes.

Probably more for intermediate bakers, although it is aimed at the beginner onwards, there are recipes beginning with an easy one step white, leading on to the tin loaf, sourdough, flatbreads and filled breads until concluding with enriched sweetened breads. For me the Jewish platted Sabbath bread, again photographed in a straightforward step-by-step manner, stands out.

It is the author’s many recipes for the bread once baked that really enhances the book. The tin baked breads have mouth-watering recipes for sandwiches – such as a baked ham with green tomato chutney - and for puddings such as the French apple charlotte, which once more has lovely step-by-step pictures. Breadcrumbs make a feature in the turkey meatloaf and baked stuffed peppers and cubed bread appears in the tempting spinach and Roquefort bread pudding.

Take your time with this book and I think you’ll find it imaginative and inspiring with a wonderful tone.

Score: 4/5

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