So, some people may not consider cookbooks to be “real” books. I don’t know why, but maybe cause it’s filled with recipes and not stories. But hey, who are we to judge. I love cooking and books. So, cookbooks satiates both my loves. That is why i’ll be reviewing cookbooks too!
Now, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice is a book for those who love breads. It really helps you understand bread making. You actually feel like you are a Bread Baker’s Apprentice. There is the basics of bread making and how the entire bread making process works. I used to bake breads before but this books has explored in depth the process and has a detailed techniques. Even though the general process for all breads are the same, there are differences especially in the yeast used. This books explained each of the process and how one can know when each step is done. It explains how we can know when the dough has been kneaded properly and so on. There is also a lot of stories on the authors travels in search of bread. It was fun to read about the different bread makers and how the made bread. I don’t get many kinds of breads here because we have rice as staple diet. So we just usually get the basic sandwich breads and some other varieties. But this books showed me how, in countries like France and US how much importance each bread maker gives to the process of bread making and how much the people care about bread. It was an eye opener in the sense that I understood how important bread was in those cultures. I absolutely loved the writing style and how the book was presented. I tried out a few recipes and they turned out great. A bit of a problem I encountered with it was that I couldn’t change the recipes according to my country’s climate. Like, in the sourdough breads they require a cool climate but I felt that the author could explain the temperature influence in the bread a bit better. Like what we should do in the case of a tropical climate. So that was a bit of a downer. But otherwise I really enjoyed the book and how it presented the bread making process in great detail.