An introduction to the French art of baking bread—including ingredient selection, starter cultivation, and bread-making techniques—with more than 100 recipes
The quintessential staple of French cuisine is the humble baguette, but the country’s bread-baking tradition—along with variations assimilated from other world cultures—offers a vast repertoire. With an introduction to the history of French bread, guidelines to help the home baker select the right ingredients—grain and flour varieties, water, salt, and starter—this book details the step-by-step techniques and fundamentals of bread making: from feeding the starter, kneading and preparing the dough, and baking, to more than 100 recipes.
Eighteen expert bakers and pastry chefs share the sweet and savory recipes that have forged the French bakery’s enviable reputation—from round pain de campagne or olive and oregano bread to regional breads like fougasse or the Basque talos. A new generation of chefs have developed original creations such as black baguette with sesame, matcha tea–rolled bread, buckwheat-and-seaweed galettes, and honey, fig, and hazelnut rye. A chapter on traditional breads from all around the world, such as pita, focaccia, bagels, Georgian khachapuri, and Norwegian polar bread are reinterpreted in the French style. Recipes include pains surprise, croque monsieur, onion soup with cheese croutons, and desserts such as pain perdu and kouign-amann. For each recipe, pictograms indicate the level of difficulty, time required, type of starter, and whether a recipe is gluten-free.