Simply Great Breads

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Simply Great Breads: Sweet and Savory Yeasted Treats from America's Premier Artisan Baker, by Daniel Leader. If bread is the staff of life, then this book by renowned artisanal baker Daniel Leader is every home baker’s must-have cookbook. Featuring an amazing array of incredible delicacies made with yeast, it’s the perfect combination of easy and sophisticated recipes, with the keys to unlocking basics of working with yeasted doughs. Who can resist a collection of 50 mouthwatering treats, essential recipes for everyone who loves bread? The menu includes must-bake breakfast classics like crumpets and English muffins, and the three irresistible Bs: bagels, brioche, and bialys … timeless favorites such as Parker House rolls, ciabatta, and challah … plus waffles, cider doughnuts, beignets, babka, and monkey bread. Bakers of all skill levels will learn tips and trade secrets from Leader, who has shared his vast knowledge with people around the world.

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Daniel Leader was one of the first champions of artisanal bread baking in this country; he founded the first Bread Alone Bakery in the Hudson Valley in the early ‘80s. Now a classic, Leader’s book, Bread Alone, won the IACP award for best baking book in 1994. In 2008, Leader won his second IACP award for Local Breads, also written with Lauren Chattman. LAUREN CHATTMAN is the author of 12 cookbooks, including the recent Cake Keeper Cakes and Panini Express, which she co-wrote with Leader.

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