This is essential with a guide like this, though. It works on getting the basics mastered first to ensure you can walk before you start trying to run. So it starts out by introducing a straightforward loaf before embarking into the more exotic terrain of croissants, lardy cake and pumpernickel bread.
Instructions are well-written and illustrated with lots of step-by-step photographs along the way, which is exactly what you need when it comes to something as technical as bread-making.
All in all a great book to add to your collection – and handily sized to slip onto a shelf or into a kitchen drawer when your hands get dirty.
River Cottage Handbook No 3 – Bread by Daniel Stevens, Bloomsbury £14.99