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With praise from Dorie Greenspan, Jim Lahey, and David Lebovitz, the definitive bread-baking book for a new generation. But this book isn't just about baking bread-- it's about what to do with the slices and heels and nubs from those many loaves you'll bake. Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at nearly every meal--the recipe for which was a closel With praise from Dorie Greenspan, Jim Lahey, and David Lebovitz, the definitive bread-baking book for a new generation. But this book isn't just about baking bread-- it's about what to do with the slices and heels and nubs from those many loaves you'll bake. Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at nearly every meal--the recipe for which was a closely-guarded family secret. When her blog, Alexandra's Kitchen, began to grow in popularity, readers started asking how to make the bread they'd heard so much about; the bread they had seen peeking into photos. Finally, Alexandra's mother relented, and the recipe went up on the internet. It has since inspired many who had deemed bread-baking an impossibility to give it a try, and their results have exceeded expectations. The secret is in its simplicity: the no-knead dough comes together in fewer than five minutes, rises in an hour, and after a second short rise, bakes in buttered bowls. After you master the famous peasant bread, you'll work your way through its many variations, both in flavor (Cornmeal, Jalapeno, and Jack; Three Seed) and form (Cranberry Walnut Dinner Rolls; Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread). You'll enjoy bread's usual utilities with Food Cart Grilled Cheese and the Summer Tartine with Burrata and Avocado, but then you'll discover its true versatility when you use it to sop up Mussels with Shallot and White Wine or juicy Roast Chicken Legs. Finally, you'll find ways to savor every last bite, from Panzanella Salad Three Ways to Roasted Tomato Soup to No-Bake Chocolate-Coconut Cookies. Bread, Toast, Crumbs is a 2018 nominee for The IACP Julia Child First Book Award, and Alexandra's Kitchen was a finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners 2016


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With praise from Dorie Greenspan, Jim Lahey, and David Lebovitz, the definitive bread-baking book for a new generation. But this book isn't just about baking bread-- it's about what to do with the slices and heels and nubs from those many loaves you'll bake. Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at nearly every meal--the recipe for which was a closel With praise from Dorie Greenspan, Jim Lahey, and David Lebovitz, the definitive bread-baking book for a new generation. But this book isn't just about baking bread-- it's about what to do with the slices and heels and nubs from those many loaves you'll bake. Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at nearly every meal--the recipe for which was a closely-guarded family secret. When her blog, Alexandra's Kitchen, began to grow in popularity, readers started asking how to make the bread they'd heard so much about; the bread they had seen peeking into photos. Finally, Alexandra's mother relented, and the recipe went up on the internet. It has since inspired many who had deemed bread-baking an impossibility to give it a try, and their results have exceeded expectations. The secret is in its simplicity: the no-knead dough comes together in fewer than five minutes, rises in an hour, and after a second short rise, bakes in buttered bowls. After you master the famous peasant bread, you'll work your way through its many variations, both in flavor (Cornmeal, Jalapeno, and Jack; Three Seed) and form (Cranberry Walnut Dinner Rolls; Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread). You'll enjoy bread's usual utilities with Food Cart Grilled Cheese and the Summer Tartine with Burrata and Avocado, but then you'll discover its true versatility when you use it to sop up Mussels with Shallot and White Wine or juicy Roast Chicken Legs. Finally, you'll find ways to savor every last bite, from Panzanella Salad Three Ways to Roasted Tomato Soup to No-Bake Chocolate-Coconut Cookies. Bread, Toast, Crumbs is a 2018 nominee for The IACP Julia Child First Book Award, and Alexandra's Kitchen was a finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners 2016

30 review for Bread Toast Crumbs: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves & Meals to Savor Every Slice: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I am a very good home baker. Don’t care if that sounds braggy. As competent as I feel around a stand mixer and piping bags, if a recipe requires a packet of yeast, I keep on walking. However. Ever since I laid my hands on this book a few months ago, I’ve baked fresh, yeasty delicious bread 1-2 a week. It’s an amazing book—well done, lots of gorgeous photos and all written in a wonderfully straightforward and insightful tone. If you’re a bread eater with even a passing interest in baking, I highl I am a very good home baker. Don’t care if that sounds braggy. As competent as I feel around a stand mixer and piping bags, if a recipe requires a packet of yeast, I keep on walking. However. Ever since I laid my hands on this book a few months ago, I’ve baked fresh, yeasty delicious bread 1-2 a week. It’s an amazing book—well done, lots of gorgeous photos and all written in a wonderfully straightforward and insightful tone. If you’re a bread eater with even a passing interest in baking, I highly recommend this book. It’s a keeper.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    These no knead breads are FOOLPROOF! The writing in this book is gorgeous. I want to live inside this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Kuhlman

    Great bread book. It's not the most sophisticated bread, but it makes a decent peasant loaf and it's easy. The focaccia is delicious, as is the pizza- really great- among the best I've made. Her recipes using toast and crumbs are great. I really enjoyed this book. Got it from the library, then bought a used copy on Amazon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☮Karen

    I have quite a few cookbooks, more than I realized, and would love to add this one to my collection. My copy needs to go back to the library. Whenever I can find yeast in the stores again, I want to definitely try Peasant Bread, Beer Bread, Cheesy Bread, Focaccia... OMG there are so many. Homemade pizza! And those are in just the first 40 pages. Anyway, a book full of good reading or good cooking if so inclined.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim M

    What a lovely book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I have to start with a caveat: I didn't read or try any of the loaf recipes. I'm a pretty competent bread baker (Peter Reinhart and Dan Lepard are my go-to's) but my life has become busier and I've become intrigued, for the first time, by the no-knead angle. But I was equally intrigued with this book because of the inclusion of meal recipes; it's so easy to just fill up on bread and I thought this book might give me more ideas on bread-based meals. But the meal recipes are so insufferably twee. I have to start with a caveat: I didn't read or try any of the loaf recipes. I'm a pretty competent bread baker (Peter Reinhart and Dan Lepard are my go-to's) but my life has become busier and I've become intrigued, for the first time, by the no-knead angle. But I was equally intrigued with this book because of the inclusion of meal recipes; it's so easy to just fill up on bread and I thought this book might give me more ideas on bread-based meals. But the meal recipes are so insufferably twee. I literally threw the book on the couch after paging through maybe a dozen recipes. It feels disjointed to me--a bread baking method that's prime for busy people, combined with the kinds of expensive-ingredient, multiple-component recipes you might expect to find at a neighborhood breakfast bistro. Maybe she should have written two cookbooks and focused on the strengths of each idea. I guess I'll just read Jim Lahey's book instead.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily Monroe

    I love the peasant bread recipe — it is consistently a hit with guests. It is about 1 time in every 3 I make it that I can get the bread out of the small vintage Pyrex bowls she recommends (I went all in, what can I say). I have tried slathering butter on, but there is a point where there appears to be too much butter and the bottom crust does not crisp, but rather stays a bit moist and can separate from the bread when I cut it. Basically, this bread tastes great but it is a bit frustrating to w I love the peasant bread recipe — it is consistently a hit with guests. It is about 1 time in every 3 I make it that I can get the bread out of the small vintage Pyrex bowls she recommends (I went all in, what can I say). I have tried slathering butter on, but there is a point where there appears to be too much butter and the bottom crust does not crisp, but rather stays a bit moist and can separate from the bread when I cut it. Basically, this bread tastes great but it is a bit frustrating to work with. I tried the hamburger buns and those did not turn out tasting like hamburger buns should, either in flavor or texture (too crunchy or too raw, no nirvana-level in between). Overall I love her ideas and I bake from this book about twice a month. I do use the guide of making bread and using it at all stages (toast, crumbs) and this is a great guide for doing more “at home” baking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Full disclosure: I already jumped on the Alexandra's peasant bread train last year. I've had a pound of yeast (less 2 teaspoons at a time) in my fridge since December, so I was fully prepped and ready for the quarantine bread making craze and I didn't have to bother with feeding a starter. This book landed in my holds about two days after my town went into quarantine and I was finally able to free it via curbside pickup recently. And I am hype to make a bunch of these recipes. There's variations Full disclosure: I already jumped on the Alexandra's peasant bread train last year. I've had a pound of yeast (less 2 teaspoons at a time) in my fridge since December, so I was fully prepped and ready for the quarantine bread making craze and I didn't have to bother with feeding a starter. This book landed in my holds about two days after my town went into quarantine and I was finally able to free it via curbside pickup recently. And I am hype to make a bunch of these recipes. There's variations of the peasant bread, which I've personally not messed with too much yet, since bread can be finicky. There's other breads. There's "toast" recipes which was mostly just sandwich food porn for me. And then there's crumb recipes -- which for a single person living alone, sometimes two loaves of bread is just a loaf too many.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at every meal. Eventually after she started a food blog she convinced her mother to share her bread recipe. This cookbook starts with that recipe then the first section "bread" gives other bread recipes and variations on her mother's original recipe. The second section "toast" covers recipes that use the breads from the first section - sandwiches, entrees using bread, etc. The final section "crumbs" includes recipes on using the bread Alexandra Stafford grew up eating her mother's peasant bread at every meal. Eventually after she started a food blog she convinced her mother to share her bread recipe. This cookbook starts with that recipe then the first section "bread" gives other bread recipes and variations on her mother's original recipe. The second section "toast" covers recipes that use the breads from the first section - sandwiches, entrees using bread, etc. The final section "crumbs" includes recipes on using the bread in a broken down way - crumbs, croutons, bread pudding, etc. I really like the way Stafford organized the cookbook and there were LOTS of recipes I'd like to try. If you want to get started baking bread (and finding all kinds of ways to use that bread) this would be a great place to start.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clwseattle

    I love that Bread Toast Crumbs is so comprehensive. I've been baking no-knead bread with the Jim Leahy method for a while now (this morning, cinnamon raisin!) but I have yet to try her method. Author Alexandra Stafford gives us some favorites and loads of new twists and recipes in which to use all aspects of her yummy sounding breads.. Anyone who has read my baking cookbook reviews know that most important to me is ingredients measured in weigh not volume. Alexandra Stafford gives both. She does I love that Bread Toast Crumbs is so comprehensive. I've been baking no-knead bread with the Jim Leahy method for a while now (this morning, cinnamon raisin!) but I have yet to try her method. Author Alexandra Stafford gives us some favorites and loads of new twists and recipes in which to use all aspects of her yummy sounding breads.. Anyone who has read my baking cookbook reviews know that most important to me is ingredients measured in weigh not volume. Alexandra Stafford gives both. She does a great job with step by step explanations, and I appreciate her detailed hints and FAQ's.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    This was our chosen cookbook for Cookbook Club this month. Bonus, the author is local and came to our meeting. I can say the author herself is a lovely individual, great a demonstrations and easy to talk to if you have questions. As for the book itself, absolutely wonderful. I don't make bread. I'm not really a baker, but these were so dang easy I'd do it again. The ones we tried were delicious, the one I made will be made again, and the addition of recipes that aren't bread, but include it as a This was our chosen cookbook for Cookbook Club this month. Bonus, the author is local and came to our meeting. I can say the author herself is a lovely individual, great a demonstrations and easy to talk to if you have questions. As for the book itself, absolutely wonderful. I don't make bread. I'm not really a baker, but these were so dang easy I'd do it again. The ones we tried were delicious, the one I made will be made again, and the addition of recipes that aren't bread, but include it as an ingredient greatly balances it all out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The photography is gorgeous, the recipes are delicious - I can't wait to try everything in the book! The bread turns out fabulous, and I have gotten rave reviews from anyone I have shared it with. The stuffing recipe is absolutely perfect, and I will definitely be making it for Thanksgiving. An easy, forgiving, delicious, and from-scratch stuffing recipe? Yes, please! The pissaladiere turned out great, too. So many terrific-sounding recipes to try!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    This is a Food 52 Baking club book that was very popular--mostly with the bread recipes, but also with the recipes that follow, which use bread. The no knead style of bread is baked in 1 quart pyrex pans, that make a smallish loaf, but two of them, so you can give one away or freeze it for another day. A good option, especially for those who live alone of with one other person and who are not adventurous bread bakers (like myself).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Fagan

    We used this for our cookbook book club and every dish was delicious! The peasant bread, salted dinner rolls and brioche bread were outstanding. The non-bread items were equally as tasty. The lime gelato with the toasted coconut and crumb topping was excellent, as was the bread pudding. There was not a recipe that wasn't enjoyed!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Branning

    I tried out her website as well. Great recipes for her basic breads. The book gave me a lot of ideas for easy and fast breads. I did like her recipes that she includes with the bread recipes and which bread pairs well with those recipes, but I decided not to try them. There are simpler recipes out there that won't cost me so much.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book is luscious to look at and read . It immediately sent me scouring for the appropriate supplies . I have yet to bake a loaf but I will ! The photos are beautiful and the recipes are so tempting .

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I reviewed this book on my blog. I reviewed this book on my blog.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Awjtf

    can't wait to try some recipes!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Interesting. There are definitely some recipes in here that I would like to try

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    from library. Liked enough to put on my watch list for used copy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Wow! In love with this cookbook! Want to make so many things.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andree Sanborn

    See my notes for the recipes I want to try.

  23. 4 out of 5

    estar*

    Minimal kneading and most loaves turned out decently!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    The unfussy bread book the world deserves.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not my type of bread book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rilla Schulte

    If you've always wanted to make bread but thought it too hard. This book is for you! I love this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca C

    Love this cookbook! I make the basic bread often. It's so easy and tasty! We also love the Sheet pan Mac & Cheese. Haven't had anything we didn't like. Love this cookbook! I make the basic bread often. It's so easy and tasty! We also love the Sheet pan Mac & Cheese. Haven't had anything we didn't like.

  28. 4 out of 5

    M M

    Lots of intriguing recipes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angelika

    Easy sounding recipes, from baking bread to making brown betty, the pictures are so inspiring, I want to make them all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashani Hettige

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️ this !

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