Here’s a list of books and websites that are useful for the home baker and also the professional, whether you’re a novice or experienced. Most offer a plethora of recipes, and many include text that is even more interesting. A few in fact could be considered scholarly on the fascinating subject of bread and are as interesting to read as they are to bake from. Some are classics; some are new. These are just a few suggestions; the list could be much longer.


Bernard Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads

By Bernard Clayton, Jr.

Bread Alone

By Daniel Leader and Judith Blahnik

The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

By Peter Reinhart

The Bread Builders

By Daniel Wing and Alan Scott

Crust and Crumb

By Peter Reinhart

The Book of Bread

By Judith and Evan Jones

English Bread and Yeast Cookery

By Elizabeth David

Flatbreads and Flavors

By Jeffery Alford and Naomi Duguid

From a Baker’s Kitchen

By Gail Sher

The History of Bread

By Bernard Dupaigne

The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book

By Laurel Robertson, with Carol Flinders and Bronwen Godfrey

Six Thousand Years of Bread

By H. E. Jacob

The Tassajara Bread Book

By Edward Espe Brown


A site all about baking, including breads.

Botham and Son’s Bakery

The Website of an English bakery with an excellent page on bread history.

Bread Baker’s Guild of America

Professional Bread Baker’s Site, an great resource for the home baker as well.

A site all about bread.

The Bread Museum

(Click on the English flag for English Language)

Encarta On Line Encyclopedia

Link to its page on bread, with in depth info on its history and how it’s made.

Educational food history site with excellent info on breads.

Spells out the fundamentals of bread making in plain Enflish.

King Arthur Flour

An employee-owned flour company

An ingredient resource for the home baker, with a lot of baking info as well.