Good beginner bread textbook for teaching class

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  1. chera

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    What book is recommended for beginners?  I am teaching a basic bread course and looking for a book that I use to base my lectures from.  Needs to explain the basics  simply and easy enough for folks who have no prior knowledge of bread making or how the ingredients work.
     
  2. thecaterx

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    I really love Jim Lahey's work and wish they would teach more of his method at the professional level.
     
     
  3. chera

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    What is the name of his book?

    Is it good for explaining methods, ingredients, bread chemistry, etc?

    The class I am teaching is basic and for folks with no prior baking experience.  It needs to have the fundamentals of bread understanding.  
     
  4. flipflopgirl

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    When I downloaded and printed this baking instruction manual the company was just getting started.

    I found the chapters on bread really informative and easy to follow.

    May fit into your lesson plans http://www.preparedpantry.com/how-to-bake-free-cook-book.htm

    Jim Lahey uses some different techniques and IMO worth a look.

    Google his name along with bread baking recipe.

    mimi
     
  5. thecaterx

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    The title is My Bread and he goes into the science involved on a level that is easy to understand and gives a good foundation.  Although the book is written with the home baker in mind, his method adapts pretty well to the profession kitchen.
     
     
  6. chera

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    Thanks Mimi!  I downloaded it and it is indeed pretty good.  Simple enough to explain to beginners, still interesting, still full of good information.  Thank you very much.
     
  7. flipflopgirl

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    You are so welcome!

    I was surprised to see that the manual is still free...just a testomony to the good people that comprise the PP staff.

    In other words...PP is chock full of good neighbors practicing the golden rule.

    mimi