Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Jeff Hertzberg, Author, Zoe Francois, Author, Mark Luinenburg, Photographer
Jeff Hertzberg, Author, Zoe Francois, Author, Mark Luinenburg, Photographer . St. Martin's/Dunne $27.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-54552-9
Reviewed on: 10/19/2009
Release date: 10/01/2009

Two years ago, the authors published Artisan Bread in Five Minutes , presenting European-inspired loafs and baked goods, relying on traditional baking ingredients. After the authors started a blog based on that book, they responded to readers requests for recipes for healthy breads, including those made with less white flour, lower refined sugars and gluten-free options. Relying on the same five-minute, no-knead method, a master recipe is the base for most of the 100 recipes. The book's strength lies in the unusual selections inspired from around the globe including Turkish pear coffee bread; tabbouleh bread with parsley, garlic and bulgur; and Indian-spiced doughnuts. A chapter entitled “Sneaky Breads” cleverly incorporates fruits and vegetables into doughs, resulting in tasty and healthy creations such as brown rice and prune bread and beet-red buns. A selection of pizzas and an entire chapter dedicated to gluten-free baked goods round out the title. The friendly tone, including headnotes and stories behind recipes, keep this from becoming a didactic diet book. Though traditionalists may shy away from the method and ingredient substitutions presented, others will find inspiration within the pages of this unconventional baking title. (Nov.)

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