Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way (Hardcover)

Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way By Marie-Laure Fréchet, Valérie Lhomme (Photographs by), Bérengère Abraham (Contributions by) Cover Image

Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way (Hardcover)

By Marie-Laure Fréchet, Valérie Lhomme (Photographs by), Bérengère Abraham (Contributions by)

$40.00


An introduction to the French art of baking bread—including ingredient selection, starter cultivation, and bread-making techniques—with more than 100 recipes

The quintessential staple of French cuisine is the humble baguette, but the country’s bread-baking tradition—along with variations assimilated from other world cultures—offers a vast repertoire. With an introduction to the history of French bread, guidelines to help the home baker select the right ingredients—grain and flour varieties, water, salt, and starter—this book details the step-by-step techniques and fundamentals of bread making: from feeding the starter, kneading and preparing the dough, and baking, to more than 100 recipes.
 
Eighteen expert bakers and pastry chefs share the sweet and savory recipes that have forged the French bakery’s enviable reputation—from round pain de campagne or olive and oregano bread to regional breads like fougasse or the Basque talos. A new generation of chefs have developed original creations such as black baguette with sesame, matcha tea–rolled bread, buckwheat-and-seaweed galettes, and honey, fig, and hazelnut rye. A chapter on traditional breads from all around the world, such as pita, focaccia, bagels, Georgian khachapuri, and Norwegian polar bread are reinterpreted in the French style. Recipes include pains surprise, croque monsieur, onion soup with cheese croutons, and desserts such as pain perdu and kouign-amann. For each recipe, pictograms indicate the level of difficulty, time required, type of starter, and whether a recipe is gluten-free.
Marie-Laure Fréchet regularly contributes to culinary magazines, founded a culinary festival, and is an avid home baker. Valérie Lhomme is a food photographer who regularly works for magazines including Madame Figaro, Vogue, Travel in France, Saveurs, and Marie Claire Idées. .
Product Details ISBN: 9782081517073
ISBN-10: 2081517078
Publisher: Flammarion
Publication Date: November 30th, 2021
Pages: 448
Language: English
"Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way; Recipes and Techniques by Marie-Laure Fréchet (Flammarion, Oct.) offers an introduction to the method used in France to create those sublime loaves." —LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Eighteen bakers share their knowledge and recipes in this magnificent book that is a cookbook, a piece of art, and a trip to the best of bakeries in the world. The first 200 pages are devoted to the mechanics and technique of bread baking: scoring, kneading and more with a wealth of information and photographs. The recipes start on page 201 and they are impressive and labeled per difficulty level. There is a chapter on traditional breads from all around the world, such as pita, focaccia, bagels, Georgian khachapuri, and Norwegian polar bread are reinterpreted in the French style. This will be a must have for the bread baker." —EAT YOUR BOOKS

"This is a volume for a deep dive into the baker’s art." —HUNGRY TRAVELERS