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Crust and Crumb

The heart and soul of classic bread baking, from master baker Peter Reinhart

From whole-wheat, sourdough, and rye to pita, focaccia, and naan, this classic cookbook from expert baker Peter Reinhart shows you how to produce phenomenal bread. Reinhart details each step in the process, giving you the knowledge and confidence to create countless versions of your own. Not merely a book of bread recipes, this book is an in-depth dive into the world of bread baking, filled with highly tested formulas to take your bread game to the next level.

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PETER REINHART is a baking instructor and faculty member at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the cofounder of Brother Juniper's Bakery in Santa Rosa, California, and is the author of several books on bread baking, including Crust and Crumb, The Bread Baker's Apprentice (winner of the 2002 James Beard Cookbook of the Year and IACP Cookbook of the Year), and the 2008 James Beard Award-winning Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads. Peter is the founder and host of the popular website, where he continues to chronicle his never-ending search for the perfect pizza through videos, essays, and recipes. He also has created two instructional video courses, on artisan bread and on pizza, for


Reinhart is the author of the well-regarded Brother Juniper's Bread Book (1991. o.p.) as well as the charming Sacramental Magic in a Small-Town Café (LJ 9/15/94), about the café that grew into Brother Juniper's Bakery, in Santa Rosa, CA. Now he's teaching baking at the California Culinary Academy, and his latest book is a detailed and authoritative guide to artisan breads. The book's subtitle basically says it all, though Reinhart explains that he uses the word formula rather than recipe because he's included the "why" as well as the "how" for making his "world-class breads," from sourdoughs of all types to brioche and challah to flatbreads and pizza. A worthy addition to the elite group that includes Joe Ortiz's The Village Baker (LJ 12/92) and Daniel Leader's Bread Alone (LJ 10/15/93), this is highly recommended for all baking collections.

1999 James Beard Award Winner

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