Low-carb is so yesterday: Bread is totally in.

BREAD IS COOL AGAIN! WE ARE CELEBRATING THIS RETURN TO GOODNESS WITH A COLLECTION OF THE BEST BAKERIES AND BAKING COOKBOOKS AS WELL AS FABULOUS RECIPES AND SERVING IDEAS.

Photos: Lucie Eisenmann, Text: Julia Stelzner, Styling: Ina Erdmann, Recipes: Max Faber

Airy ciabatta from Italy, crispy baguette from France, German whole-grain breads full of nutrition, or moist, hearty rustic bread: Nothing varies from country to country as much as bread. And nothing is loved more by all. And that in spite of the fact that good, old bread lost some of its status in recent years. Reaching into the bread basket during the salad course, or spreading a layer of butter on a slice of bread for breakfast instead of having a fruit salad is almost an act of revolution! So it's about time for a pro-grain movement, and not just in Germany. Especially now that cooking and baking have advanced to absolute lifestyle disciplines, traditional bread makers are gathering increasingly more disciples. The reasons are obvious: Warm bread is one of the most pleasurable things there are. The sort that only ambitious early-risers frequently get to enjoy. And an automatic bread maker isn't a must. A preheated oven and a heat-proof pot are completely sufficient. There's an added plus: If you bake for yourself, you know exactly what's in the dough. And you can add whatever suits your fancy: Nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit and vegetables all make refined extras.

 

THE 6 BEST BAKERIES IN THE WORLD


  Everybody loves tasty bread. We know where to find the best, from Berlin to Cape Town (and we include some of their favorite specialties, too).

BAKERY GUIDE

BREAD ON TOUR


A short interview with the most exciting bread maker and successful book author, Malin Elmlid of "The Bread Exchange".

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WELL PREPARED


Turn sandwiches into a gourmet experience: We divulge sophisticated spreads for your bread and show how to present them on the prettiest plates for lunch.

RECIPES

LESS IS MORE


The longing for more authenticity begins: with bread. Our two favorite recipes can be found here.

TO THE RECIPES

GOOD FRIENDS GIVE EACH OTHER - BREAD!


Scrumptious bread is and remains the best housewarming gift, especially when it is baked with love - by you. Add a gourmet salt, such as Sal de Ibiza, and a lovely porcelain plate from the Artesano Original pattern, because, as everyone knows you can't have enough of either. 

TASTY GIFT IDEAS

BAKING FOR BEGINNINGERS

FOUR GREAT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO BAKE BREAD


No other baked creation requires as few ingredients as bread. And yet, there is still an amazing variety, as these books on baking show.

THE BREAD EXCHANGE: 

MALIN ELMLID

Malin Elmlid has collected inspiration from twelve different countries – from California to Afghanistan - including her special sour dough bread and many other typical recipes from other countries. Have fun making a culinary trip around the world!

Chronicle Books, $30.00 (in English); as of February, also available in German at Prestel Verlag

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BAKING FOR BEGINNINGERS

FOUR GREAT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO BAKE BREAD


No other baked creation requires as few ingredients as bread. And yet, there is still an amazing variety, as these books on baking show.

BROTBACKBUCH: 

LUTZ GEISSLER

Perfect for beginners: Here are 40 recipes, from easy to challenging, and all essential fundamentals for preparing dough – for instance, about the 'proofing' phase between making the dough and baking it, or how to handle the seam where the bread 'closes'.

Ulmer Verlag, € 25.00 (in German)

WWW.ULMER.DE

BAKING FOR BEGINNINGERS

FOUR GREAT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO BAKE BREAD


No other baked creation requires as few ingredients as bread. And yet, there is still an amazing variety, as these books on baking show.

MY BREAD: 

JIM LAHEY

The food critics from the New York Times are fans of Lim Lahey's bread. The baker, whounderpinned his love of good white bread with masterly craft in Italy, makes it easy for others to follow. He says: Forget the kneading! Just give the dough 12 hours to rest.

W.W. Norton & Co, $ 29.95 (in English)

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BAKING FOR BEGINNINGERS

FOUR GREAT INTERNATIONAL BOOKS THAT INSPIRE YOU TO BAKE BREAD


No other baked creation requires as few ingredients as bread. And yet, there is still an amazing variety, as these books on baking show.

TARTINE BREAD: 

CHAD ROBERTSON AND ELIZABETH PRUEITT

The Tartine Bakery can deliver practically everything: from flaky leaf pastry to scrumptious breads that provide fabulous counter arguments to Wonderbread's cliché slices. "Tartine Bread", the baking book, delivers all kinds of inspiration.

Chronicle Books, about $40.00 (in English)

WWW.CHRONICLEBOOKS.COM

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