"Jeffrey Hamelman, a professional baker for nearly three decades, shares his experience, putting world-class artisanal loaves within reach of any serious baker. Opening with a overview of the foundations - essential ingredients; hand techniques for kneading, scoring, and shaping; the basic process from mixing through baking - he guides bakers through all elements of this craft." "Bread contains 118 detailed, step-by-step recipes for an array of breads. Hundreds of drawings illustrate techniques, and 35 color photographs display finished breads. Sidebars accompany each recipe and section with valuable tips, from the subtle art of tasting and evaluating breads to the perfect fare to complement Vollkornbrot. A complete chapter on decorative breads - with instructions on techniques as well as a wide variety of exquisite patterns - will inspire magnificent display creations."--BOOK JACKET.