I have to say, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients is not nearly as great as the authors’ stand-out Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The healthy version of the book contains suggestions for how to reduce the amount of salt in the recipe (although I didn’t think 1/3 tablespoon of salt was too much for a loaf of bread in the original recipe, perhaps some people need to limit salt severely), more instructions for using a variety of flours (although the first book had a section on that as well), and a significant number of gluten free recipes.
What turned me off about the book was the addition of all the bread additions you see in regular bread recipes rather than the straight flour, water, yeast and salt formulation from the original. To me, that makes the bread less economical and more time consuming. So I skip it in rebellion. Frankly, I had formulated my own whole grain version of the original recipes using whole wheat flour in different amounts with more water and my bread comes out great. I guess if you’re not comfortable with experimenting in the kitchen, or if you are using really exotic flours, you would need to use the specific recipes in the healthy book.
Where I would say this book shines is the gluten free selections. If I were having to bake gluten-free breads, I would be thrilled to find a five minute version of gluten-free doughs and to find them in such variety. If you’re going gluten-free, you really might get a lot out of this cookbook.
Otherwise, I’d suggest sticking with the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book and experimenting with different whole grain flours if you like doing that sort of thing.
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