Reviewed by Dawn Watson
As a novice to bread making I was really delighted to be chosen to review Bread on the Table by Valerie O’Connor. I love recipes books but have not had a ‘bread’ only book. I was not disappointed. I loved leafing through each section and looking forward to trying the recipes out.
On turning through the first few pages of this 160 page book it was evident that Valerie O’Connor is an enthusiastic bread maker, her ease of writing made it enjoyable to read, understand and be keen to get baking bread. She explained everything from the varieties of yeast to bread ‘lingo’ and even what utensils would be handy to get you on the road to bread making.
I always thought bread would be really hard to make… Valerie made it easy to understand and with the addition of step by step pictures for the basic white bread recipe, it was easy for myself and my two daughters to follow through our very first white bread recipe…. which Valerie confirms once you have this basic recipe you can achieve other things like pizza dough, baguette rolls etc… Although there seemed many steps to follow, each step was carefully explained and easy to follow. My 11 year old daughter found it fun to follow too.
The house smelled delicious and the white bread was gorgeous, my girls and I were delighted with our very first attempt.
Each recipe came with a little story as to its origins in Ireland and the recipes ranged from sourdough breads through to surprising unusual breads like ‘sea lettuce baguettini’ as well as sweet treats – the truly gorgeous chocolate swirls!
I was delighted to also find a whole section dedicated to ‘Gluten free goodies’.
I love this book, its more than a recipe book – and will be used time and time again… the only recipe I may not be lucky enough to try would be the seaweed ones as I’m not sure where in Scotland I could buy this or forage for it!
Great value recipe book… A firm favourite in my recipe corner now.