Tassajara Bread Book

Tassajara Bread Book

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192 pages
Dimensions: 7.26 x 9.23 inches

Bread baking can be an intimidating endeavor for the first time. At least it was for us, until we pulled out our mother's worn copy of the Tassajara Bread Book and followed its simple, casual instructions. This is not bread from a fancy bakery, this is healthy wholesome bread from a cook at a meditation center in 1970 (because that's who wrote it). They focus on whole wheat, large batch, and healthy recipes for the home cook. Each recipe starts with a simple description that sounds like your favorite uncle is describing his breakfast. Mostly yeasted breads, nice intro to sourdough, good amount of quick breads and treats. Thousands of bakers have started right here. 

Note: We have never used dry milk and make substitutions on many of the recipes. Follow the process and the rest is very forgiving. We put all our extra loaves in the freezer for the next week or three.


“The bible for bread baking”—a favorite among renowned chefs and novice bakers alike—now updated for a new generation (The Washington Post)

“Like thousands of cooks of my generation, I have in my kitchen an ancient volume of The Tassajara Bread Book, its cover gritty with flour, its spine cracked from use, its pages stained with molasses, and dog-eared with decades of perusal. It is the book that taught me how to make bread and its simple wisdom has been present in every loaf I have baked. I will recommend it with enthusiasm to a new generation of cooks.” —Steve Raichlen, author of The Barbeque Bible

Beloved by professional and at-home bakers for decades, this indispensable bread making guide is the perfect book for new bakers building their skills or for those looking to expand their repertoire. In this deluxe edition, the same gentle, clear instructions and wonderful recipes created by the then-head cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California are now presented in a new paperback format with an updated interior design. 

Edward Espe Brown’s easy-to-follow instructions for a variety of yeasted breads, sourdough breads, quick breads, pastries, and desserts will teach you about the baking process and turn you into a bread making expert.