Modernist Bread – Review

September 3, 2018

Modernist Bread – The Bread Revolution

The Modernist Cuisine team did it again, this time the with Modernist Bread.

Modernist Bread is a five-volume collection that leads us to discover the complete story of bread. The first three volumes provide an in-depth look at bread’s history and fundamentals, ingredients, techniques, and equipment. The last two volumes are a mix of 1,200 recipes.

Its recipes require a commitment to close reading, and to flipping back through the books for deeper explanations. But each has useful variations that work with many kinds of mixing and cooking methods, for both professional and home kitchens.

Modernist Bread
Modernist Bread Cookbook

Baking Puzzles

It offers fresh techniques for solving all sorts of infuriating baking puzzles. To combat the density and dryness of whole wheat bread, Mr. Migoya adds in the bran and germ later. Only after the dough has developed significant gluten, to bake a more lightweight, airy loaf.

Similarly to “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking“, this new collection has impressive numbers – 2,600 pages, 1,200 recipes, 1,000,000 words and 5,000 photos.

As it should be, Mr. Nathan Myhrvold and his team, filled this collection with stunning photos, like the cutaway toaster, breadcrumb macros and even images of gluten made with scanning electron microscopes.

Modernist Bread
Ripe Levain

Think Again

Modernist Bread” is another rethink book! Another work that finds inspiration in a variety of sources, industrial as well as artisanal, offering a defense of high fructose corn syrup alongside a guide to caring for wild sourdough starters, and debunking the idea that water purity affects the rise and flavor of the bread.

Above all, the book follows the line of thought of Modernist Cuisine, is a call for cooks to rethink one of the world’s oldest foods — to understand how bread is made, using more than their instinct and intuition, so they can push the craft forward. Definitely a must-have for any bread lover!


"Modernist Bread" is definitely the biggest and complete book of bread. As we say in the review this book is a way for cooks to rethink one of the world’s oldest foods. This collection is full of everything, great recipes, content, photos and lot more. It is another volume that is indispensable in any food lover collection!









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