Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals Of Artisan Bread And Pizza by Ken ForkishFlour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals Of Artisan Bread And Pizza by Ken Forkish

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals Of Artisan Bread And Pizza

byKen Forkish

Hardcover | September 18, 2012

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From Portland's most acclaimed and beloved baker comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.

There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country.

In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere.

Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet.

Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredients ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.
After a twenty-year career in the tech industry, Ken Forkish decided to leave Silicon Valley and corporate America behind to become a baker. He moved to Portland, Oregon, and opened Ken's Artisan Bakery in 2001, followed by Ken's Artisan Pizza in 2006 and Trifecta Tavern in 2013. His first book, Flour Water Salt Yeast, won both a James...
Title:Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals Of Artisan Bread And PizzaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 10.3 × 8.3 × 0.93 inPublished:September 18, 2012Publisher:Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/RodaleLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:160774273X

ISBN - 13:9781607742739

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect, simple I bought this book a little over a year ago and have been baking incredible bread ever since. Before purchasing, I boroughed this book and Tartine from the library before I made my final choice. I found Ken easier to understand and less overwhelming. It’s quality over quantity in this book. Once you master these recipes, there is no stopping you to experiment with different flours, dried fruit, nuts.... My great-grandfather and my grandfather were both professional bakers, they would be very proud of the quality of bread I’m able to produce at home. Thanks Ken!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book for amateur baker! This book is amazing for those of us who are interested in baking HIGH quality bread, but are totally new to the process. It walks you through each step in a lot of detail, and uses the same techniques throughout the book, so building from one recipe to the next is very straightforward!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely necessary!! The best bread baking book there is out there. This book covers it all. There is so much details included in this book and all the recipes come out perfect. This is the bread book I recommend to all of my friends beginning to make their own breads!!
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Love Artisan Bread. Been baking no-knead breads to achieve the Artisan type breads and now this bread cookbook will teach me to use other types of bread starters to achieve a better loaves. Recipes are easy to follow.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good very easy to follow and delicious too.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow Nice book. Easy to work with and understand!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flour Water Salt Yeast Fabulous bread easy to follow . I'm working my way through the book . We stopped buying bread
Date published: 2014-03-10

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Principles of Artisan Bread
1:  The Backstory
2:  Eight Details for Great Bread and Pizza
3:  Equipment and Ingredients

Essay: Where Does Our Flour Come From?

Part 2: Basic Bread Recipes
4:  Basic Bread Method
5: Straight Doughs
6:  Doughs Made with

Essay: The Early Morning Bread Baker’s Routine

Part 3: Levain Bread Recipes
7:  Understanding Levain
8:  Levain Method
9:  Hybrid Leavening Doughs

Essay: The 3-Kilo Boule

10:  Pure Levain Doughs
11:  Advanced Levain Doughs

Essay: Making a Bread (or Pizza) Dough You Can Call Your Own

Part 4: Pizza Recipes
12:  Pizza and Focaccia Method
13:  Pizza Doughs
14:  Pizza and focaccia

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Editorial Reviews

Winner, IACP Awards 2013 - Baking: Savory or SweetWinner, James Beard Foundation Award 2013 - Baking and Dessert“If books full of stunning bread porn — all craggy crusts, yeasty bubbles and floured work surfaces — are your thing, here's Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish.”—Eater National"Legendary Portland baker Ken Forkish (of the watershed Ken's Artisan Bakery and much-loved Ken's Artisan Pizza) has joined the ranks of the lauded letterers with his mammoth new cookbook Water Flour Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. In Water Flour Salt Yeast, he aims to bring the spirit and quality of his famous crusty, blistered breads to the passionate home baker using those four titular ingredients."—portlandmonthlymag.com“Exceptionally detailed and clearly written with dedicated bakers in mind. . . . Cooks and students who are serious about the craft of bread baking will definitely want to check out this title.”—Library Journal"Forkish's instructions are clear, concise and incredibly precise... For true artisan bread lovers -- and homemade pizza fanatics -- this book sets a new standard."—Oregonian, June 25, 2012"Divided into four sections (“The Principles of Artisan Bread,” “Basic Bread Recipes,” “Levain Bread Recipes,” and “Pizza Recipes”), with recipes broken down by breads made with store-bought yeast, breads made with long-fermented simple doughs, and doughs made with pre-ferments, the book presents recipes accessible to novices, while providing a different approach for making dough to experienced bakers. Plenty of step-by-step photographs, along with a chapter outlining “Great Details for Bread and Pizza,” make this slim work a rival to any bread-baking tome. A variety of pizza recipes, including sweet potato and pear pizza and golden beets and duck breast “prosciutto” pizza, (along with an Oregon hazelnut butter cookie recipe), end the title and inspire readers to put on the apron and get out the flour."—Publishers Weekly, 6/4/2012 “Ken Forkish’s story is as unique, interesting, and delicious as his famous breads and pizzas. The man abandoned his past, courageously stepped off the cliff and followed his passion, and the result has been a gift to all of us: great breads, fabulous pizzas, and now this beautiful book—Flour Water Salt Yeast—in which he reveals all.” —Peter Reinhart, author of Artisan Breads Every Day and The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking   “Ken nails it, end of story, when it comes to the best levain bread or the thinnest, most perfect pizza crust you’ve ever had. He has set the bar for Portland bakeries—that’s why we use his bread at Le Pigeon. For anybody looking to bake amazing bread at home, this book is a must-have.” —Gabriel Rucker, chef/owner of Le Pigeon restaurant             “This fun book offers more than just top-quality bread. Flour Water Salt Yeast reveals all the formulas, processes, tips, and tricks Ken established in his years of experience as a professional baker. But most importantly, it teaches home bakers how to create their own bread using multiple schedules and ingredient combinations. Hey—all that without having to get up to bake in the middle of the night.” —Michel Suas, founder of the San Francisco Baking Institute and author of Advanced Bread and Pastry   “Ken Forkish is an artisan for our times, and the kind of ‘handcraft-it-yourself’ dreamer who makes Portland, Oregon, one of America’s top food destinations. This book is a handsome expression of his bread-baking vision: Forkish is a man unbound, obsessed by the science of fermentation, and excitedly sharing hard-won secrets and exacting recipes from his celebrated sourdough laboratory.”  —Karen Brooks, restaurant critic, Portland Monthly