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Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from tricky yeast breads Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from tricky yeast breads and sourdoughs, to trendy flatbreads and crackers, to family favorites such as pancakes and waffles. They also present fried doughs, quick breads, batter breads, biscuits, quiches, cobblers and crisps, cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, tarts, and pastries. For more than 200 years King Arthur Flour has been in the business of making the highest quality key ingredient in all of baking: flour. They've done decades of experimentation and research in their famous test kitchens on how the various ingredients in baked goods behave and why. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion now brings you more than 350 recipes that will teach you which ingredients work together, as well as what doesn't, and why. It is this knowledge that will allow you to unleash your own creativity and to experiment in the kitchen. You'll get a complete overview of ingredients in chapters on flours, sweeteners, leavens, fats, and more. You'll find information on substitutions and variations, as well as troubleshooting advice from the pros at King Arthur. Recipes are enhanced with sidebars that share baking secrets and provide clear-step-by-step instructions, and each recipe is accompanied by a detailed nutritional analysis. Techniques are further explained with easy-to-follow illustrations by culinary illustrator Laura Hartman Maestro. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion is the definitive kitchen resource. Exhaustive in scope, authoritative in style, and offering clear, practical, and encouraging instruction, it is the one book you'll turn to every time you bake. Like your set of measuring cups and favorite wooden spoon, it will become an essential kitchen tool. No kitchen in America should be without a copy.


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Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from tricky yeast breads Every kitchen comes equipped with a fundamental, dependable cookbook classic such as Joy of Cooking or Better Homes Gardens New Cookbook. Now bakers have a modern classic of their own. From leavening, mixing, proofing, and kneading, through shaping and baking, the experts at King Arthur Flour lead you through hundreds of easy and foolproof recipes from tricky yeast breads and sourdoughs, to trendy flatbreads and crackers, to family favorites such as pancakes and waffles. They also present fried doughs, quick breads, batter breads, biscuits, quiches, cobblers and crisps, cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, tarts, and pastries. For more than 200 years King Arthur Flour has been in the business of making the highest quality key ingredient in all of baking: flour. They've done decades of experimentation and research in their famous test kitchens on how the various ingredients in baked goods behave and why. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion now brings you more than 350 recipes that will teach you which ingredients work together, as well as what doesn't, and why. It is this knowledge that will allow you to unleash your own creativity and to experiment in the kitchen. You'll get a complete overview of ingredients in chapters on flours, sweeteners, leavens, fats, and more. You'll find information on substitutions and variations, as well as troubleshooting advice from the pros at King Arthur. Recipes are enhanced with sidebars that share baking secrets and provide clear-step-by-step instructions, and each recipe is accompanied by a detailed nutritional analysis. Techniques are further explained with easy-to-follow illustrations by culinary illustrator Laura Hartman Maestro. The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion is the definitive kitchen resource. Exhaustive in scope, authoritative in style, and offering clear, practical, and encouraging instruction, it is the one book you'll turn to every time you bake. Like your set of measuring cups and favorite wooden spoon, it will become an essential kitchen tool. No kitchen in America should be without a copy.

30 review for The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mcelveen

    If you bake, you need this book. It could be subtitled "Everything You Need to Know about Flour and the Baking Process". From the difference between hard and soft wheat to the reasons behind every step in the baking process, it is all here. Excellent reference, and excellent recipes. If I were forced to winnow (some wheat humor, there) my collection down to 5-10 cookbooks, this would be among them. If you bake, you need this book. It could be subtitled "Everything You Need to Know about Flour and the Baking Process". From the difference between hard and soft wheat to the reasons behind every step in the baking process, it is all here. Excellent reference, and excellent recipes. If I were forced to winnow (some wheat humor, there) my collection down to 5-10 cookbooks, this would be among them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This is the best cookbook I have ever owned. Forget Better Homes and Gardens and America's Test Kitchen; for a beginning baker, this is the one to get. Almost every recipe comes out quite good, and several have been excellent. The White Bread 101 recipe makes the best rolls I have ever eaten, the Apple Maple Walnut Cobbler is so easy and tastes so satisfying, the soft wrap bread is so tasty and versatile - it can serve as both naan or a wrap for tacos, the pumpkin pie is delicious and I don't ev This is the best cookbook I have ever owned. Forget Better Homes and Gardens and America's Test Kitchen; for a beginning baker, this is the one to get. Almost every recipe comes out quite good, and several have been excellent. The White Bread 101 recipe makes the best rolls I have ever eaten, the Apple Maple Walnut Cobbler is so easy and tastes so satisfying, the soft wrap bread is so tasty and versatile - it can serve as both naan or a wrap for tacos, the pumpkin pie is delicious and I don't even like pumpkin pie! (The only recipe I really did not like was the all star muffins. They were too bland. However it is entirely possible I messed something up). I love that the book goes into detail about why certain techniques should be used - that was something I had often found missing from online recipes and other books. There is also an informative section at the back on ingredients commonly used in baking that I have referenced often. I'm pretty picky when it comes to recipes. I would say 9 times out of 10 when I make a recipe from another cookbook or an online source, I am disappointed. No one wants to waste time and resources on mediocre food. With this baking book, however, I am almost always pleased with the results. And as far as there being few pictures: ignore anyone who claims this is a serious detriment to the book. Yes, pictures are pretty, but do you want pretty pictures of food, or do you want to make delicious food? The recipes and their descriptions are inspiring on their own. You can look at pictures on Pinterest! :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick Segers

    If I can quote one of the comments on this book, "if you like to bake then you need this book." It's a grand collection of recipes for baking bread (homemade rye bread yum), pies (the best Key Lime pie recipe I have found) and just about every recipe in the book is great. Couple this with information on their website and with practice you can master most baking skills easily. I know most cookbook fans don't just have one book but when the subject is baking this is the only one you would need. If I can quote one of the comments on this book, "if you like to bake then you need this book." It's a grand collection of recipes for baking bread (homemade rye bread yum), pies (the best Key Lime pie recipe I have found) and just about every recipe in the book is great. Couple this with information on their website and with practice you can master most baking skills easily. I know most cookbook fans don't just have one book but when the subject is baking this is the only one you would need.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky Cook

    This baking book is not for beginners! However seasoned bakers will find some amazing formulas and fun baking adventures. In the breakfast section you will find the most amazing basic pancake recipe! Give it a try... If you a new baker check it out of the library first and try some of the formulas and then make a purchase. Happy Baking!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I am so excited that I received this book as a gift at my bridal shower. I love to bake and this is the quintessential baking cookbook. I live at a high altitude and it even has a small section of advice for high altitude bakers. I can not wait to use this exhaustive collection of baking recipes throughout the years.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Definitely a "must have" in the kitchen. Definitely a "must have" in the kitchen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rodica

    I just got the book, so the rating is less for the recipes I tried and tested and more for the amazing selection, and very clear instructions. Can’t wait to try things out, will start with some yeasted Belgian waffles over the weekend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    I have gone back and forth about whether or not I wanted to buy this book. I absolutely love King Arthur Flour products and (other than Bob's Red Mill), I don't buy any other brand of their flours. I love their customer service, their recipes and have always had great results. When I had a chance to buy this book for $4 I took it! I hovered over four stars or five stars, for one reason only. There are very few pictures! Gah! As I started to read the book, I got lost in it four a couple of hours. I have gone back and forth about whether or not I wanted to buy this book. I absolutely love King Arthur Flour products and (other than Bob's Red Mill), I don't buy any other brand of their flours. I love their customer service, their recipes and have always had great results. When I had a chance to buy this book for $4 I took it! I hovered over four stars or five stars, for one reason only. There are very few pictures! Gah! As I started to read the book, I got lost in it four a couple of hours. If someone is a beginner baker, there is a plethora of invaluable information-- from how to measure, to baking tips. I flipped through that pretty fast, since I'm between an intermediate and advanced baker. The breakfast section kept my attention for a long while-- so many different pancakes from different parts of the world! I love baking bread, and really enjoyed bookmarking some recipes I'd love to make. I went on their website and found that many of the book recipes are not on their website. This is good and bad. I hate when I buy a cookbook and find that ALL of the recipes are online for free. Then again, sometimes I like to see photos AND read reviews on what people thought. There are plenty of pie, cookie, pastry and cake recipes that I want to make. This will be a cookbook that I will go through more often, whenever that urge to bake hits me. So glad I bought this book, at last. One last thing-- there are beautiful color photos, in the CENTER of the book. You have to find the page number listed and flip back to see the recipe. Kind of annoying really, but they are quite nice-- what few there are.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elsha

    I came from a home where homemade bread was rarely produced and I have always wanted to get into bread baking so this is one of the places I started. King Arthur's web page is another. This book offered excellent information and tips about bread making. I only thoroughly read the yeast bread section since the book is probably 600 pages or more. I came out understanding the science behind baking and yeast a little better. I've attempted quite a few loaves in the past few weeks and none of them ha I came from a home where homemade bread was rarely produced and I have always wanted to get into bread baking so this is one of the places I started. King Arthur's web page is another. This book offered excellent information and tips about bread making. I only thoroughly read the yeast bread section since the book is probably 600 pages or more. I came out understanding the science behind baking and yeast a little better. I've attempted quite a few loaves in the past few weeks and none of them have turned out inedible. Needless to say, it also has tons and tons of recipes. It also offers in depth information and tips about all types of cooking: quick breads, muffins, crackers, sweet breads, sour dough, cookies, cakes, pies, etc...all the things we love to eat but probably shouldn't. My absolute favorite part is right at the beginning where it details baking at high altitudes...information I could have used 15 years ago when I made cookies at least once a month. I highly recommend this book to any baker. Don't say I didn't warn you about it size though. It's huge!! And yes, I knowingly put two exclamation points for a reason.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    This book is a really good book. I give it 3.5 stars; four just seems too high. This is a thick book full of accurate recipes. Anyone who is into cooking knows it is a pain when measurements given do not result into a good final product. All of the recipes I have tried so far are excellent. The biscotti recipes are really great especially when dipped in chocolate ;). One of my biggest complaints for this book is the set up of the recipes and pictures. For such a large cookbook there are very few This book is a really good book. I give it 3.5 stars; four just seems too high. This is a thick book full of accurate recipes. Anyone who is into cooking knows it is a pain when measurements given do not result into a good final product. All of the recipes I have tried so far are excellent. The biscotti recipes are really great especially when dipped in chocolate ;). One of my biggest complaints for this book is the set up of the recipes and pictures. For such a large cookbook there are very few pictures of the final product. I mean VERY few. The pictures are also exhiled to only certain parts of the book, and are not next to their particular recipe. FAIL Sir Arthur. I am currently working on a cookbook (I also take the photos). It is time consuming but I know that the finished product will be of the highest quality. As a cookbook consumer I want a picture for every recipe. Overall the recipes that I have tried are excellent. The photo problem is a problem for me. It felt like this book had no soul to it. Do I recommend this book even with its faults? Yup

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marie Z Johansen

    In reality there is "finish date" for this book since I use it weekly..... This book is one of my number one resources for all things baking. I had been a King Arthur customer in the past and already owned their Cookie Cookbook (another 5 star + book imho) and had, in the past, printed many of their "Bakers Companion" recipes. I find that King Arthur is a generous company. There is a wealth of information, recipes, reviews, hunts, tips and tricks and recipe comments in their amazing website. In fa In reality there is "finish date" for this book since I use it weekly..... This book is one of my number one resources for all things baking. I had been a King Arthur customer in the past and already owned their Cookie Cookbook (another 5 star + book imho) and had, in the past, printed many of their "Bakers Companion" recipes. I find that King Arthur is a generous company. There is a wealth of information, recipes, reviews, hunts, tips and tricks and recipe comments in their amazing website. In fact many of the recipes in this book are available on their site. I realized that I wanted to own this book for the treasure trove of information and nearly fail proof recipes that it contains. Any recipe that I have tried using the book has turned out well and I credit using this book to be what led to, at long last, baking successful round artisan loaves (complete with crunchy crust) in my home oven. There are a few baking me bread related books that are stand-outs to me and this is one of them. I ❤️this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Nichols

    This is the best!! My newest passion as a beginner is to acquire baker's skills specifically with yeasted bread. To date I've made three separate such recipes and they all have been successful. This week I made a yeasted cheese bread that was incredible. I plan to explore more of the KA baking recipes. I also now only order my baking supplies through KA. Highest quality. This is the best!! My newest passion as a beginner is to acquire baker's skills specifically with yeasted bread. To date I've made three separate such recipes and they all have been successful. This week I made a yeasted cheese bread that was incredible. I plan to explore more of the KA baking recipes. I also now only order my baking supplies through KA. Highest quality.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    A little complex for the beginner baker. But some really great recipes too. Worth a look.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiffiny

    What a treasure trove! Growing up, I used Gold Medal flour and I continued to use that until just a few years ago. It's a great flour. But, switching to King Arthur has been a great decision. They have a lovely website, a fun instagram, and awesome recipes. Over the years, I have saved many King Arthur recipes to my Pinterest. I was happy to see many of them in this cookbook. Often King Arthur recipes call for some special King Arthur ingredient, and I was pleased that the recipes in this book do What a treasure trove! Growing up, I used Gold Medal flour and I continued to use that until just a few years ago. It's a great flour. But, switching to King Arthur has been a great decision. They have a lovely website, a fun instagram, and awesome recipes. Over the years, I have saved many King Arthur recipes to my Pinterest. I was happy to see many of them in this cookbook. Often King Arthur recipes call for some special King Arthur ingredient, and I was pleased that the recipes in this book do not. Another book that is great for all levels, especially since they have bits on measuring, weights, high altitude, tools, and a huge section on ingredients. This also contains the 2020 recipe of the year! Crispy Cheesy Pan Pizza! Which is quite delicious.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mackay

    Not merely recipes - but how-to, why, tips, equivalents, substitutions ... all approachable and clear. I rediscovered my love for baking a couple of years ago, and the King Arthur Flour website and blog (and products - I use no other wheat flours) have helped me tremendously, so I bought this book and (sorry) devoured its information and ideas. Now, let's bake! Not merely recipes - but how-to, why, tips, equivalents, substitutions ... all approachable and clear. I rediscovered my love for baking a couple of years ago, and the King Arthur Flour website and blog (and products - I use no other wheat flours) have helped me tremendously, so I bought this book and (sorry) devoured its information and ideas. Now, let's bake!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    This cookbook is a like a bible for bakers, the way Joy of Cooking is for cooking. SO many recipes that you will have a hard time choosing which one to bake. Most of the recipes have eggs but there are plenty that do not use eggs too. Must have for bakers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica W

    We have yet to find a recipe we don't like from this one. Admittedly, I'm not the baker, my husband is, but he says this is THE book to have when he's baking. And we use it for pretty much everything now, from birthday cakes to breakfasts. So worth it! We have yet to find a recipe we don't like from this one. Admittedly, I'm not the baker, my husband is, but he says this is THE book to have when he's baking. And we use it for pretty much everything now, from birthday cakes to breakfasts. So worth it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Anthony

    I have enjoyed this cookbook so much. It has some of the best recipes I have tried when baking. My daughter even wants my 1st copy of this cookbook. The Apple Pie recipe is the best I ever made.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Love this book! Such a great reference text. The sourdough section is a great starter guide (so to speak) and I love the easy biscuit recipe. Everything I’ve made out of this book has been tasty, and it’s super informative.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Comprehensive, with a strong emphasis on folksy New England baking. The brief history of wheat cultivation and migration at the end is worth the price of admission.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Klyon

    Great basic and more complicated recipes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Excellent reference for all things baking.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    Won this cookbook as third place in the KAF baking contest at the NC State Fair, 2017. I love it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beka

    Definitely a definitive baking cookbook. Obviously, I'd love more pictures, but I'm very positive that every single recipe works like a charm. Definitely a definitive baking cookbook. Obviously, I'd love more pictures, but I'm very positive that every single recipe works like a charm.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Great info and and great recipes.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    King Arthur Exactly what I would expect from King Arthur a great baking book with so many recipes I want to try. I'll be purchasing this one to add to my cookbook collection. King Arthur Exactly what I would expect from King Arthur a great baking book with so many recipes I want to try. I'll be purchasing this one to add to my cookbook collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bonita Readers Advisory

    Excellent all purpose baking book, good for beginners as well as advanced bakers. - Bread, cakes, cookies, pastries.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Just a really great all around baking book. And I love King Arthur flour.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Not a fan of chewy chocolate chip cookies...everything else so far has been great.

  30. 4 out of 5

    bladenomics

    Has all the essentials in one place. Pretty much all you need.

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