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There are some awesome recipes in this book. Some of them require ingredients that may not be readily available to everybody. There's also an awful lot of filler, essays about mission statements, Zingerman's history, customer input... Stuff that's not all that interesting except, perhaps, if you are lucky enough to actually be a store patron, and are a fanatic about their products and services. I wouldn't have purchased the book had I realized it wasn't strictly a compendium of recipes.
Has a lot about the history of the enterprise and its politics, which are predictably college town, and how the founders run their business e.g. number of shifts, number of hours and employees per shift - useful if you happen to want to create a similar enterprise but not exactly helpful if you just want to bake.
I’ve tried the sourdough recipe several times and it just doesn’t work. If you’re looking to learn the basics of baking, try a different book. This has some great recipes, some bad ones, and a whole lot of useless filler about the restaurant that doesn’t help with baking at all
Really nice book with great recipes. Would have given it 5 stars but the mistake made with this book is that the font/print is far too small, even with glasses I have a hard time reading it. Now looking for a full page magnifying sheet to use in this book. Zingerman's Bakehouse
Almost $10 for a kindle copy and it doesn't contain the one recipe I wanted - their very famous Cinnamon Rolls. What's here is good, and I enjoyed the stories but I feel a little ripped off that one of their most famous creations isn't listed.