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Book Review: The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook


The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook
Artisanal Baking from around the World
By Jessamyn Waldman Rodrigues and the Bakers of Hot Bread Kitchen

Authentic multiethnic breads from the New York City bakery with a mission.. At first glance Hot Bread Kitchen may look like many other bakeries. Multigrain sandwich loaves, rustic batards, baguettes, and Parker House rolls line the glass case up front in the small shop. But so, too, do sweet Mexican conchas, rich m’amen flatbreads, mini bialys sporting a filling of caramelized onions and chewy Indian naan. In fact, the breads are as diverse as the women who bake them – because the recipes come from their homelands. Hot Bread Kitchen is a bakery that employs and empowers immigrant women, providing them with the skills to succeed in the culinary industry. The tasty corollary of this social enterprise is a line of authentic breads you won’t find anywhere else. Featured in some of New Your City’s best restaurants and carried in dozens of retail outlets across the country, these ethnic gems can now be made at home.

Jessamyn Waldman Rodgrigues is the founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen. Since launching the company out of her home kitchen in 2007, she has received numerous awards and been featured in Food & Wine magazine and the New York Times. She has an MPA from Columbia University and worked in immigration advocacy for ten years before learning to bake and becoming the first female bread baker at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant. Rodriguez lives in New York City. 

Julia Turshen is a food writer and coauthor of numerous cookbooks, including Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, The Fat Radsh Kitchen Diaries, Buvette, and It’s All Good. She divides her time between Brooklyn and upstate New York. 

As you might already know from my Bread Revolution review I love making my own bread. So of course I was interested in reading The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook. The tips at the beginning of the book are very helpful and I love the introduction to each bread recipe. These breads are from around the world as are the added recipes to go with the different breads in The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook. I do wish however this book skipped the stories about the bakers and their business (many of these have a political connotation),  because as much as I love this book I’d have a little trouble giving it as a gift, without knowing what that persons views are. If you like Tamales or A Good Food Day you’ll want to check this out.  


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