Create & Bake Artful Masterpieces for Any Occasion
by Theresa Culletto
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 28 Sep 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point, Rock Point
Let professional baker and bread artist Theresa Culletto show you how to take your bread baking to the next level by turning rustic focaccia breads into artful masterpieces. In Beautiful Bread, you will not only master how to make four types of focaccia—white, whole wheat, dark multigrain, and sweet—you will also learn techniques for decorating them with vegetables, fruits, herbs, seeds, and more through over thirty stunning bread art projects inspired by flowers, famous artists, nature, and holidays, including:
- Spring Tulips
- Cherry Blossoms
- Monet's Lily Pond
- Under the Sea
- Solar System
- Saint Patrick's Day Lucky Clover
- Easter Basket
- Christmas Tree
- And more!
For beginners, Theresa offers a comprehensive overview of bread baking 101, including essential ingredients, tools, and terminology. For seasoned bakers, she provides a plethora of inventive tips and techniques. Complete with step-by-step instructions, a vibrant photo accompanying each project, and recipes for savory and sweet toppings and fillings, Beautiful Bread will soon have you creating edible art that’s almost too beautiful to eat . . . almost.
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Average rating from 65 members
I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook.
Wow what a beautiful book! I have been seeing these breads on Pinterest and I just think wow how beautiful!
When I saw this book come up I was so excited to get gifted it. We are given the basic focaccia recipe and then the real magic/art begins. I have never made focaccia bread before so I can't wait to give this a go.
The photos are beautiful and I love how the author even created artwork bread from famous paintings ha! Highly recommend for all bakers out there.
Rating: 5 stars
This book is absolutely beautiful. I would buy it in store because of the easy and good recipes.
I'm definitely making a recipe from this book soon!
Thank you to Netgalley, Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point and Theresa Culleto for providing me with this copy. All opinions are my own.
What a stunning book! I have recently gotten into baking and this book is so inspiring. The photos in the book are gorgeous and original. I've never seen bread decorating quite like this before. I particularly enjoyed the "Artist Inspired" section of the book.... I mean Van Gogh bread?! Count me in! Love this book!
Do I think I will be able to make all these beautiful recipes? No, Will I try? Yes. Will I probably fail? Definitely, but I don't care. This book really makes think I can be an artisanal baker who gifts beautiful breads to friends and family.
I bake bread frequently. The basic breads in this book are simple for even beginners to make. But the decorations are not that difficult, and are wonderful! The "decorations" are well described, and the instructions are well written. Do you want to wow your family or guests with a beautiful floral bread? How about a flat bread decorated like an Easter egg? Or a bread that resembles a well know piece of artwork like Claude Monet's Lily Pond? All of the breads are completely edible. I want to bake some of these, just because they are so beautiful - and impressive.
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
I am so excited about this book! Beautiful Bread is one of my favorite pastimes that I picked up during the pandemic, so I can’t wait to reference this book during my next baking day. I know that people who picked up this hobby recently are going to latch on to this book. I definitely recommend
What a gorgeous book. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. More importantly they work! I tend to knead using a kitchen aid mixer and so far I have made 4 different types of bread and each has been delicious
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of “ Beautiful Bread: Create & Bake Artful Masterpieces for Any Occasion” by Theresa Culletto. All opinions are my own.
This cookbook showcases dozens of recipes for delicious and unique bread with beautiful artwork on top. The photography in this book was great and I cannot wait to see a physical copy of this book when it comes out.
The bread looked delicious and I can’t wait to make it myself. The tips provided were very helpful.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher, for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.
What a fun book with beautiful illustrations of decorated focaccia, both sweet and savory. The recipes are colorful and they look delicious. What a great addition to a special meal this loaf of bread would make.
The author begins her book with a discussion of bread making tools and ingredients. Then, she includes several basic focaccia bread recipes.
She discusses the types of fruit and vegetables to be used in the ‘pictures’ on the breads.
This fun way of baking and decorating bread would be a creative outlet for the home baker. This book would be a perfect addition to the library of any bread baker.
I can’t wait to try some of these recipes with fresh vegetables from my farmer’s market.
A lovely book on styling bread with beautiful vegetables and decorations. The base bread is focaccia and then the beautiful arrangements are on top to creat lovely scenes, all edible. This would be a nice gift to a bread baker.
Oh my goodness me, this is the most STUNNINGLY beautiful recipe book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The bread in this book are works of art - each one literally took my breath away! And yet they’re all easily to achieve at home, with the accompanying instructions. And not only do they look amazing, they sound delicious too! The book has very clear, simple and easy follow instructions to help guide you through each recipe. I really like that there’s a photo to accompany every loaf in the book, as it helps you know what you’re aiming for. Would recommend in a heartbeat.
Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Rock Point and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.
The concise format of the ingredient lists and recipe directions greatly appealed to me. While some recipes were accompanied by beautiful pictures, others lacked illustrations, especially in the Additional Recipes section. Nonetheless, I am thrilled to include this cookbook in my collection.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this Arc. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
Absolutely stunning and hugely impressive baking made accessible for all levels of skills. It looks intimidating but the instructions are clear and guidance supportive.
If you've ever seen beautifully decorated bread on social media, you've probably thought that looks difficult to achieve. Theresa Culletto makes bread decorating achievable. Follow her simple focaccia recipes and assemble some vegetables and you'll soon create something worth sharing and eating.
I have always dreamed of making beautiful, Pinterest worth bread at home, but it has always seemed incredibly overwhelming. The explanations and definitions in the beginning of the book immediately made me feel like I could tackle my bread baking dreams.
The bread seems very straightforward and the recipes for the bread itself are very clear. Turning bred into beautiful artwork is something I will definitely need to practice before it looks as good as the photos in the book, but the way this book explains it, I do truly feel that I can get there.
The extra recipes at the end were a really nice bonus and I can see myself making those as well.
Presents exactly what the title says: beautiful bread! Variously decorated focaccia, although I was presently surprised to see sweet variations alongside more conventional focaccia recipes. Also appreciated that measurements were included in both cups and grams, and temperatures in F and C (Why can't all recipe books do this?). Beautifully photographed throughout - my favourite was the first section with flower-themed loaves, but the book also covers bread inspired by works of art, nature, and holiday-themed decorating. A great resource for any keen baker.
This is a beautifully photographed book on how to incorporate flowers in making focaccia. Wonderful recipes including basic focaccia recipes. Good book.
I’ve always loved Artistic Focaccia bread, but never really knew where to start with it. So when I saw this book on Net Galley for review I snapped it up! I really enjoyed reading this book and I love that they included a whole wheat and a multigrain bread option.
I also liked the way the artistic scenes were categorized, and in particular, will attempt the flower and nature scenes.
This was a great, but specific cookbook, that I recommend for people who have wanted to attempt this style of bread (I am even in an online form that posts pictures of bread like this). I don’t know that I would recommend it to general bakers, but if artistic focaccia intrigues you, I recommend it.
Don't we all love bread? Especially after the pandemic it took us back to our roots of why the art of making bread is special to us so this book feels especially timely and wow does it deliver and more!
There are so many favorites in this one the Tree of Life, the Easter Basket, Claude Monet's Lily Pond, and my ultimate favorite Wrapped Bouquet! But let's start with why this is such a treasure of a cookbook. Of course, this is artisan bread art at its finest with food as the medium but what makes me love this book so much is there isn't one thing Theresa Culletto left out of this book to not be successful at making your own "artful masterpieces."
She lists the tools needed, a great introduction, essential ingredients, baking tips, details on how to do latticework, braiding, and stenciling and then there are the recipes!
The recipes are divided up in the contests as follows Foccacia dough recipes, flowers, artist inspired, nature inspired, holiday and special occasions, and then additional recipes such as fillings and the oh-so-delicious Sweet Lemon Cream!
Of course, everything is stunning but it is as delicious as it looks from the two recipes I followed which were the Wrapped Bouquet and Sweet Lemon Cream! It's a dream of a cookbook for artisan bread and it's so well done that this should become a classic. I'm off to try my hand at the Cinnamon Star and try to make this a signature guest welcome for all our future guests. Theresa Culletto is inspiring and she has worked so hard to create this gem and all those farmer's markets she has immense lifetime experience with the recipes she has created.
Quarto Publishing keeps publishing and putting out these great books and has the eye for finding this immense talent and Theresa Culletto is definitely one of them!
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher Quarto Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review Beautiful Bread by Theresa Culletto.
Like half the world, I got really into making bread when the world shut down a few years ago. Now I am three years deep in my hobby and still going strong. I am always looking for new fun recipes to keep things exciting and this book really touched on everything I look out for.
First of all, as someone who loves to see finished product pictures so that I know exactly what I have seemed to do WRONG with mine...ha... and the pictures in this book are absolutely beautiful.
The instructions seem easy to follow and the recipes give lots of details and direction to make sure everything comes out correctly. Seems to be a great guide for all skill levels.
Definitely going to be trying out the Thanksgiving Cornucopia in a few months for our family and friends to (hopefully) fall in love with as well. And that Cinnamon Star looks to die for!!
The bread in this book was beautiful and has inspired me to dive into the art work that truly is bread making. Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
Beautiful Bread is exactly they. I have never felt so inspired to create loaves that are a thing of beauty. The ideas and creativity is hands down the best I’ve seen and the bread is definitely a show stopper almost too pretty to eat. Also it’s a wonderful idea for serving to guests who will marvel at the simplicity and beauty the bread adds to the table. I definitely highly recommend it!
All things bread, this book is a wonderfully illustrated book with a lot of fun recipes for bread that make me excited to eat and try them for myself.
The gorgeous images in this book inspire the imagination. The recipes are easy to follow and the results are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
I'd recommend this book to those who lobe baking bread and crafts in general, and the recipes serves a dual purpose. Bake delicious breads and focaccias and decorate them with fresh veggies. It's a craft you can eat!
This is a beautiful book with beautiful pictures. The recipes are fairly simple to do too for a beginner.
I loved having a large gorgeous picture of each bread! It helps me work towards the example I want The author gives you information on what you will need, notes about vegetables, herbs, etc., and introduces the reader to artisan breads. The steps are easy to follow and several looked easy enough for me, a newbie, to try. I would recommend it this to any one who wants to get into bread art.
What a beautiful, encompassing cookbook! Sweet and savory recipes accompany brilliant photos of designs for every holiday or gathering. Truly impressive and a treat to read.
This book has the most stunning bread ever. It is an inspiration in itself. It gives clear instructions on how to create stunnung looking focaccia at home.
"Beautiful Bread" by Theresa Culletto is an absolute masterpiece in the world of bread baking, earning a well-deserved five-star rating. This book is a treasure trove of knowledge and creativity that caters to both beginners like me as well as expert bread bakers, offering a delightful journey into the art of turning rustic focaccia bread into edible masterpieces.
Culletto, a professional baker and bread artist, shares her expertise with generosity and passion. The book not only guided me in making four types of focaccia — white, whole wheat, dark multigrain, and sweet—but also elevated bread baking to an art form by teaching techniques for decorating these breads with an array of ingredients, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, seeds, and more.
What I feel sets "Beautiful Bread" apart from other bread books are the over thirty stunning bread art projects inspired by a wide range of themes, from flowers and famous artists to nature and holidays. The projects, which include Spring Tulips, Monet's Lily Pond, Solar System, and Christmas Tree, are not only visually appealing but also deeply inspiring. Each one is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and vibrant photos that make the creative process accessible and enjoyable. The inclusion of recipes for both savory and sweet toppings and fillings adds versatility to the creations, allowing readers to experiment and personalize their edible artworks.
For beginners, the book offers a comprehensive overview of bread baking 101, covering essential ingredients, tools, and terminology. However, for seasoned bakers, Theresa provides a wealth of inventive tips and techniques that elevate bread making to an art form.
In summary, "Beautiful Bread" is a five-star gem that empowers bakers to transform bread into edible art. Theresa Culletto's expertise, creativity, and passion shine through in every page of this book. It's a must-have for anyone who wants to elevate their bread baking skills and create stunning, delicious masterpieces that are almost too beautiful to eat.