Nine months after Rachel Wyman opened Montclair Bread Company in 2012, business was stale. She had spent years rising before dawn to perfect the combination of flour, water, yeast and salt, and she had the bread to prove it. But on a good day, only thirty people trickled through her door until one Sunday morning when one of her bakers asked her to make doughnuts. This was risky because her customers often begged for healthy foods. The doughnuts sold out in minutes, the number of customers continued to grow along with the line for doughnuts that stretched to the end of the block. Her business flourished until the global pandemic in 2020. Rachel had no choice but to adapt to keep her business going and even started a virtual bake-a-long to help support and communicate with the community during the lock downs.
This book shares the tried-and-true recipes Rachel spent three decades perfecting that are now the backbone of her bakery. The recipes are organized by Childhood Favorites, Breads, Doughnuts, Community Favorites, Recipes from Quarantine. Some of these include:Mombo's Carrot Cake and Cowboy CookiesSour Dough Bread and StollenClassic Brioche Doughnuts with Variations, Toppings, and GlazesPizza and Energy BarsCheese Crackers and BagelsRachel brings joy to baking, makes yeast less scary, and helps home bakers make the perfect dough under any conditions. This is a story of how the love of baking brought a community together and held it together during a global pandemic.
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Date reviewed/posted: July 11, 2021 Publication date: September 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. This cookbook spotlights the recipes, traditions, and tales of a popular New Jersey bakery that started as a tiny, hole in the wall but became a pillar of resilience for the community during the global pandemic. Montclair Bread Company not only offers bountiful baked treats to throngs of fans, and is a mecca for runners who line up each year to race for doughnuts, it is the epitome of adapting to survive a crisis. Nine months after Rachel Wyman opened Montclair Bread Company in 2012, business was stale. She had spent years rising before dawn to perfect the combination of flour, water, yeast and salt, and she had the bread to prove it. But on a good day, only thirty people trickled through her door until one Sunday morning when one of her bakers asked her to make doughnuts. This was risky because her customers often begged for healthy foods. The doughnuts sold out in minutes, the number of customers continued to grow along with the line for doughnuts that stretched to the end of the block. Her business flourished until the global pandemic in 2020. Rachel had no choice but to adapt to keep her business going and even started a virtual bake-a-long to help support and communicate with the community during the lockdowns. This book shares the tried-and-true recipes Rachel spent three decades perfecting that are now the backbone of her bakery. The recipes are organized by Childhood Favorites, Breads, Doughnuts, Community Favorites, Recipes from Quarantine. Some of these include: ***Mombo's Carrot Cake and Cowboy Cookies ***Sour Dough Bread and Stollen ***Classic Brioche Doughnuts with Variations, Toppings, and Glazes ***Pizza and Energy Bars ***Cheese Crackers and Bagels Rachel brings joy to baking, makes yeast less scary, and helps home bakers make the perfect dough under any conditions. This is a story of how the love of baking brought a community together and held it together during a global pandemic. I love donuts - I even remember the day when Tim Hortons was a donut shop !!!! This is not just a cookbook, it is the story of resiliency and surviving. In fact, it was such a yummy book that when we go to Cape May, NJ. next spring, we will stop in Montclair and check it out! The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍩🍩🍩🍩
I really enjoyed the recipes in this book! I can't wait for the actual book to come out so I can see it bigger and in person. Thanks NetGalley for this ARC
The cover caught my attention, the recipes kept it. This was very user friendly and the stories were as inspiring as the pictures. As a runner and a doughnut eater, this book felt personal.
I have to say up front that I used to live in Montclair, but moved before Montclair Bread Company was established. So, the title of the book was what really attracted me initially since I’ve read about the bakery and have tried to get into one of their baking classes (which really do sell out quickly)! I’m also a cookbook fan and am especially interested in local cookbooks. Will Run for Doughnuts is a lovely book that strikes the right balance of memoir and recipes. Rachel’s life challenges have been significant and she’s very open about them in the book….while still showing how she met these challenges head on and worked through them. I’m not a doughnut person, but there are still a fair number of both sweet and savory recipes that I’m looking forward to trying. Her writing style is relaxed and welcoming (no lecturing) and I loved the practical tips she included. Among other things, I learned that I definitely wasn’t creaming butter and sugar long enough when baking! Thanks to Netgalley and Andrew McMeels Publishing for the advance look at Will Run for Doughnuts in exchange for an honest review.
I received a free eARC from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely love leafing through cookbooks, and this one was an absolute delight. While it's mostly cookbook, it's also part memoir, telling the story of the Montclair Bread Company. It started out as a small hole-in-the wall, and grew to become a beloved part of the community, and a beacon of hope during the Covid pandemic. Finding this book on NetGalley felt particularly serendipitous because my mom just bought trays and cutters to make doughnuts, and we have zero recipes to make them. The book is divided into Childhood Favourites, Breads, Doughnuts, Community Favourites and Recipes from Quarantine. Each recipes starts with a paragraph or so of background or an anecdote, and I thought these were lovely. The recipes themselves are absolutely scrumptious, and the photography is beautiful. Many of the basic recipes are used as building blocks for more complex recipes. A lot of recipes also contain a few variations to try, which is great for experimentation, or if you prefer difficult flavour combinations. The instructions were easy to understand and follow. My only quibble was that I would prefer the measurements to be a little more precise (for example, a weight, rather than a cup.) I also work in metric, but there is a conversion table at the end of the book, (which would have saved me a bit of time converting... oops.) On the whole, there are dozens and dozens of delicious recipes that I look forward to trying. I can't wait for the book to publish so I can buy copies for my family, and especially myself.
Will Run For Doughnuts: The Montclair Bread Company Cookbook strikes the right balance with the personal stories, the recipes, and the all-important information on the science behind baking. I am a cookbook junkie: I admittedly read them like books, absorbing the information within the pages and using the recipes as creative starting points. I love cookbooks to have the essentials: hints, tips, and great recipes, but also the human connection that comes with baking. I equate baking with family and I find that the best cookbooks draw readers in with personal details. Will Run For Doughnuts delivers a strong message that has little to do with baking and a lot to do with life: hard work, determination, skill, and a little luck can help you to achieve your goals. The photographs of the finished baked goods are inspirational, along with the author's personal story. I usually detail the different chapters of the cookbook, along with my favorite recipes, but every dish in Will Run For Doughnuts is worth making. The helpful hints and tips (like the smell of sourdough starter or the reason for cutting slits into the top of baguettes) are delivered in a way that I know I will remember when needed. I am confident in my own baking skills, as I learned at the knee of my mother, but this cookbook has given me some new information as well. I hope to be able to visit the Montclair Bread Company some day, but I look forward to making all of these delicious treats and meals in the meantime. Disclaimer: I was given an Advanced Reader's Copy of Will Run For Doughnuts: The Montclair Bread Company Cookbook by NetGalley and the publisher. The decision to review this cookbook was entirely my own.
When I was a kid growing up, my grandmother used to make our entire family donuts for Christmas so I when I spotted this book I was super excited to take a peek. This cookbook really spotlights the recipes of the Montclair Bread Company and Rachel Wyman and while I didn't know much about them before I felt really at home reading this cookbook and was happy for the author's insights. I feel like this isn't just a cookbook as much as it's a story of surviving during the time of Covid-19 and you really get that feel from this book. As a reader, you really feel the joy and love that comes with baking and as a person that loves to bake and also associates baking with happy memories this book was really heart-warming for me.
An excellent cookbook/memoir by the owner of the Montclair Baking Co. in New Jersey. And yes, they do have a running club that ends every run with doughnuts. You'll find delicious recipes for doughnuts, breakfast food, bread, and other goodies. Each chapter opens with a memoir and Wyman's memories are often a part of the introduction to the recipes.
I enjoyed reading about the Montclair Bread Company and flipping through the recipes. There's a lot more than just donuts recipes. There are breads, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and lots of different types of donuts. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
There aren’t many things I’d run for, but I have to say, doughnuts would be right up there. So, WILL RUN FOR DOUGHNUTS: The Montclair Bread Company Cookbook by Rachel Wyman, is a book I simply had to have. The introduction was an interesting read as well as inspiring. You’ll learn how doughnuts tie in with running. Not only do readers learn more about the author, but Ms. Wyman also gives insights into all the must needs and tools of the trade. It wouldn’t be a cookbook without recipes, so, check out some of these tasty treats . . . Mombo’s Bread Pudding, Chocolate Mayonnaise, Peach Blueberry Buckle, Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Pop Tarts, Currant Seeded Bread, Ciabatta, Apple Cider Doughnuts, Maple Bacon Doughnuts (oh yeah), Hot Chocolate Doughnuts, Yum Buns, Vanilla Glaze, Cream Cheese Frosting, and before you think your sweet tooth is going to fall out of your mouth, there are recipes for . . . Pizza, Grain Salads, Cheese Crackers, and so much more. Though you won’t see me out running anytime soon (unless I’m being chased), I will be trying out some of the amazing recipes I read about. I very much enjoyed, WILL RUN FOR DOUGHNUTS. Well balanced between story, beautiful photos, and enticing food, you’re going to enjoy this book as much as I did.
Will Run For Doughnuts is such a special book - it is a beautiful story about the power of community and how finding your place in the world can sometimes surprise you but is the ultimately what we all seek. I loved the personal passages shared by Rachel Wyman, someone who I was unfamiliar with prior to this book. Walking away from this book her story stuck with me almost more than the recipes themselves. The book is broken up into the following sections: Childhood Favorites - nostalgic treats form childhood mostly influenced by the author's grandparents Bread - sourdough to pretzels and everything in between! Doughnuts - the reason we are all here! The book includes brioche dough + cake doughnuts. Community Favorites - beyond just dessert! Recipes from Quarantine - how the bakery pivoted and how they added value to the greater community in the last 2 years I really enjoyed this book! I found the recipes to be very "down home" and accessible for any home cook. This is definitely not the glossy magazine editor cookbook, but that is why readers will love it.
No more spending a bunch of money at donut shops when I cannnow make my own bakery quality right at home! Love these recipes and I cannot wait to try more! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Even if you’re not a baker, the steps are easy enough for anyone!
Much more than just a cookbook. The author tells her story of overcoming some pretty huge obstacles. It’s so encouraging and heartwarming to know she never gave up (when most would have). Now onto the recipe parts: The author has written in such a way super intimidating recipes seem easy (I can make my own brioche?) and approachable. She also gives variations on how to switch things up. I’ve always been scared to try my hand at a sourdough starter and now I’m actually excited to try. She describes how recipes should look, smell and feel so it’s not a guessing game if you’re doing it right. And it’s not just pastries and sweet recipes. She also has savory recipes in this book too.
This is such a complete book with wonderful recipes! Everything about this book is on point -- so well organised. The book is divided in several chapters -- childhood favourites, bread, doughnuts, community favourites and recipes from quarantine. There are so many recipes you can try out, followed by photographs, in which the cakes/doughnuts/bread etc look extremely delicious. They even wrote at the end of the book a "metric conversions and equivalents" section. I honestly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys baking and I myself will be trying out some of these recipes.
An inspiring and tasty read filled with delicious recipes and hopeful messages. I was impressed by the owner's story and her perseverance. Reading this book made me want some some sweet treats and some savory ones!
This cookbook is unique in that it is also part memoir and includes a section on recipes to try during quarantine. And it is not all doughnuts, there are also yummy recipes for granola, bread, pizza, energy bars and tortillas. I never thought I would make homemade doughnuts but after reading the recipes in this book I feel confident that I can do it! Thank you to Netgalley, Andrew’s McMeel Publishing, and Rachel Wyman for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.