Five Minute Bread: British version of our 1st book on sale today in the U.K.; one of the top 50 ways to feel good this year…

Twenty-seven years ago, I rode a bicycle through southern England, and it was a delight.  If I was on the road in the late afternoon, someone would materialize and invite me in for tea (I fear that I might have looked lost).  It was an unforgettable first time in Europe.

I hope I was well-behaved, and that anyone who invited me in for tea will remember and give our little book a try.  Five Minute Bread has been released in London by Random House/Ebury and is available at Amazon UK, and at booksellers all over England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.  Britain’s largest daily newspaper, the Telegraph, says we’re number 20 on its top-50 list of ways to feel good this year. If you’re new to our method, this book is based on our best-selling U.S. bread cookbook, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.   Our bread cookbooks are different because we make a large batch and store it in the refrigerator, where it’s ready when you are for quick daily baking (click here for more on our method and a sample recipe– 2 pounds equals 910 grams, by the way).

American readers should note that this book isn’t available for sale in the U.S., because U.S. rights to our book belong to Macmillan/Th Dunne Bks (the books aren’t allowed to compete with each other).  So, what’s new in our British edition? Well, our Americanisms are pulled out, so now corn=maize, and cornmeal is polenta.   And if an ingredient wasn’t likely to be found in the UK, that recipe went away.  But most important is the units– we used weights, not U.S. volumes. European home bakers bake by weight, not volume, so the flour, cheese, and vegetable measurements in Five Minute Bread are given in grams and pounds, not cups.  Water is given in milliliters and pints.  The one thing that won’t change is that we’ll continue to support our readers anywhere in the world, right here (fiveminutebread.com re-directs to this website).

Many thanks to our friends at Ebury in London for “translating” our work.  Cheers!

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101 thoughts on “Five Minute Bread: British version of our 1st book on sale today in the U.K.; one of the top 50 ways to feel good this year…

  1. Dear Jeff or Zoe

    I have your book and love it already before even starting to bake.

    I am in the UK and we work in metric – does the basic recipe 6 3 3 13 have a metric conversion?

    Thanks

    Gaynor

    • Hi Gaynor,

      So glad you will be baking from the book. If you are working from the British edition, you can just double the metric measurements for the master recipe:

      1500ml water
      3 tablespoons yeast (can be decreased to 2)
      3 tablespoons salt (can be decreased to 2)
      1,800g plain flour

      Thanks, Zoë

  2. Hi Jeff/ Zoe,
    I’m from Europe and have the US version but wish I bought the UK version. Do you have a good weight conversion I can use for your book? Everywhere I look I find different conversions and most important I want it to be able to work with your recipes.. :( Sharon

  3. Will you be selling Five Minute Bread in Australia?
    We are like the UK in respect to ingredients and their names, and although we use cups and weights (personally I love my digital scales!), we don’t use imperial measurements (inches, quarts, ounces).

    • Random House UK (Ebury division) isn’t doing a lot of aggressive distribution of the book, so I’m not surprised you’re having trouble finding it in Australia. Have you tried to see if your bookstore will order it? Otherwise the only option will be online, and that might mean high shipping charges.

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