am 9. März 2000
... I certainly couldn't! After getting the first "Magic" title, I quickly added the other two. I've never even glanced at another bread machine book since - to do so would seem almost disloyal.
Oh, the three books are not perfect - in the recipes, the fractions are often hard to read, and the "Hints" book rather annoyingly repeats several recipes from the first book, but those are the ONLY gripes I can come up with.
Having had my bread machine for only 100 days, you might think me unqualified to write a review. Not so! In those 100 days, I have made at least 100 loaves or batches of dough. I bake so many loaves and pies that I have to give them away, to surprised and very grateful recipients.
I bought this book after my very first loaf was a disaster. It then took ninety-plus batches to get to my second disaster, when I didn't take time for the all-important "dough check." Actually, the "dough check" text didn't find its way into every recipe until "More Bread Machine Magic" -- a good enough reason to buy that book first. Other reasons for buying "More" first are that it includes recipes for 2 lb machines, and also has the best and prettiest recipe of all: "Jim's Torta Rustica." Bake it with a pie bird peeking out of the middle, and the top brushed with a little egg yolk/heavy cream wash. Be prepared for gasps when you take it out of the oven, followed shortly by demands for second helpings.
If you like the filled bread recipes, and wish there were more, I would recommend Donna German's "Edible Pockets for Every Meal," but be warned: having the "Bread Magic" and "Edible Pockets" books together in your kitchen can be addictive, and can cause a near-permanent change to your eating habits.
am 19. März 2000
This is absolutely the best book on baking with bread machines--bar none! I've had a bread machine for years--I love the homebaked flavor and texture and aroma, but not the time it takes to do it all by hand--and have purchased many books with recipes for bread machines. None of them could even begin to live up to this one. Besides the basics, there are recipes for filled breads, sweet breads and pastries--like the scrumptious recipe for cinnamon rolls. I live in Europe but found that this book works well here--all I needed was a set of American measuring cups and spoons and the recipes were perfectly adaptable. I used to make all of my bread "by hand" and welcomed the advent of the bread machine. Now things have improved by leaps and bounds with the arrival of this book. I really can't praise it highly enough. I'd give it ten stars if I could!
am 23. Juli 1997
Shortly after receiving a bread machine as a gift, I was invited to a friends for dinner. She made homemade pizza that was out of this world. I asked her for the recipe and she gave me the bookto look through. I started writing down several recipes I wanted to save and realized there were too many to copy! They all sounded so wonderful. I went to the nearest bookstore and purchased my own copy of this cookbook. I have a couple of other bread machine cookbooks, and have scanned through almost all of them on the market--none compares with this. I never use my other bread machine cookbooks, but time and time again use this book. If you were to buy only one bread machine cookbook--this would be the one to buy
am 6. August 1997
I bought myself a bread machine last spring and on an impulse picked up this book at the store when I bought my flour. The first bread I baked was from the booklet that came with the bread machine. It was like a brick. Next I tried a recipe from this book. Fabulous! Every recipe I've tried in this book has come out wonderful. NO failures.
If you have a bread machine, this is the recipe book you need.
am 4. Juli 2000
I've had this book, as well as More Bread Machine Magic, for several months now and have tried about a dozen of the recipes in both books. Not one has been a disappointment yet. Every bread I've made has been wonderful! The authors must have spent a lot of time perfecting the recipes. The variety of recipes is terrific. I'm sure popular at gatherings now when I bring bread!
am 17. Februar 1999
A newbie Bread Machine baker myself, this cookbook, plus their "More Bread Machine Magic" came as gifts with my Christmas Bread Machine. Have had great fun and success preparing "goodies" from both books. Wonderful variety of recipes, plus..I really appreicate the descriptions of what each recipe is like-nutty flavor, light and fluffy, ect..A high recommend!
am 19. Juli 1999
The hardest think about this book is deciding which one to make first. When I first got my machine, I started with the first one and made a different one nearly everday. I never made it through the book though, because there were too many I wanted to make over and over again. I have made about a third of the breads and they ranged from good to fantastic.
am 19. März 1999
My mom has this,and I've copied so many recipes, I just need my own! She wore her copy out and had to replace it. This is the book I look to first. French Bread, Apricot Bread, Onion Soup Bread, Garlic Cheese Rolls, Sauerkraut Rye, Apple Butter Bread, pitas are just a FEW of the faves!