Newsletters, books help spread the word about bread machines

April 06, 1994|By Pat Dailey | Pat Dailey,Chicago Tribune

There hasn't been a convention of bread-machine users yet, but there are a lot of products, books and services to keep them amused and informed. Here are some:

* The Bread Machine Newsletter (six times a year): Starting its third year, this 12-page publication is a forum for exchange of ideas, hints and recipes. For a free sample issue (send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope) or to subscribe, write Donna German, Suite 3, 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464.

* The Magic Bread Letter (quarterly): This includes a question-and-answer column, recipes, reviews of products and books, classified ads and a discussion of machines. Annual subscription is $12. Contact Ada Lai, The Magic Bread Letter, Box 337, Moss Beach, Calif. 94038.

* Bread of the Month Club: For those who crave convenience and variety, this Northbrook company sells mixes through the mail. The plans include the "six-pack special" of two packages each of three varieties, as well as 3-month, 6-month and 12-month plans. For example, a six-month plan lasts a year, with three packages of mix mailed every other month; it costs $65.95 plus tax. Call (708) 480-1589.

Following are some of the many cookbooks available.

* "The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever" by Madge Rosenberg (HarperCollins, $15.95) includes 150 recipes developed by the owner of Bakery Soutine in New York.

* "The Bread Machine Magic Book of Helpful Hints" by Linda Rehberg and Lois Conway (St. Martin's, $10.95). Twenty recipes are included, but the real thrust is to increase readers' understanding of breads and bread machines. It addresses ingredients, techniques, makes and models of machines, dietary needs and problem-solving.

* "The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook" by Tom Lacalamita (Simon & Schuster, $25) comes from the marketing manager for Welbilt bread machines. It offers 100 recipes, some of them fully made in the bread machine, others mixed and kneaded in the machine then shaped and baked in the traditional manner.

* "Electric Bread" by Innovative Cooking Enterprises (I.C.E., Inc., $29.95). One of the earliest bread machine cookbooks, produced by a team of testers who tried each recipe in several different brands of bread machines. This book includes nutritional information.

* "The Bread Machine Cookbook" by Donna German (Bristol Publishing, $8.95).

* "Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time" by Lora Brody and Millie Apter (William Morrow, $20). A mother and daughter tested 75 bread recipes in 12 different bread machines. Specific formulas are given for each brand.

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