A quick search for books on baking bread on Amazon UK brings up over 10,000, all good in their own way, I'm sure, but seek out the ones that cover how and why and not just what. The books below are my favourites, chiefly because the recipes are interesting and easy to follow. If you push me, I would say the first two are my favourites.
The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. Crystal clear descriptions. Uses a Dutch oven to give great flavours and a wonderful crust. This is one of my favourite books on breads.
Great step by step photos with clear instructions. Such a wonderful range of exciting breads. This is one of the best bread books I've seen.
Brilliant pictures and beautifully produced. Good explanations. The recipes work as described - good rationale to everything AND it covers Australian pie making!
A student/teacher text book with so much background information, and explanations for these mystical bits and pieces that we normally take on trust. Highly recommend it.
A splendid selection of recipes from around the world all very succinctly explained, interleaved with stories of the bakers Dan Lepard met on his travels. This is the one I keep going back to for ideas.
If you want to understand the bread making processes, and the properties of all the ingredients, then this book is for you. Good recipes too.
Stunning layout and photographs combined with crystal clear instructions. The sections of the book lead on from white dough, through olive dough and brown dough to sweet doughs.
Much more explanation in this second book with good step by step photos.
Not specifically on bread, but has 25 pages on oat & barley recipes for farls, bannocks etc, and 40 pages on cakes and baking all from a Scottish perspective.
This is a mine of information and a good read. Maybe dated and splendidly opinionated in places but so much useful technical and interesting historical text.
Half on breads including techniques, and half on cakes so if you want to move from baguettes to brownies at the turn of a page this is your book.
"Step by step recipes for fun and simple breads to make with children". Yet to try the recipes but they look brilliant - minestrone sourdough, cherry & chocolate stollen, flowerpot garlic bread.