Modernist Bread at Home - Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Bread at Home is an indispensable cookbook for anyone who is passionate about making homemade bread. Created by the same team behind the award-winning Modernist Bread, this new cookbook is thoughtfully tailored to the specific needs of home bakers so that you can get great results in your kitchen, regardless of how much time or experience you have.

After years of rigorous independent research and hundreds of experiments, the Modernist Cuisine team has now distilled all that wisdom down into a comprehensive, 420-page single volume that proves bread-making can be attainable and convenient, even during the workweek. You’ll discover innovative yet practical techniques, time-saving tips, helpful scientific insights, and adaptable recipes that make delicious homemade bread possible.


By the Numbers




Page Recipe Manual











40 Tons

Flour Used


The first half of Modernist Bread at Home guides you through the bread-making process, from start (fermentation) to finish (cooling and serving) and everything in between. You’ll discover essential gear, tips for working bread into your weekly schedule, how to make and care for a starter, ways to optimize your home oven, practical techniques that will help you master the bread-making process, and much more.

Recipes spanning the world of bread can be found in the second part of the book, starting with traditional French lean breads. From there you’ll learn how to make beautiful loaves with a depth of flavor beyond what you find in the store: rustic sourdoughs, lighter-than-air sandwich breads, decadent brioches, and beautifully textured ryes, as well as challah, focaccia, bagels, bao, unbelievable gluten-free loaves, and more.


New Discoveries and Techniques

A time-saving sourdough. A way to rescue overproofed dough. An aha moment that transformed our ryes. Modernist Bread at Home is the culmination of over four years of nonstop research, photography, experiments, writing, and baking. These are just some of the new insights and techniques that will surprise and delight you—and help you make better bread.

Time-Saving Techniques

  • How to Rescue Overproofed Dough
  • Second-Chance Levain
  • Pressure-Caramelized Inclusions
  • How to Optimize Your Home Oven
  • Our Starch Slurry for Bagel Toppings
  • Easy high-hydration doughs
  • Challah braiding made easy with fruit juice

Innovative Recipes

  • Sablée Brioche
  • 100% High-Ryes
  • Two-Step Sandwich Bread
  • Second-Chance Sourdough
  • Gluten-Free Brioche
  • Compleat Wheat
  • Sourfaux

Helpful Illustrated Guides

  • How to Read the Recipes
  • Where to Start with the Recipes
  • Essential Gear
  • How to Make a Bread Schedule
  • Scoring Patterns
  • Troubleshooting Common Problems
  • The Science of Cold Proofing


Bread As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Now at Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold

Nathan Myhrvold continually pushes the boundaries of food photography. His artwork is available in larger-than-life sizes exclusively at Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold. The collection features brand-new images that can’t be found anywhere else, alongside some of the most iconic photographs from his books, including Modernist Bread.

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International Editions

Modernist Bread at Home is available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Foreign language editions are available online or wherever fine cookbooks are sold.


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