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Braising meat in caramel is a traditional Vietnamese technique. Here, aromatics are first softened in amber-hued molten sugar to create a gutsy base before rolled pork belly, boiled eggs and arrowhead are added with the customary hit of salty fish sauce for a perfectly balanced dish.

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Books to Bake Bread By

Indulge your inner peasant with some therapeutic kneading: these four cookbooks are all you need to help you on your way from bread enthusiast to master baker.

Bread

Bread

By Jeffrey Hamelman

Jeffrey Hamelman's Bread is all you need to start an artisanal bakery at home. Create your own glossy brioche loaf or step into wild territory while trying your hand at sourdough. Precise illustrations and step-by-step guides break down even the most challenging baking techniques.

Bourke Street Bakery

Bourke Street Bakery

By Paul Allam and David McGuinness

By the chef-bakers behind the ever-popular Sydney-based empire, the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook is a comprehensive guide to artisanal baking. Loved by novices and seasoned home bakers, it’s packed with technique tips, easy-to-follow recipes for over 90 inspired creations and mouthwatering photography.

Back in the Day Bakery Made With Love

Back in the Day Bakery Made With Love

By Cheryl Day and Griffith Day

Satisfy your sweet tooth craving with Back In the Day Bakery Made With Love. Cheryl and Griffith Day share the secrets to their most popular treats like sweet potato and lemon bread or banana chiffon cake, along with decorating techniques and helpful tips for even a novice baker.

Brother Juniper’s Bread Book

Brother Juniper’s Bread Book

By Peter Reinhart

Brother Juniper’s Bread Book advocates a slow-rise method to baking and life. Bread-making is given a religious fervor, and through that passion readers find a culinary paradise. But goat ricotta and chive bread, “the world’s greatest brownies”, and stromboli may be just a bit sinful.

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Isabella Beeton

Isabella Beeton

Among the most recognized names in British food writing, Isabella Beeton was a journalist during the Industrial Revolution. It's claimed she wrote the ever-popular 1861 cookbook, Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (at only 21!), because she couldn't find a reliable guide for young brides.