Never Buy Bread Again – The Bread Book for Beginning Bakers

We give you easy to follow recipes for some of the most popular yeast breads and quickbreads – from sandwich bread to pancakes.

We self-published the book, so buying a copy is a great way to support the work we do here on the website.

Sure, you can find tons of recipes online, but I find it handier to have my favorites in one spot. (I'm personally getting hard copies of reference books with all the weirdness going on.) And isn't it annoying to keep tapping the screen while you're cooking so the recipe stays up?

This book will help you bake a amazing homemade bread, even if you've never baked before. Includes online baking tutorial and best bread storage tips.

You can bake delicious homemade bread – with no weird ingredients or preservatives – to nourish your family.

Once you’ve mastered this book, you’ll never be one of those folks scouting store shelves for bread when a storm is on the way.

Tried baking and failed? We have troubleshooting tips for the most common baking problems.

What's in the Bread Book for Beginners?

Never Buy Bread Again – 20+ Homemade Bread Recipes is the bread book designed for those who enjoy quick and easy homemade breads.

It’s also fun for those who remember recipes “like grandma used to make” and want to recapture that flavor in their own kitchen.

In this book you’ll find:

  • Troubleshooting tips so you can bake without worrying about screwing it up
  • Easy everyday breads such as sandwich bread and crusty French bread
  • Quick breads such as buttermilk biscuits, corn bread and pancakes
  • Gluten free breads
  • How to Make a Sourdough Starter and Basic Sourdough Bread
  • Holiday and special occasion breads, like fruit filled kolache, Polish doughnuts and pretzel bread
  • How to store and freeze breads (before and after baking) for best quality
  • Tips for adjusting bread recipes for high altitude baking
  • Fun bread “go alongs” like flavored butters and cheese fondue
  • Recipes to make with leftover bread

The book includes full color photos, so you know what the finished bread should look like, and stories from our family about the recipes and baking traditions.

It has a spiral binding so that it lays flat on the kitchen counter for easy reading while cooking. Some of these recipes have been featured on the website, others are exclusive to the book.

Free Bread Baking Video Tutorial – The book includes access to an online baking tutorial video to take you through the basics of bread making.

Purchase a Spiral Bound Copy

Never Buy Bread Again is available in print and digital formats.

The spiral bound print edition is available only in the United States.

International readers can order a print version (not spiral bound) via Amazon.com.

This book will help you bake a amazing homemade bread, even if you've never baked before. Includes online baking tutorial and best bread storage tips.

Print copies are spiral bound so they lay flat for easy use while baking.

The price for the print version is $19.95 (+ sales tax in Wisconsin) and $3.99 shipping and handling.

If you do not want to use online payment processing, you can mail your check or money order to:

Common Sense Home, LLC.
E1595 Old Settlers Rd
Denmark, WI 54208-7755

The mailers I have will fit up to 7 copies. If you would like to order more than one copy, shipping is $1 extra per copy, up to seven copies. (More than 7 will take another mailer.)

To buy multiple copies:

  • Type in the desired number of copies in the Quantity box.
  • Click “Update Cart”.
  • If Shipping does not automatically update, use the dropdown arrow to select the least expensive shipping option available. For example, “5.99 (Buy3)” for a purchase of three books.
  • Check out safely with Paypal. You don't need a Paypal account to purchase. It can also process debit and credit cards.

Bonuses with Your Purchase

With your purchase of a print copy of “Never Buy Bread Again”, you get over $30 worth of bonuses!

The digital (ebook) version of the book, so you can start baking right away!

Two free ebooks:

Jams, Jellies, and Other Yummy Spreads ($7.95 value)

Easy Desserts: From Gluten Free Goodies to Old Fashioned Family Favorites ($9.95 value)

10% off any ebook package from Traditional Cooking School, including their Sourdough A to Z eBook & Video Package.

A discount code for 15% off Homestead Honey's “Backyard Bread & Pizza Oven eBook”.

The Backyard Bread and Pizza Oven ebook

Bulk Pricing Available

For groups or retailers (or generous gift givers) wishing to purchase 10 or more copies of the book, contact me for bulk pricing. If you purchase 10 or more books, it's only $9.95 per book, plus shipping. Get your Christmas shopping done in one stop!

Email me at laurie at commonsensehome dot com to make arrangements.

Purchase the Ebook Version

The ebook (digital) version is $9.95, and includes downloadable PDF, epub and mobi versions of the book.

Digital version does not include bonus items.

About the Author

Laurie Neverman is the creator of Common Sense Home, where she shares practical information on self-reliant living.

She was a featured speaker for the Naval War College Strategic Studies group, Search for Sustainability Summit, Home Grown Food Summit and other events.

She and her sisters and mother operated Irene's Custom Cakes and Catering for nine years. Her writing has been featured in Permaculture North America, Taste of Home, and Countryside magazines.

This book will help you bake a amazing homemade bread, even if you've never baked before. Includes online baking tutorial and best bread storage tips.

Here's what our Readers are Saying about the Recipes in the Bread Book…

On the Basic Sandwich Bread:

“Easy to make, I can pronounce all the ingredients, and it is a family favorite!”

“I just want to thank you for this recipe. We make it all.the.time. I made the rolls 2 days in a row this week. It is a favorite in this family! Thank you!”

“Made bread and rolls for the first time today using this recipe. Lets just say YUMMY!!”

easy sandwich bread recipe
Easy sandwich bread

 On the Potato Bread:

“This is the best bread ever!!!!!!! I mixed the ingredients in my bread machine and put it on the dough cycle, then I took the dough out and let it rest for 20 minutes. Then I put the dough into 2 loaf pans and let rise until doubled and baked them in the oven. The bread was soft and it stayed soft. This is the only bread recipe that I will use. I did freeze one loaf and when I thawed it out it tasted like I just made it 🙂 YUM! YUM!”

“Made this yesterday – what a lovely loaf! No need to change a thing; this one’s a keeper!”

potato bread
Potato bread

On the Crusty French Bread:

“Just tried this recipe. I had my bread machine make the dough. I had never used bread flour before, only all purpose. This was AMAZING! The family polished off the loaf, still warm with butter. This recipe has gone into My Favorites!!”

“I made this last night & It was a complete hit!!! First time making bread & it came out beautiful & delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe & easy to follow instructions!”

French bread
French bread

On Betty’s Buttermilk Rye:

“Thank you for sharing your recipe as this is the 2nd time in a week I have used it.

So delicious, I love rye bread and this one made with buttermilk is the best:)

I used my Breadman machine on #1 setting and 1% buttermilk and came out with

A light crunchy crust with perfect texture and easy slicing.”

Betty's buttermilk rye bread
Betty's buttermilk rye bread

On Gram Irene’s Corn Bread:

“This is seriously the best cornbread ever! I am now famous at family gatherings for using this recipe :-). Thank you!”

“This recipe SAVED me! I'd just made a total flop on cornbread muffins from a food.com recipe. I know it's foolish to try a new recipe last-minute, but I couldn't find my old standby. So right before a luncheon, I made these after throwing the other “bricks” away. This turned out great!

Gram Irene's cornbread
Gram Irene's cornbread

If you enjoy the bread book, please stop back and leave a comment below! Thank you!

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44 Comments

  1. I don’t find on this page any reference to the use of flour that is ground fresh from wheat (or other grain) berries. Do the recipes (quantities, directions, etc.) accommodate the use of flour like this and/or does the book include tips on any necessary adjustments when the flour is ground right before baking?

    1. I’ve used fresh ground flour for most of the recipes. They are tough to flop completely. The texture changes a bit, and you may need to add a little more or a little less flour depending on your wheat berries, but that’s true with pre-ground flour as well. Changes in humidity, different ingredient brands – all add in variables. I do include a section of general troubleshooting tips that address some of the most common problems people run into while baking yeast breads.

  2. Wonderful book. I have tried sourdough, potato bread, french bread, pumpernickel rye, zucchini, biscuits, and popovers. All the recipes came out perfectly. This has been my go to bread book for over a year now. Thanks so much!

    1. Sorry, Sheri. We only have the one physical product at this time that we sell directly, and all the payments process through Paypal. We can accept payment via US mail, if someone is uncomfortable with online shopping.

  3. Hi
    I have already followed courses on Bakery and pastry here in MAURITIUS .So to learn more about the same i would like to buy you Book ,
    of new formula ,

    please , indicate me the right issue to order your book

    Thank you

    DANIEL THIBAUD

  4. I just received my ” Never Buy Bread Again” cookbook and I’m excited to get started! But before I do, I want to point out a couple things. First, I love the spiral binding, it’ll make reading the recipes so much easier. Second, I appreciate the larger print, my old eyes don’t see as well as they used to. And third, the photos are beautiful!
    I’m very pleased with the cookbook and I look forward to trying the recipes!

  5. Just purchased your bread book to save for my daughter for Christmas! I know, I know! I’ll probably give it to her early!! I didn’t realize that I also would receive a download version and I am so happy – Thank you very much.

    My husband’s grandmother was an accomplished baker. She made kolache all the time and they were so good. I never made them before but now I will. In fact just the other day I was thinking about searching out a recipe for them. Again, thank you.

    Something that my mother made on baking day was what she called pinwheels – they were strips of bread dough, rolled flat and sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar, then rolled up into a spiral. Once baked, we glazed them with a basic powdered sugar and cream and sprinkled them with finely chopped walnuts. Oh my, they were good. She also made what she called “Dough Gobs” . She pinched off gobs of dough and deep fried them. We rolled them in sugar or powdered sugar and left some plain. The plain ones we bit off a tiny bite and filled them with honey or jam.

    I again, thank you for the recipes and I will get started baking as soon as I am able to find bread flour!!

    1. I think I’d get along well with your family. 🙂

      If you can’t get bread flour, you can use all purposes flour. The dough will be softer and stickier, but still works. All purpose flour is good for kolache, too.

      1. Actually, I was thinking that since my mother never used bread flour and I never have, I won’t even bother – I’ll just use what I have always used! Thanks.

  6. I got my copy in the mail yesterday. Just had a few minutes to look at it today, it made me hungry! Looking forward to trying out some recipes.

  7. I love the blog and I’d love to get a bread book 🙂
    But I do think that postage to Germany is too high.
    Sadly so.
    All the best

    1. Just read this and although it has been some time since it was posted, thought you still might be interested in a reply.

      If you can’t afford to have a hard copy shipped, you might consider buying the PDF format and then printing it out. That way you would avoid all the shipping and customs charge.

      Just a thought.

  8. Hey Laurie, Just ordered a copy of your book. When it gets here, I am going to take it to our local preparedness and homesteading store to show them. Don’t know if you have any interest in some type of wholesale price to merchants, but if you do, let me know, and I will see if they would like to carry your book. They have a great book selection on all subjects related to prepping and homesteading, and put on a three day event each year called Heritage Life Skills, where they also sell a lot of books.

    1. Hi Leslie.

      I just saw your order come in and will get that in the mail today. I’m more than happy offer wholesale pricing for quantities of 10 books or more – $9.95 each plus bulk rate shipping.

      1. I would like to purchase a small quantity of your Never Buy Bread Again for my small store in Oregon.
        I just got my cookbook today and so far so great. Have you used flour from To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company? https://healthyflour.com/ this is their website.

        1. Given that this is a book of bread recipes, and recipes that go with bread (like bread pudding), no. Also, we don’t have chiggers here, so that’s not something I can test personally.

        2. Wow! Haven’t had to worry about chiggers since moved across state almost 3 decades ago. For chiggers you just use the same DIY repellents that are also used for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Adding 2 to 3 drops each of lavender and citronella oils to a tablespoon of witch hazel is what generations of our family always found worked best. Some will also dilute it with water but we never did. Prevention is also the same as that for ticks — avoiding tall grasses as much as possible, long sleeves and pants, tucking sleeves inside gloves and pant legs inside socks and/or boots. However, treating the bites after the fact is different because they burrow under the skin. First shower/bath to remove any others before they get the chance to burrow, then apply something to help draw out those that have already burrowed into/under the skin. Otherwise, treat the itching and irritation same as you would mosquito and other bug bites. Hope that helps!

  9. I found out in the 70’s I have food allergies + hayfever. The worst one is Yeast. I cannot eat anything containing the least amount!