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Although the descriptions of how he became interested in baking bread and of the kinds of breads that he makes are luscious, the bread itself is far too complicated. I was going to try making his rustic loaf, but the specific flour he calls for is no longer available from one company and the other company is out of business. That, combined with the intricacy of the steps to making the bread (I'm all for intricacy if it has a point; I'm not sure his does) means that I haven't tried to bake his br ...more
This book is as much about the artistry of making beautiful breads as it is a cookbook, and is a wonderful read. It inspired me to buy stone tiles for my own oven, and got me to bake home made bread for the first time. I absolutely adore this book and recommend it highly. It makes an ancient art truly accessible in our modern world.
Great book for bread bakers and bread lovers! I still feel that it is hard to bake a great loaf of bread without someone to come alongside you and teach you how. Bread baking is an art, this book is a fabulous way to begin to understand and appreciate the artistic process of great bread.
When I got my hands on this book about five (six? seven? god. I think it's been almost eight years.. I read it when joseph was not yet one.. my how time flies) years ago, my adoration and practice of bread began. I really like how he presents it from grain to loaf.