Kristina's Reviews > 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust

52 Loaves by William   Alexander
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Jul 27, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 19 to 26, 2010

I'd rate this book at 3.75 stars- story of a man's quest to learn everything about one type of bread, and at the same time, he learns a great deal about himself.

As someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen or in restaurants, I appreciate WM's quest for the perfect artisan bread. Tours of bakeries and yeast factories were a springboard for some great science lessons (like the source of the "sugar" upon which the yeast feed).

His backyard oven project sounds like something I'd certainly try and his chutzpah to bake in a monastery is tremendous. There are only a few drawbacks: 1) 52 weeks is a long time and it is a bit repetitive in places 2) explicit formulas would be easier to follow than text explanations and 3) bread is important, but it is not the be all, end all. That position is reserved for cheese, in my opinion...

Perfect read for obsessive compulsive foodies.

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