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Modern Sourdough: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from Margot Bakery

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In Tahini and Rye, Michelle Eksheri shows you how to make mouth-watering treats from the basics (bagels, sourdough starter and bread), through to classics with a twist (challah bread and butter pudding, babka, rhubarb and custard danish, pistachio and flower shortbread). The secrets to the seemingly complex are broken down in an easy step-by-step guide so that the perfect sourdoughIn Tahini ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by White Lion Publishing
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Laurie Garrison
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes this book is not only drool-worthy it will make a great baker companion book.

I’ve been baking most of my life and at fifty I have collected hundreds of cookbooks and baking books, but there is only a handful I use every week and I could see myself using this one all the time. I love sourdough and have been using King Arthur Flour method for many years and have been happy with it, but I am limited with recipes I can use my sourdough in so before I know it the sourdough is
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have toyed with sourdough over the years, never getting it quite right, never quite grasping the whole process, never finding all the information in one place. And finding the recipes limited and bland.

This book has changed all of that for me . It really is a modern guide to sourdough.
Covering all the important aspects such as starters, folds and hydration,
It has a brilliant selection of sourdough bread recipes, including brioche, focaccia, ciabatta, flatbread, bagels and a wonder
Cathy Geha
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Modern Sourdough by Michelle Eshkeri

The author of this book opened a bakery because she realized there was a need for such a shop in her neighborhood. She is self-trained and has learned much over time and in this book shares some of what she has learned. That her bakery is thriving is something that does not always happen in this economy. And I applaud her for opening the shop and sharing her wisdom and recipes with the world.

Why did I want to read/review this book? First, I have a
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I love sourdough bread; the crunchy, thick crust and the tangy, soft bread are delightful. When my boys were little, we made a batch of sourdough starter, but we were not successful at keeping it going for long. In Modern Sourdough, author and baker, Michelle Eshkeri, provides a relatively easy recipe and process for making and maintaining a sourdough starter. Along with the starter, she provides many recipes in which to use the starter. After reading this book, I'm game to give it a go again! ...more
Cynthia Corral
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This appears to be the be-all end-all book on sourdough baking. It starts with detailed directions to make your own starter, and continues on to give recipes for items I didn’t even know could be made with sourdough. The photos will make your mouth water and should inspire the baker inside you. Note: I did not try any of these recipes (as I don’t have a starter ready) so I cannot comment on how good the instructions are. There are some delicious sounding recipes for spreads and toppings also, an ...more
I spent many years yearning to bake bread and feeling intimidated by yeast. I went to work at a bakery, I thought to make cake, but no, I made bread. Trial by fire. I am no longer intimidated by yeast and have now been baking bread professionally and at home for 15 years. Sourdough, though, remains intimidating. I have never successfully kept a starter going long enough to actually bake a loaf of bread. When I saw Michelle Eshkeri’s Modern Sourdough on NetGalley, I knew it was time to try again. ...more
Jamie Brydone-Jack
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I know and love sourdough. I was delighted to see this particular cookbook at one of my book review sites, and I knew I had to check it out. The author owns a bakeshop in north London called the Margot Bakery. This book is simply divided into an introductory section which gives you basic skills and techniques required for sourdough baking, and this is followed by the recipe section which starts off with breads before going into other sweet and savory s ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Modern Sourdough: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from Margot Bakery is a tutorial cookbook by professional baker Michelle Eshkeri. Despite the author being a professional (albeit self-taught) baker, this is a layman accessible real cookbook full of satisfying sourdough breads, both savory and sweet. The ingredients are easily sourced.

Released 10th Sept 2019 by Quarto on their White Lion imprint, it's 224 pages and available in hardcover format. My criteria when r
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When Michelle Eshkeri moved to North London in her 20s, all she wanted was a really good loaf of bread. When she realized that there was nowhere within walking distance with that bread she wanted, she decided to make it herself. And then she decided to sell it to others, and Margot Bakery was born. Her new cookbook, Modern Sourdough, is a reflection of over 100 recipes that the bakers and customers love.

Eshkeri has developed a way to present sourdough breads in ways that are unusual and flavorf
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!)

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

In Modern Sourdo
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
White Lion Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Modern Sourdough: Sweet and Savoury Recipes from Margot Bakery. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

The recipes contained within the pages of this cookbook highlight the offerings at Margot Bakery, a highly successful shop in London. The cookbook is divided into sections: Introduction; Bread; Sourdough Pastry; Sweet Sourdough; Savoury Sourdough; Margot Specialties; Jams
Patricia Brown
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
With fewer traditional bakeries around that aren’t part of a grocery chain and even fewer bakeries that make bread, it’s a great time to start learning to bake your own bread. While I have been baking since I was old enough (and tall enough) to stand on a chair and stir, my family baked sweets and not breads. I’ve dabbled in bread making while baking for restaurants and catering but rarely dealt with sourdough from beginning to end. I found that the layout of the recipe and instructions for star ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming from a part of the world were 'bread' in the western context is rare in kitchens at home, I was completely unaware of what sourdough actually was till a few years ago. Since learning about its existence, the taste and idea of it have had a meteoric rise in my personal list of favourites. When I saw this available, I had to try and read it. 

The book is very detailed and almost perfect for a beginner like me. I am actually planning to start and invest some time in making my own
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love sourdough? Okay, some people don't, I suppose. But if you do, you'll find lots of yummy looking recipes here to put your starter to good use! Amounts are given but weight which makes me happy. If you don't already have a digital scale for your kitchen, invest in one. Weighing ingredients is so much more accurate. There are the expected bread recipes of course, but also a variety of pastries and sweets (sourdough rye brownies?) along with savory recipes. In addition to the variet ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, cookery
This is one of the best cookery books I've read in ages, though the waiting for the sourdough to be ready is going to test my patience.

The instructions for the starter dough is extensive and well laid out with details on what to do every day. Within this book follows six chapters of recipes: Bread, Sourdough pastry, Sweet sourdough, Savoury sourdough, Margot specialities and Jams & spreads.

One of my favourite recipes is included and I've always fancied having a go at
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sumptuous, flavourful and infinitely diverse, Modern Sourdough is an incredible resource for the intermediate to advanced sourdough enthusiast. From trendy to classic, traditional to experimental, Eshkeri’s lineup of recipes excites the senses and piques curiosity - even a brief flip through this beautifully photographed volume is sure to wake a feeling of “I can’t wait to make this!” and “this sounds amazing!”.

Eshkeri tells her story with passion and shares her craft freely, giving
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bake all my own bread, and have done for the last decade or so. Originally I made bread in a bread machine, and then I “graduated” to oven baking – I must admit I don’t knead the bread by hand, I used my beloved Thermomix. I have dabbled in sourdough in the past when I saw Modern Sourdough by Michelle Eshkeri on Netgalley I said "yes please" very quickly. Michelle is a Jewish, London based bakery owner who has a similar cultural background to me, and a lot of the breads are familiar to me from ...more
Richelle Rodarte
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic cookbook! I struggle with the time and patience to make daily bread but I find the recipes inspiring. I have started and abandoned multiple starters but in-between have achieved some delicious sourdough creations. The pasties are amazing. I applaud those that can keep up with it everyday and I have this book picked out for a few such accomplished friends that will love this book. With that said for me personally this is the motivation to do a starter for a special occasion and keep up ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer I received a copy of this as an ARC from NetGalley.

As an avid home baker, I was excited about reading this recipe book. I have always been intimidated by the idea of sourdough bread from scratch and was hoping for some insight to starting. I was not aware of the book being by an author who has a famous bakery or more books to her name. So now those books are on my list to read.

I couldn't make up my mind if the recipes were intimidatingly hard or easy enough for the home baker. I def
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Modern Sourdough by Michelle Eshkeri is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.

Pulling from traditional bakery standards and other lesser-known recipes of breads made throughout Europe, these are sourdough breads and pastries, sweet and savory dough, and recipes that Eshkeri uses often at her bakery called Margot (namely cookies and cakes), then toppings, jams, and preserves. A starter is pretty much aged & jarred whole wheat flour and water; nothing too extensive as what I tho
Christina Miranda
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can say for sure that Michelle Eshkeri has talent, no one can deny that. Her new cookbook "Modern Sourdough" provides an endless array of recipes that utilize sourdough, all of which I hadn't known I could do. The recipes at first glance look complex, including her method for making a sourdough starter; however, once you get your hands dirty its all relatively easy. This book not only walks you through all the complexities of sourdough baking but helps open your eyes to the endless possibiliti ...more
Angie Shere
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently became a fan of sourdough breads and am lucky enough to have found a local source to purchase a loaf now and then. While worth every penny, I’m unable to afford the $10 loaves very often. So I was excited to read this arc from netgalley. I am very impressed! Beautifully illustrated and written with a down to earth style, this book may tempt me to try my hand at making my own bread someday. It begins with the process of creating the starter from which all sourdough breads begin. The re ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book came along at exactly the right time for me. I had a sourdough starter which I was using to make the same loaf of bread each week. This book gave me lots of inspiration for using it to make lots of new and interesting ways. The books also includes some recipes which do not require a starter. I was surprised by this but the recipes do look good so I will give them a try.

This book would make a great gift for keen bread makers.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advance copy
Bonnie Demoss
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has kept a sourdough starter and made bread before, what I love about this book is that there are many recipes other than bread. The rye sourdough brownies have caught my eye, Im also going to try the pumpkin scones, cheese scones, panettone, and sourdough banana bread. I have some digestive problems and fermentation makes it easier for me to digest foods. All of these recipes for scones, cookies, and even pizza with fermented dough give me the ability to enjoy treats I can’t alwa ...more
Leyla Johnson
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! what a fabulous book this is, beautifully presented, lovely photographs and easy to follow recipes. If you are into making breads, using your own sourdough started (instructions included), one can not go to far beyond this book. From making sourdough bread, savoury to sweet sourdough delights, it is all here and the variety is very impressive. At the end o the book there is even some beautiful jams and spreads.
Fabulous book
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book! All the recipes are so appealing, the photography is scrumptious, the recipes are in metric (YAY!), I just love this book. I think from a design point of view it is the epitome of how I like my recipe books to look and read. A very sincere 5 star review and I want to make ALL THE THINGS!
I received a complimentary kindle copy via NetGalley but will be rushing out to buy a paperback straight away. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I would like to acknowledge that anyone can start out with nothing, this has been beautifully shown in the pages of this book. The beautiful illustrations and pictures throughout this book make you want to bake every recipe! The instructions can be followed easily and every recipe has a story behind it.
Will become a favourite on many bookshelves!
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley for a review copy of this book.

A complete beginner to making sourdough this book has lovely recipes in it but it was a little too detailed for me. Not many pictures of the techniques either
Kelly Barton
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and attractive, step-by-step guide to Sourdough. Offering a range of flavor profiles and pastry techniques, Modern Sourdough invites you in for an adventure. Can't wait to try the recipes!
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and interesting cookbook with a great variety of both sweet and savoury recipes. An added bonus was that they included how to make your own sourdough starter.
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