Le paradis n'est pas artificiel …

April 06, 2005

Bread and Books...

...They go together like bread and cheese, or cheese and wine, or best of all, books, bread, cheese and wine.

“Home Baking” by Naomi Duguid and Jeremy Alford is textual food.The bread recipes offered by this pair of travellers/curious cooks are formidible, spanning the Eurasian spectrum from box-loaf plain to artisinally spectacular.

Sourdough loses its mystery in these pages -- as much as it ever can -- and additional sections that cover a worldwide array of cookies, cakes, pastries and small breads are equally elucidating. The book has a great thoroughness in instruction, equal parts succinct and tactile, which ensures that the novice baker is in touch with their dough's destiny, as loaf or lump.

I've only gotten loaves out of "Home Baking". Non-bookie food primitivists may find this much acclaim fetishistic, but having baked with mediocre results from both tattered editions of the Joy of Cooking and the bread recipes in my head, the results of following this text are unequivocally better. I can’t believe I've made half the stuff that's been coming out of the oven lately -- and last but not least of all, the travel stories related to the found-recipes give my dinner backstory.

This review was written up on 43things.com, but I think it looks better over here.

Posted by Delire at April 6, 2005 04:30 PM