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At twenty-two, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of bread baking in the back room of a Parisian boulangerie, and he has loved and devoted himself to making quality bread ever since. He went on to create Bread Alone, a now-iconic bakery that has become one of the most beloved artisan bread companies in the country. Today, professional bakers and bread enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Bread Alone's headquarters in the Catskills to learn Dan's signature techniques and baking philosophy. Athough Leader is a towering figure in bread baking, he still considers himself a student of the craft, and his curiosity is boundless. In this groundbreaking book, he offers a comprehensive picture of bread baking today for the enthusiastic home baker.With inspiration from a community of millers, farmers, bakers, and scientists, Living Bread provides a fascinating look into the way artisan bread baking has evolved and continues to change–from wheat farming practices and advances in milling to sourdough starters and the mechanics of mixing dough. Influenced by art and science in equal measure, Leader presents exciting twists on classics such as Curry Tomato Ciabatta, Vegan Brioche, and Chocolate Sourdough Babka, as well as traditional recipes. Sprinkled with anecdotes and beautiful photos from Leader's own travels and encounters with artisans who have influenced him, Living Bread is a cutting-edge guide to the practice of making "good bread."The first nearly 100 pages lay a foundational understanding of historical bread practices and wheat, tells Leader’s journey of bread baking, his understanding of artisanal flour, a short commentary on wheat sensitivity, the process of mixing and proofing dough among other essential baking practices, and so much more! We’ve read through many bread books over the years, and we must say, the organization of this book’s instructional section is exceptional. The layout is easy to follow, and the instructions are clear and straightforward. This books is helpful for beginners and a great refresher for advanced bakers.Recipes are divided into seven sections:
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Living Bread offers a fascinating look inside bread bakeries around the U.S. and Europe. If you’re hoping to understand the ins and outs of artisan baking, we assure you, this book will open that door and give you a narrated view of the world of artisan baking. You’ll see that artisan baking is, indeed, an entire world, not simply recipes to follow. If you’re searching for a lens to view the world of artisan baking through, Daniel Leader’s Living Bread is a helpful resource for any bread baker. We highly recommend it!Hardcover | 367 pages | Full-color photos
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