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The Perfect Loaf: Sourdough Recipes

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  • Maurizio Leo's first book
  • A true sourdough bible
  • Wide range of foolproof recipes
  • For beginners or seasoned bakers
  • Over 60 recipes
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Helpful graphics and photos
  • A whopping 432 pages


The Perfect Loaf: Sourdough Recipes

Crusty sourdough breadThe Perfect Loaf is the first baking book by Maurizio Leo and it's a dynamic, authoritative sourdough bible for those looking to build confidence in the craft with a wide range of foolproof recipes, from pan loaves to pizza to doughnuts. 

Maurizio Leo’s blog The Perfect Loaf is the go-to destination on the internet for beginner sourdough bakers. He now brings his impeccably detailed techniques, foolproof recipes, and generous teaching style to a groundbreaking debut cookbook that delves into the absolute fundamentals of sourdough—plus the tools and confidence to explore beyond.

Maurizio has spent 10+ years discovering how to bake delicious and healthy sourdough bread in the home kitchen, and now it's all in his book. This book will help you become a better baker!

60 recipes cover flavorful, crowd-pleasing favorites, including...

  • Essential freeform loaves: Simple Sourdough, Rosemary & Olive Oil, Extra-Sour Sourdough, Cranberry & Walnut, Demi Baguettes
  • Pan loaves: Everyday Sandwich Bread, Naturally Leavened Brioche, German Whole Rye, Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
  • Pizza and flatbread: Roman-Style Pan Pizza, Focaccia, Naan, Flour Tortillas, Pita
  • Buns, rolls, and more: Soft Dinner Rolls, Potato Buns, Ciabatta Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels
  • Sweets: Weekend Cinnamon Rolls, Italian Doughnuts, Summer Fruit Sourdough Crostata, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Babka

Beginner bakers will have their hands held the entire way, with troubleshooting sections and numerous sidebars answering almost every question they may have—like how to store a sourdough starter long-term, how bakers’ percentages actually work, and a visual guide to common “bread fails” and how to remedy them. Seasoned bakers will relish deep dives into the science behind baking processes and expert information on how to build their “baker’s intuition” and level up by experimenting with hydration, ingredient ratios, freshly milled grains, and specialty flours. Whether you’re new to bread baking or a pro, The Perfect Loaf will be your indispensable guide in the kitchen.

What others are saying

“Maurizio Leo has given all bread-heads, whether newbies or experienced bakers, the ideal gift.” —Peter Reinhart, author of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and host of Pizza Quest

“There is no book written specifically for home bakers that surpasses this one.”—Jeffrey Hamelman, baker and author of Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes

“It’s like a textbook you use at a late-night study session, then realize you’re enjoying it so much that it becomes bedtime reading.” —WIRED

About the author

Maurizio Leo is a home baker and the creator of the award-winning sourdough website, The Perfect Loaf. He's currently the Resident Bread Baker at Food52 and a regular contributor to the King Arthur Baking blog. His articles and recipes on bread baking have appeared in Edible New Mexico, the Bread Baker's Guild of America, and Bread Magazine. He holds a master's degree in computer science, is a co-creator of the award-winning stargazing app SkyView, and has spent the past decade baking sourdough bread in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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BrandRandom House
Product Weight (lbs.)4-1/2 lb.
Page Count432


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