Harumph! Author Says Leave Baking to the Professionals?

Many modern bread books are formulaic: they take a unique angle — such as current trends in the bread world, an author’s professional experience or a historical perspective — then present a tantalizing selection of bread recipes aimed at the home baker.

Safe, entertaining, and informative.

Maybe it’s time for a shake-up in the bread world.… Continue reading

The Allure of the Tassajara Bread Book

A recent attempt at the Tassajara basic yeasted bread (wood-fired) … a little better than my 1977 results.

In the summer of 1977, my parents were at their summer cottage in Bamfield, off the west coast of Vancouver Island. My father was out fishing for chinook, my mother was lying in the sun reading.

Christy, my sister, and I were the only ones at the family home in West Vancouver.… Continue reading