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The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast: Breads, Pancakes, Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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As an introduction to the use of natural yeast and the process of naturally leavening breads this is an appreciated addition to my library. I've been baking breads for over 30 years. Until now I'd never really thought about how people baked before the advent of packaged yeast.
There were many areas where I was left wanting more. For example, I would really have loved more background on the history of yeast and its cultivation or additional documentation on and explanation of the claimed health benefits. Also, I would like to have seen more on converting the hundreds of recipes in my baking library to use natural yeast. And a bit more on troubleshooting would be appreciated.
I was disappointed with the numerous proofreading errors that slipped through to the published book. The pages are different colors, some of which were extremely difficult to read. I'm not sure if there is some sort of color coding of the pages (it seems there is). If there is a reason for coloring the pages differently it would be nice to have that explained in the text and to choose colors that are easier on the eyes.
Also, some of the directions were confusing and/or contradictory.
The spiral, flat-lay binding is great for use in the kitchen as are the glossy, easy to wipe clean pages. Clearly this book was designed to be used regularly and last for years to come.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others. I look forward to a second printing where the colors, proofreading and grammar are cleaned up and, hopefully, some additional info is added.
Anyway, internet searches can round out the info in this book just fine, and I do like the information and recipes. I was seriously disappointed though when I tried to get my free starter. Neither the book nor the blog mention that you have to sign up for email newsletters to get the starter. The newsletters seem to be not much more than trying to get you to buy other books and sign up for classes. I don't want spam with my yeast, thanks anyway. I like the book, but minus one star for poor editing (not just the page numbers but the lack of editing for clarity as well - and for relying on someone else's graphic with little explanation of your own) and minus one star for cheap advertising tricks. I hate that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful, beautiful book. I had recently begun working with a sourdough starter, and a friend recommended this to me. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lamothe Family
This book was a fun read, with great pictures. I had no prior knowledge of natural yeast, and this book gave me great information on its benefits. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kailey
Found a recommendation for this book when researching grains and bread making and boy am I glad I purchased it! Read morePublished 17 days ago by B. Curdt
Bought this as a gift for my husband - best gift ever! He loves the ease of the recipes and I love having fresh, delicious bread on hand at all times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Loodles
this book walks you through the basics of making and baking with natural yeast. was just what I was looking forPublished 1 month ago by Jim and Tina Taitt