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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012 12:45:45 AM PST
I'm new to baking and I'm confused about what I'm reading in this book. Can someone put me on the right track?

I think the first three master formulas, poolish, biga and pate fermentee are starters to be used to make breads. So when I got to french bread I expected one or the ingredients to be one of these three starters. I'm confused on how I use the starters in the formulas that follow.

Have I missed something in the opening pages?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:30:08 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 10, 2012 4:29:54 AM PST
Have you tried going to ? You may find the info you're looking for there.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 5:03:59 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:05:54 AM PST
Thanks. I kinda hoped a reader of this book figured it out or understood my confusion and could point out what I'm missing. I searched the web for help or discussions on the Crust and Crumb book and ended up here. Obviously a bad search.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:22:57 AM PST
Sorry, I have bread maker's apprentice and bread every day, but not crust and crumb.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:10:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 8:13:11 AM PST
Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers

I'm looking for help from other readers of the book Crust and Crumb. If you made it through the French breads maybe you could drop me an email at

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 11:44:14 AM PST
K. Dzurny says:
Try the forum at
They have extensive baking community. You'll have better chance of getting your questions answered there.
Be very specific when you ask. Even if they haven't read the book, they can look at your recipe in question and can give you advise accordingly.
You know that not all bread recipe uses starters?...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 12:46:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 2:34:48 PM PST
Anyway, best of luck, hope you find your question answered.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:33:31 PM PST
Thanks K. Dzurny. I'm feeling a little foolish but that was the answer. If I kept reading instead of being hung up on this I would have realized the first French bread doesn't use a starter but the next French bread recipe does. I imagine the intention is for comparison.

Becky: I am baking, cooking and buying on Amazon. Just that I'm not so good at the first two yet. I bought this book that I'm asking about here on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 2:34:35 PM PST
I'm glad you found an answer.
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