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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
Checked this one out from the library before buying it. I don't buy many books, but this one was worth it! Read morePublished 1 hour ago by windeela
This is the companion book for "Beyond the Basics with Natural Yeast " by Melissa Richardson. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sheerah Israel
I learned a lot from this book. It is very well written and full of a lot of practical information. Thank you for the time and effort that went into writing it.Published 15 days ago by Lisa Sutton
There is an email address in the book, that you are supposed to email for a free starter. I tried 4 or 5 times with no response. The book is okay. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Meash
Yeast is supposed to be cultured and not grow by yourself like the author said, that sounds very unsanitary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ariel
This is a great cookbook, lots of good recipes, really good stories about using natural yeast, the benefits of it etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Brown
Thourough instructions. Great photos. Even an enjoyable sense of humor! It all makes for a a usable reference book. Well done. MilesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer