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CONTENTS
 
The Starter
The Ingredients
The Sponge
The Two Things You Must Always Remember
The Dough
The Rising
The Baking
Final Facts
 
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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
 
I first learned to love this bread while visiting the Community of the Ark, a utopian society founded in France by an Italian disciple of Gandhi. On my return home, a friend taught me how to make the same bread -- or pretty close. Some further experimenting ended up with the method in this booklet. If you've made other breads, you'll find it refreshingly simple. No matter how much of this bread I've eaten, I've never grown tired of it.
 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Simple Productions (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mayer Goldberg on April 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT

This book is a printed edition of what had previously been an electronic book (PDF) sold here on Amazon. This is a very short book, for a very low price. It contains all the information you need to start making sourdough bread TODAY. You do not need to purchase yeast or sourdough starter. You can add many additional ingredients for taste & texture, but you can get by with flour & water alone if you wish.

This is NOT a cookbook, in the sense that you will not find dosens of recipes here. You will find only one recipe and the author will present you with several (simple) variations on it. There are many books on making sourdough breads that come with dosens of recipes. If you feel this is what you need -- skip this one. I didn't and I'm very happy I got it. Read on...

WHY I LIKE IT

Rather than merely listing recipes, this book TEACHES you all you need to understand about sourdough. You could say, "the theory of sourdough". It explains in great detail what is dough, why dough rises, what are yeast, what kinds of flour exist and how to pick the ones you want, what is sourdough, how a crust is formed, etc. If you read this book, you will actually learn a few things, rather than have some mindless recipes to follow. Once you understand this ONE SINGLE

recipe, you will be able to improvise and invent and modify it to create countless delicious variations. All on your own, all without any additional help.

This book will make you independent:

- You only need four and water and salt. You don't need to buy yeast or sourdough starters. Ever.

- The recipe works. Period. I've made my third batch last week, and the results are getting more and more delicious with each try.
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If you want to make naturally leaven bread with wild yeast you can make in your kitchen, Simple Sourdough is the essay to read. I love the idea of making something from nothing, and the concepts I gleaned from this booklet grounded me in the basics of sourdough bread making.

My whole-wheat starter (as described in this book) is bubblier and more active than a starter I tried to cultivate with store bought dry active yeast! It takes much patience to make this work, but it's well worth the effort. I make the tastiest bread, for little cost or trouble, and my family loves the results.

Simple Sourdough is not a book of recipes; it's pages filled with a concept to sourdough bread making that can be expounded on with a cook's initiative and imagination. I would recommend this booklet to anyone who wants to make sourdough simply for years of enjoyment.
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WHAT IS THIS BOOK
First off, you should understand what you're buying: You're buying a PDF file that can be viewed in Acrobat, printed, etc. It will take several hours for your order to go through (why, Amazon??) and you will be sent an email with a download link. The document, this file, is 12 pages long. A total of 3 pages in this book will have nothing to do with making sourdough bread (cover, about the author, etc), so in fact, you're paying $ for 9 pages of information. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy the book -- it just means that this is a very small book (at a very low price), and that you should be aware of this up front so that you're not disappointed. Of these 9 pages, there is quite a bit of fluff (and I don't mean dough); I think these 9 pages could have easily fit in 5.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK NOT
This is NOT a cookbook, in the sense that you will not find dosens of recipes here. You will find only one recipe and the author will present you with several (simple) variations on it. There are many books on making sourdough breads that come with dosens of recipes. If you feel this is what you need -- skip this one. I didn't and I'm very happy I got it. Read on...
WHY I LIKE IT
Rather than merely listing recipes, this book TEACHES you all you need to understand about sourdough. You could say, "the theory of sourdough". It explains in great detail what is dough, why dough rises, what are yeast, what kinds of flour exist and how to pick the ones you want, what is sourdough, how a crust is formed, etc. If you read this book, you will actually learn a few things, rather than have some mindless recipes to follow. Once you understand this ONE SINGLE recipe, you will be able to improvise and invent and modify it to create countless delicious variations.
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After years of trying to make sourdough bread I found Mark Shepard's webpage recipe for a sourdough starter. Three days later I had a wonderful bubbling starter. Then I bought the book and now I am making the best bread I have ever made, and what is more, the best bread I have ever tasted. This bread is 100% whole wheat with the great sour taste of the best yoghurts and kefirs. Warning! It is addictive. But what a fine healthy addiction to have.
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I need to pay attention so that I don't write in this review more than this book's content. Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit, but this is a brochure with 16 pages, left-side pages contain only some decorative drawings, and on the other 8 the writing is rather big and covers only 60% of the surface, so it feels very airy. I'm not saying this is good or bad, just that's the way it is.
The book is basically a simple recipe - how to make a tasty and natural bread just using whole wheat, salt and water. You don't need any yeast - that's the special part, the yeast-like micro-organisms are being collected from air (which means that the taste depends on where you live and make the bread).
It is named "sour" because there is a stage where you let the yeast "eats" the gluten (wheat sweetness), the result being a pre-digested (and more sour) and tasty product, easier to assimilate, especially by people who otherwise have a gluten allergy. Sourdough breads are healthier than other breads.
He explains how it works, where you can make variations (he even suggesting some ideas) and ends up explaining that until 150 years ago this was he way bread was made, but commercial baking had people stop carrying their own yeast and made them buy it (or even buy the entire bread).
It's easy to make bread, now I know it first hand, and actually it was the first I made any kind of bread. If I did it (with a yummy tasty result), then anyone can do it.
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