I love bread. I love the way it tastes, I love the way it feels. I love its versatility, and I love the way the perfume of baking bread fills a house and makes it smell like a home. Making it, on the other hand, intimidates me… it’s always appeared as real work, with yeast appearing to be one of the most temperamental of ingredients in the kitchen. Until now. Edward Espe Brown’s revised edition of the 1970 classic approaches bread making in a manner that makes me want to spend a day just staying home and making breads of all sorts.
Containing recipes for yeasted and unyeasted breads as well as muffins, a variety of desserts, butters, and frostings, this book is the perfect companion to The Complete Tassajara Cookbook, which I reviewed not too long ago (click on the title for its review). Complete with beautiful, color photographs of the various breads and desserts contained within its pages, this book takes the work out of bread baking and inserts a level of warmth and respect for the process of making bread itself without making it feel like years of experience in the kitchen is necessary before taking on this activity.
Highly recommended for anyone regardless of how much cooking experience you have; it made my list of top books of 2009. From Shambhala Publications and available from your local, independent bookseller. (Shop local and independent, and tell them you saw it on Elephant Journal!)
hot on elephant
The story behind the Elephant-headed God. 426 shares Visual Yoga Blog: Refresh your Eyes the Yoga Way. 171 shares Boomers vs. Millennials: Will We stay the Course or Change It? 400 shares Instead of Sabotaging another Relationship, here’s how to Run into your Fear. 1,017 share Join: Elephant’s Winter 2017 Academy. 12 shares September’s Black Moon: The Rare, Powerful, Feminine Goddess Lilith. 36,736 shares Will & Grace are Back after 10 years & it’s the Funniest 10 minutes of Election Commentary Ever. 15,485 shares The Benching Mind-F*ck: Worse than Ghosting. 1,878 share October Energy Forecast: Prepare for Limitless, Unconditional Love. 7,377 shares The Fourth Kind of Love. 2,516 shares