Baking Artisan Bread – Emile Henry Baguette Baker

My baking game is sad this month. I have baked a few things including bagels, cakes. cookies and bars but I haven’t begun the all important holiday baking. Truth be told, I usually start that task after the 16th (my birthday), but this year – I’m even  farther behind. Today, I spent an hour gathering up ingredients and preparing my recipe list to start tomorrow. I also hope to work on my brioche for my next Modernist Bread post before the end of the year. Wish me luck.

While you all still have your baking mojo in full force, I have another related giveaway for you. Today’s book is Baking Artisan Bread with Natural Starters by Mark Friend, founder of Kansas City’s Farm To Market Bread Company.

For over twenty years, Kansas Citians have enjoyed the full-bodied, wholesome flavor of Friend’s bread. Now we can create our own artisanal sourdough, levain, rye, and biga at home. In four clearly organized chapters, this small but mighty book guides aspiring bakers from starter to warm, aromatic finish. After you master the four core recipes, there are variations for each to add to your baking repertoire.

Our   gives you a look inside this book and features the following 

Special thanks to the publisher Andrews McMeel for providing the materials needed for our preview and offering copies of this book for our giveaway below. 

Now for the bonus giveaway – for one member today we have an Emile Henry baguette baker in red. Let me tell you how I came about this extra cloche. I caved and ordered the baguette baker from King Arthur in linen (I already have a red one). It was on sale and I had a reward certificate so I felt less guilty about it and the linen color is just so pretty. When I received the baker, it was wrapped with two feet of bubble wrap at the top of the box and nothing on the bottom of the box and I’m sure you can guess what I’ll be saying next – it was broken. I contacted King Arthur, who sent me a replacement. When I received the replacement which was only wrapped once in bubble wrap in a smaller box, it was red. I didn’t want red, I already had the red. I emailed the customer service personnel at King Arthur who happen to be so wonderful and friendly! When they replied, they told me to gift this baker to someone for the holidays and they would send me the correct color!

King Arthur is my go-to for baking supplies. I’d love to someday take a class at their school in Vermont. Their classes and events are shared on our calendar.

Due to King Arthur’s and Jane’s generosity for okaying Eat Your Books coverage of  the shipping cost, we have a special giveaway below!


The publisher is offering a copy of this book and we are providing one Emile Henry baguette baker in red to one EYB Member worldwide. The publisher is also offering two additional copies in the US of the book. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Are you a bread baker? And if yes what is your favorite bread to make?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post and this forum post. Once you log in and enter your member name you will be directed to the next entry option – the blog comment. After that, there are additional options that you can complete for more entries. 

Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. This contest is only open to EYB Members (you do not need to be a paid member to enter). If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on February 5th, 2019.

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  • dadekian  on  December 22, 2018

    No, but I like to try!

  • hilarycooks  on  December 22, 2018

    I love making sourdough bread – my favourites are wholemeal or rye loaves. I haven't tried making baguettes yet, but oh, my, those Emile Henry bakers are pretty!!

  • BookWorm53  on  December 22, 2018

    This would go a long way to make me a regular baker.

  • lauriesk  on  December 22, 2018

    I'm not a bread baker, but I'd like to learn to be one.

  • davisesq212  on  December 22, 2018

    I only started making bread but my fav so far is honey white.

  • Lmocooks  on  December 22, 2018

    Yes. Rolls and white sandwich bread are my favorites to make. The rave reviews from my family is the best part.

  • ltsuk  on  December 22, 2018

    Pain-au-Lait pullman loaf!

  • desdemona246  on  December 22, 2018

    I am a bread baker and my specialty is Parker House Rolls & buttermilk white bread loaves.

  • Amdona  on  December 22, 2018

    Sourdough bread is my favorite

  • PQPantry  on  December 22, 2018

    Sourdough baguette

  • awesomepossum  on  December 22, 2018

    Jim Lahey’s no knead bread has been a favorite of mine for years. It never fails. The cheese version is also amazing.

  • riley  on  December 23, 2018

    Unfortunately I am not a bread baker, but I would like to be one. I would love to be able to make ciabatta and rye breads.

  • merkusje  on  December 23, 2018

    I love to bake sourdough with fruit and nuts

  • lorenza43  on  December 23, 2018

    I make some bread, but wouldn't consider myself a prolific baker, my favourite to make is Ciabatta

  • mjgarn  on  December 23, 2018

    Rye bread

  • FireRunner2379  on  December 23, 2018

    I bake bread and wish I was better at it. My favorite variety to make is sourdough.

  • Kristjudy  on  December 23, 2018

    Leahy no knead is a favourite.

  • stef  on  December 23, 2018

    I make no knead bread almost every weekend

  • Puguppy  on  December 23, 2018

    A whole wheat/oatmeal bread with molasses and honey

  • JRumi  on  December 23, 2018

    I've made bread a few times, and would like to make it more often.

  • vickster  on  December 23, 2018

    Bread baking is my passion and I have recently gotten into sourdough. I want to learn to make a good sourdough multigrain loaf.

  • pennyvr  on  December 23, 2018

    I love making pretzels, and eating them!

  • C_Richardson  on  December 23, 2018

    I love to make stuffed breads because people the surprise in the middle. My new favorite is Paul Hollywood's Chocolate and Cherry bread. Delicuous!

  • PanNan  on  December 23, 2018

    I love to make sourdough bread.

  • lpatterson412  on  December 23, 2018

    Making bread is one of my favorite things! This would be a ton of fun to have! I have started grinding my own flour and am trying to perfect making whole wheat bread currently!

  • cpattersongo  on  December 23, 2018

    I have a Rustic Bread I like to make when I think ahead. It is super easy, just have to let sit for about 12 hours after mixing. I also enjoy making the honey oat bread recipe from the Kitchen Aid directions. That recipe makes into great rolls, too.

  • AsTheNight  on  December 23, 2018

    I do love baking bread. I have a few favorites: challa, Italian white sandwich bread and ciabatta rolls.

  • colinf  on  December 23, 2018

    I like baking challah

  • veronicafrance  on  December 23, 2018

    Baking sourdough has become my true passion! I bake all our bread using my trusty 5-year-old starter. My default option is a mixture of organic white and spelt, but I also adore every recipe I've tried from Carol Field's Italian Baker, especially wholewheat and honey rolls. I would love to win this baguette baker!

  • matag  on  December 23, 2018

    Yes. Rustic Italian

  • Roxy12  on  December 23, 2018

    I have baked bread on and off since childhood. My current favorite is a sourdough rye loaf.

  • Katklinger  on  December 23, 2018

    My favorite breads are the overnight long rising breads. We also buy Farm to Market breads when we are in KC.

  • stpbcyld50  on  December 23, 2018

    Yes! I love to use a poolish/biga and love to make babka

  • twinreader  on  December 23, 2018

    Sourdough is the best

  • janv  on  December 23, 2018

    I like making muesli bread

  • thecharlah  on  December 23, 2018

    I have very limited bread making experience, but would love to learn how to make a good sourdough.

  • mlanthie  on  December 23, 2018

    Not much of a bread baker but love trying. I like Rye bread.

  • southerncooker  on  December 23, 2018

    I take baking bread by spells. I once almost cooked my way through Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day. I've been so busy working lately haven't found the time to make bread much but I do love baking bread and fresh bread in my house.

  • ebs  on  December 23, 2018

    Yes, I love baking bread! My 2 favorites to make are a cracked wheat bread and challah bread.

  • sequoia55  on  December 24, 2018

    I also use a poolish/biga to make babka

  • barbarapalermo  on  December 24, 2018

    Rustic Bread

  • ktowle  on  December 24, 2018

    I am not a bread baker but would love to learn. I am tired of the same old choices at the market and I'm finding my digestion system might be sensitive to gluten. Anything whole wheat and dried berries would be nice to make.

  • Ramtallen1  on  December 24, 2018

    I come from a long line of bakers! I am just entering the game late in life. My fav are yeast rolls! I am looking to expand my repertoire to artisanal breads.

  • Ramtallen1  on  December 24, 2018

    I come from a long line of bakers! I am just entering the game late in life. My fav are yeast rolls! I am looking to expand my repertoire to artisan breads.

  • KarenGlad  on  December 24, 2018

    Yes but haven't been too adventuras so far. White dinner rolls and no knead white bread are my go to recipes. Need to expand my bread horizons.

  • Laura1  on  December 24, 2018

    Yes. Challah's what I make most often, but my favorite is a nutty, seedy whole wheat bread.

  • amylou61  on  December 24, 2018

    I'm not much of a bread baker, but I have experimented with baking a round loaf of white bread. My goal is to become better at it and bake it more often.

  • Veronik  on  December 24, 2018

    I’m a hobby baker. Mostly sourdough, nut I also endeavour to make baguettes every so often. It’s pretty hard to find good baguettes outside of France.

  • CynthiasCooking  on  December 24, 2018

    When I was in college I baked bread regularly. But that was decades ago! Since then, except for spurts here and there, I've baked only quick-breads. More recently I've made a few batches of no-knead bread (which is great, except that kneading is one of the pleasures of making bread if one has the time). I love those crusty outsides and chewy insides of artisan bread and lately I've had the urge to do it more often – and to go beyond the no-knead. I really like working with whole grains and seeds, for flavor and texture.

  • sarahawker  on  December 24, 2018

    Yes, currently trying my best to work with sourdough.

  • hillsboroks  on  December 24, 2018

    I recently began branching out from standard white breads to rye breads.

  • BMeyer  on  December 24, 2018

    rustic Italian

  • mpdeb98  on  December 24, 2018

    Cinnamon raisin

  • demomcook  on  December 24, 2018

    I love baking and shaping special challahs for the holidays. I make a lemon-vanilla that the family seem to enjoy very much.

  • LaurenE  on  December 25, 2018


  • Dannausc  on  December 25, 2018

    I occasionally bake bread. Mostly I make banana bread, but I’d like to expand my horizons.

  • Yarnia  on  December 25, 2018

    Oatmeal bread from laurels kitchen

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  December 26, 2018

    I'm a beginner bread baker. My favourite is a simple white French bread.

  • annieski  on  December 26, 2018

    Wow, it varies. I like to bake sourdough as a regular bread for toast and sandwiches. I bake alot of rye. I also really enjoy baking pain de mie for grilled cheese or toasted for BLTs or cut into quarters for tea sandwiches.

  • Siegal  on  December 26, 2018

    I like making challah

  • kitchenclimbers  on  December 26, 2018

    I love making no-knead bread in my dutch oven

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  December 26, 2018

    I'm still learning but I love pull-apart breads.

  • trudys_person  on  December 26, 2018

    I love making any kind of bread, but a recent favourite has been English Muffin Bread. It's a quick sandwich loaf and I think the recipe is from King Arthur Flour. I'm hoping to take course on sour dough soon …

  • Terrill  on  December 26, 2018

    I bake bread but by no means consider myself a bread baker! I love to bake any crusty bread!!

  • rchesser  on  December 26, 2018

    Favorite bread to make is Babka

  • Alleycat  on  December 26, 2018

    I have been mostly a quick bread Baker to date, and also lots of cinnamon rolls. 201o is my yeast year! I really want yo bake fresh, artisan bread. I love sourdough.

  • Vanice  on  December 27, 2018

    No, but my husband is

  • radhablack  on  December 27, 2018

    I love making sourdough rye bread!

  • lmatz  on  December 28, 2018

    No, but I would like to try

  • dellacparker  on  December 28, 2018

    I love sourdough anything!

  • jifar  on  December 28, 2018

    I have been baking bread for a while and my favourite bread to bake at home is a malted grain and walnut loaf

  • ravensfan  on  December 28, 2018

    Irish soda bread

  • Steben  on  December 28, 2018


  • percussion03  on  December 28, 2018

    Bread is one of my favorite things to make at home. I like making enriched breads and rolls, but would also like to learn dense seeded whole grain (rye especially) loaves.

  • bdmltm  on  December 28, 2018

    I love to bake, but I've never tried making ciabatta. That would be top on my list.

  • dtremit  on  December 29, 2018

    Been baking a lot of bread lately — mostly naturally leavened sourdough and the Japanese milk bread from KAF!

  • MiMi60  on  December 29, 2018

    I am learning to bake bread. So this book would be a great addition to my collection.

  • AnneOther  on  December 29, 2018

    I am a bread baker, although I confess that I use my bread machine more often than hands-on bread baking. My favorite bread is to make is rye, with ground caraway rather than seeds. So good!

  • rusthawk  on  December 30, 2018

    I am more of a bread-baking novice. I like making biscuits and will venture into loaves every so often. I'm really interested in learning more in this book.

  • JJWong  on  December 30, 2018

    I'm a quick bread maker: banana, corn, zucchini, etc…, but I want so badly to bake bread. This would be a catalyst for me to start!

  • LMK  on  December 30, 2018

    I make yeasted bread at least once a week. Commercial yeast occasionally but mostly stick to wild yeast. I like baking crackers, cheese puffs, etc. too. I've had that Emile Henry baker on my wish list for a while!

  • debbiehb  on  December 31, 2018

    Ciabatta bread

  • ghill  on  January 1, 2019

    Basic wheat for me, but husband dreams about sourdough bread. So usually make both wheat and sourdough.

  • Karen.2018  on  January 1, 2019

    I'm not a very experienced bread baker but when I do bake bread I like just a basic whole wheat.

  • t.t  on  January 1, 2019

    I love making all kinds of bread, but I'm still trying to perfect sourdough…

  • toshio1959  on  January 1, 2019

    We make natural yeast sourdough loaves… recipe from Peter Reinhardt.

  • Shelley.b  on  January 1, 2019

    French bagette

  • Lisasa  on  January 1, 2019

    Challah is my go to

  • banba1  on  January 1, 2019

    I do bake bread, but not as often as I like! My favorite recipe to do (i.e. eat) is parker house rolls.

  • iza27  on  January 2, 2019

    Proud sourdough baker for 3 years now. It's hard to choose a favorite, breads, rolls….. and sweet things.

  • stitchan  on  January 2, 2019

    As a novice baker, I consider my olive herb bread is most palatable.

  • thewoobdog  on  January 2, 2019

    I'm not a breadbaker yet (although I've made dessert breads and pastries), but now that we're finally in our new house with our new kitchen, making my own bread is one of the things I want to make a habit of in 2019!

  • popoff  on  January 2, 2019

    I LOVE bread. Homemade is the best.

  • PQPantry  on  January 2, 2019


  • tarae1204  on  January 3, 2019

    I'm not an adept bread baker. I've made no-knead bread successfully.

  • ket06e  on  January 3, 2019

    I make sourdough but would love to branch out and try more!

  • kmn4  on  January 3, 2019

    I am a novice, but would like to recreate my grandmother's stollen recipe.

  • fionajk42  on  January 3, 2019

    The only bread I know how to make is soda bread, which I make with plain yoghurt.

  • jmay42066  on  January 3, 2019

    I make bread occasionally and my favorite is rye.

  • lapsapchung  on  January 4, 2019

    We bake all our own bread. My husband makes brilliant sourdough, especially one with fennel seeds and raisins in it, which is our everyday bread. I like to experiment a bit, I'm currently trying to perfect milk bread and today I'll be making ciabatta.

  • klrclark  on  January 4, 2019

    I love making Challah and rye.

  • tomarto  on  January 5, 2019

    I am an occasional bread maker, mostly because it intimidates me. This book would go a long way to giving me more confidence!

  • ChefPauli  on  January 5, 2019

    Ciabatta or Sourdough!

  • pokarekare  on  January 5, 2019

    Sourdough is my favourite!

  • v.t  on  January 6, 2019

    I'm a wannabe bread maker lol! Go in fits and starts, but my most successful have been the 5 minute artisan bread. Love sourdough

  • chellanne  on  January 6, 2019

    Another wannabe bread maker, love the idea, and make a great foccaccia but could definitely do with more inspiration and guidance.

  • docpetra  on  January 6, 2019

    Yes, I am a bread maker. I bake German style sourdough loaves, and my favourite are loaves with seeds such as sunflower, linseed or pumpkin seeds. I am still struggling with baking sourdough with a more open/bubbly structure, such as baguettes or ciabatta (the German style ones are more dense/smaller pores). More practice needed in this department. The baguette maker would be a fantastic help.

  • ChefcindyS  on  January 6, 2019

    I occasionally make a no-knead bread and would like to try others

  • Livia  on  January 6, 2019

    Ciabattas, Soda bread, naan and pitta bread … more to learn

  • upstatemissy  on  January 6, 2019

    I am a bread baker. My favorite to bake is honey oat loaves. I know the recipe by heart now which makes it easy.

  • rsgrandinetti  on  January 6, 2019

    I would like to try making San Francisco sourdough boule

  • Nrshelley  on  January 8, 2019

    No, but I'm a bread eater and I would love to try to make the french loaf.

  • vinochic  on  January 8, 2019

    not a bread baker, but really want to learn how, specifically yeast free.

  • hirsheys  on  January 9, 2019


  • Karla123  on  January 9, 2019

    Yes, I am a bread baker, and I love to make sourdough bread.

  • ldtrieb  on  January 10, 2019

    I bake bread in fits and starts. Right now lately Ive been using sourdough starter, some rising right now for baking later tonight.

  • Amandaspamanda  on  January 11, 2019

    I have a go-to artisan base bread that i use for rolls, pizza dough, or big crusty loaves. I love it!

  • lgroom  on  January 11, 2019

    I have an onion herb bread that I can bake in my sleep. My go-to gift bread

  • Kblg  on  January 11, 2019

    Raisin challah.

  • Joyceeong  on  January 12, 2019

    Yes, I'm a bread baker. My favourite bread to bake is Sandwich Bread

  • Francisa  on  January 12, 2019

    I have made bread a few times, would like to do so more frequently. My favorite is rye.

  • leilx  on  January 12, 2019

    I haven’t found my rhythm with bread yet which is why I need this book! Right now my favorite is pita bread.

  • elsid22  on  January 16, 2019

    Basic italian bread… That's my groove

  • SuzyP  on  January 17, 2019

    I love making bread. Just started to experiment with sourdough. My favourite bread to bake is Ciabatta.

  • edyenicole  on  January 17, 2019

    YES! French bread 🙂

  • RSW  on  January 18, 2019

    No but would love to start with sourdough

  • ckbkcollector  on  January 19, 2019

    I'm a beginner bread maker. I have tried whole wheat bread.

  • Mariarosa  on  January 20, 2019

    I'm a novice bread maker but I have successfully baked a kalamata olive bread. Yum!

  • Ishtar  on  January 22, 2019

    I’m an occasional bread maker. I enjoy making focaccia with different toppings.

  • tennyogirl  on  January 22, 2019

    I am, challah is one of my favorites.

  • Amdona  on  January 23, 2019

    Sourdough breads are my favorite to make and eat

  • GillB  on  January 23, 2019

    Always wanted to make a good ciabatta

  • purviska  on  January 24, 2019

    Yes. Whole grain breads are my favorite

  • jezpurr  on  January 26, 2019

    I make bread, I don't have one that I favor, and there are many I've never tried to make!!!^_^

  • luccio  on  January 27, 2019

    Currently, soda bread using kefir.

  • MachelleH  on  January 27, 2019

    1, 2, 3 sourdough boules

  • Emmydee  on  January 27, 2019

    So many to choose from, but this week it's sourdough walnut & date.

  • dusksunset  on  January 27, 2019

    I bake most of the loaf bread I eat. My favorite is half whole-wheat (with King Arthur flour) with sesame seeds.

  • Sabrina5000  on  January 27, 2019

    Baguette and that beautiful red bread maker. Oh my

  • biro  on  January 27, 2019

    I bake all my bread myself. Favourites? White bread (natural ferment), rye, pide, foccaccia, soda bread, naan, …

  • EmilyR  on  January 28, 2019

    Yes – baguettes take me back to Paris.

  • Sfgordon  on  January 28, 2019

    I don't bake bread that often but it's become a tradition to make an onion-poppy seed filled braided bread at thanksgiving. I'd like to recommit to keeping a sourdough starter and doing more bread baking.

  • shelleyroppe  on  January 28, 2019

    I used to bake a ton of bread when I was younger. I got out of the habit but would love to again. I would always make baguettes in college from scratch when I was supposed to be studying for a test. LOL But that was 25 years ago. I love every kind of bread – from super hearty filled with seeds and different grains to basic homemade white bread with jam on it!

  • silversand  on  January 29, 2019

    I'm an aspiring one! Sourdough is my favourite to bake

  • KarenDel  on  January 29, 2019

    I do bake bread, my favorite is Dutch oven bread

  • starzine  on  January 29, 2019

    Yes, homemade dinner rolls.

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  January 30, 2019

    have never baked bread, so this book would provide the inspiration to do so

  • Kellyr78  on  January 30, 2019

    Yes, I like to bake sourdough bread.

  • Elena Rose  on  January 31, 2019

    I make challah every week, but I would love to branch out into baguettes and sourdough

  • Sand9  on  February 1, 2019

    No, but I would love to start baking bread – have a recipe for a no knead bread I'd like to try x

  • LABeachGal  on  February 1, 2019

    I love making soda bread!

  • Lrc_nz  on  February 1, 2019

    Yes- I like making a rye baguette for something different

  • cheftina888  on  February 2, 2019

    I love all kinds of breads – sweet and savory so it's hard to pick just one. definitely a baguette and a sourdough bread

  • Sionna  on  February 2, 2019

    I do make bread but I haven’t found a fail safe recipe yet. I make gluten free white or brown bread for me and brioche or white bread for my family. My husband is french so I would love how to learn to make a good baguette for him.

  • floridagld  on  February 2, 2019

    Love this giveaway. I love Emile Henry Products and my new years resolution was to concur dough, bread and pizza in 2019! I am a great cook/baker for the most part.
    First up, if I can find a recipe are restaurant style rolls back in the early 80s. There were a dark pumpernickel and onion roll. I have looked high and low for a recipe. Delish.

  • artthecat  on  February 2, 2019

    Dilly bread!

  • Dendav  on  February 2, 2019


  • Roosta  on  February 2, 2019

    Sourdough bread

  • fionahw  on  February 2, 2019

    Have my sourdough starter at the ready but haven’t had a lot of success. What I enjoy making though are Hot Cross Buns

  • Ingridemery  on  February 2, 2019

    I love baking and my go to is a sourdough, with about 30 per cent spelt four, baked in a boule

  • JP  on  February 2, 2019

    No, dont know how to start

  • dprice  on  February 2, 2019


  • kelleyfewer  on  February 3, 2019

    I don't bake bread yet, but I'd love to learn!! My favourite bread is a sourdough

  • chasteph  on  February 3, 2019

    Cranberry-orange sourdough boule

  • roxlet  on  February 3, 2019


  • dbielick  on  February 3, 2019

    I love to make Dakota bread

  • sallansd  on  February 3, 2019

    I've only baked soft breads – my favorite is zucchini bread.

  • ljkish  on  February 3, 2019

    I don't make it very often. I like to make raisin bread.

  • brigs03  on  February 3, 2019

    I am a wanna be bread maker. My favorite so far is pepperoni rolls, a WV specialty.

  • littleliv  on  February 3, 2019

    Wholemeal honey walnut loaf

  • chimpbob  on  February 4, 2019

    I love making Ciabatta bread

  • Lafauvette  on  February 4, 2019

    Yes, I love making foccacia

  • uk2nl  on  February 5, 2019

    pitta bread is very satisfying to make, and my daughter's favourite

  • RickPearson54  on  February 5, 2019

    Yes, ciabatta

  • Etf1975  on  February 5, 2019

    Ciabatta is my favorite.

  • MirandaAK  on  February 5, 2019

    Ciabatta is a go-to, but I am also working on perfecting sourdough English Muffins.

  • marsmomma  on  February 5, 2019

    Yes I'm a baker. I really like to make ciabatta and quick breads.

  • auntietina  on  February 5, 2019

    I make sourdough a few times a year (should be more), and cinnamon rolls every year for Christmas morning.

  • nadiam1000  on  February 5, 2019

    Yes Challah but I would love to master baguettes

  • eileen2015  on  February 5, 2019

    Love making artisan bread.

  • susankay  on  February 5, 2019

    Yes, I bake bread. I make English muffins more than any other bread. I have some new sourdough starter that I plan to bake with, too.

  • happybread  on  February 5, 2019

    My user name is happybread, and, yes, I am a baker. Not the best in the whole, but very enthusiatic. My favorite is sourdough baguette.

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