Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making by Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman

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  • Overnight grain and fruit Loaf

    • eliza on December 08, 2019

      This made an excellent grain and fruit bread. My grain mix included oats, millet, flax seeds, and red quinoa, and I used dried cherries for the apricots. I also adapted the recipe to use my starter instead of yeast, so I scaled back the flours and water to account for that. I did have to add about 1/3 cup extra flour as my dough was just a little too soft. Rose dough overnight at room temp and baked as usual for no knead bread (cast iron pot 400-425 for 30 min, lid off for 10-15 min). The resulting bread is sweet from the fruit, moist inside with a nice crust. Will definitely make again.

  • Pizza bianca di Forno Campo de' Fiori

    • AlexH on October 31, 2019

      I sampled the Roman Pizza in a class last week with Daniel Leader. It’s super easy and fabulous!! We had it simply with olive oil, chopped, fresh rosemary, and Maldon salt. We also had it with a simple tomato sauce. Perfection! This is such a gorgeous, well written book full of interesting recipes and interviews with bakers.

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  • Eat Your Books by Jenny Hartin

    ...delivers 60 recipes inspired by bakers from around the world. A culture of flour, water, and yeast begins the journey to amazing creations.

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  • ISBN 10 0735213836
  • ISBN 13 9780735213838
  • Published Oct 01 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 368
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Avery

Publishers Text

The major new cookbook by the pioneer from Bread Alone, who revolutionized American artisan bread baking, with 60 recipes inspired by bakers around the world.

At twenty-two, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of bread baking in the back room of a Parisian boulangerie, and he has loved and devoted himself to making quality bread ever since. He went on to create Bread Alone, the now-iconic bakery that has become one of the most beloved artisan bread companies in the country. Today, professional bakers and bread enthusiasts flock to Bread Alone's headquarters in the Catskills from all over the world to learn Dan's signature techniques and baking philosophy.

But though Leader is a towering figure in bread baking, he still considers himself a student of the craft, and his curiosity is boundless. In this groundbreaking book, he offers a comprehensive picture of bread baking today for the enthusiastic home baker. With inspiration from a community of millers, farmers, bakers, and scientists, Living Bread provides a fascinating look into the way artisan bread baking has evolved and continues to change--from wheat farming practices and advances in milling, to sourdough starters and the mechanics of mixing dough. Influenced by art and science in equal measure, Leader presents exciting twists on classics such as Curry Tomato Ciabatta, Vegan Brioche, and Chocolate Sourdough Babka, as well as traditional recipes. Sprinkled with anecdotes and evocative photos from Leader's own travels and encounters with artisans who have influenced him, Living Bread is a love letter to the practice of making "good bread" and a cutting-edge guide.


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