"52 Loaves" is the title of a book I found yesterday at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in Omaha, NE. It's written by William Alexander, the writer who did another book "The $64 Tomato" about his home gardening experiences. I haven't read the book but did skim enough of it that I thought it might be of interest to the community.
Mr. Alexander went out to dinner one night and had an epiphany about bread. He tried what the resturant called a Rustic loaf and decided to learn how to bake bread. The book details how he spent the next year learning about bread in his search for the crispy crust, aveolar and translucent crumb, and the other goals that I've been working on myself.
Retail on this smallish volume is around $24USD for a hardback copy. Amazon has it for just over $16USD. If I can't get a copy through the Kansas interlibrary loan program, I'll wait for the paperback. This looks like the kind of book you could read at the beach or even finish on a long airplane trip. It may be what I need to help keep my view of baking in perspective. I welcome comments on the book from any one that has already had the chance to read it.