Book Review: Wild Sourdough the natural way to bake by Yoke Mardewi
This book is about using sourdough starters and yet has very little information on how to make a starter or how to care for a starter. This is a serious omission in a book in which all recipes are dedicated to the use of a starter. I bought the book to learn more about starters and then have a host of recipes. Unfortunately, this book did not provide the basics for getting a starter going.
Also, the book seems to have missed a careful editor's eye. In several recipes, the instructins say use ALL the ingredients, and yet half way though the recipe, you are instructed to add one of the ingredients at this point. So adding ALL the ingredients is not what the author really meant.
Other instructions are confusing - like shape the loaves as desired, followed by inistructions to roll the dough into a rectangle....
The book is from Australia so most of the weights are gram and ounces, but not all.
I would not recommend this book. It seems to be written by someone who is probably an excellent bread maker, but needs more practice in writinig cookbooks. While it is attractive - which is what made me buy it - I'd wait until the revised version is printed to correct many of the flaws and omissions.
Hopefully the revised version will have details on making and using a starter!!