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Books and articles

February 27, 2018 - 6:05pm -- Pinheiro

Hi everyone!

I'm graduating at Culinary School and I need to write a paper, so I decided to write about the history of bread.

But we don't find many gastronomy books that aren't recipe books where I live (Fortaleza, Brazil).

So, if anyone could give me any suggestions of books or articles that I could quote, I'd be really thankful (specially PDFs).

I'm thinking about structuring my paper somewhat like this:

1. The beginning of bread

1.1. The rise of agriculture and wheat

1.2. The creation of bread

2. Bread and society

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Sourdough in literature

February 23, 2018 - 11:19am -- Portus

I recently had reason to look up a poem, “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Roger Service, who spent part of his working life in the Yukon in the early 1900s.  He published several volumes of poetry (maybe doggerel is a more charitable description?), one being “Songs of a Sourdough”, which earned him over $100 000.  The ultimate verse of this poem reads:

These are the simple facts of the case, and I guess I ought to know.

They say that the stranger was crazed with "hooch," and I'm not denying it's so.

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Artisan baking in Mandarin

January 19, 2018 - 5:39am -- jeffmaughan

Hi all,

i am shortly going to visit my girlfriends parents in Taipei, Taiwan.  I was wanting to give her dad a gift of a book on artisan-style baking.  However given his English is poor the book would have to be in Mandarin (preferably traditional Mandarin but simplified would do as well).


Does anyone know if such a book exists?


jeff Maughan

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Should I add the bread bible (rose levy) to my library?

December 27, 2017 - 6:48am -- bakedbaker

Hey all, I own

The bread bakers apprentice

Flour water salt yeast 

New artisan bread in 5 minutes


Tartine bread .

I got the itch to add a new book to my collection. I'm not looking for beginner books, but one with new recipes and/or methods. I've been making bread for some time and made just about every thing in these books. I was eye balling The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Would that book be worth $20 to me or would it be redundant knowledge from my other books? Any other book recommendations would be great. 


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ISO Bread Machine Textbook (not a cookbook)

December 24, 2017 - 11:36pm -- JustJoel

I bought a bread machine a few months ago. I love it. I can use the timer function to have a simple French bread loaf filling the the house with aroma when I wake up in the morning, or I can make a more complicated loaf using a starter, using the dough setting, then forming the dough by hand, proofing it, and baking it with whatever method. I’m obsessed, I admit it! (Last year it was canning, and the year before, it was sous vide.)

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Hitz's Baking Artisan Pastries & Bread- which edition is best?

November 19, 2017 - 11:08pm -- MontBaybaker

Which is better:  the 2009 or 2012 edition?  I've seen some reviews that mention errors in the 2012 edition that are the fault of the editor.  It's frustrating to waste time & ingredients on incorrect recipes, and having to track down the errata. 

I'd also love general feedback on this book.  It seems like a good one to add to my collection.  Thanks!  

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New Book by Martin Philip

November 9, 2017 - 3:43am -- SteveB

Martin Philip, the head bread baker at King Arthur Flour, just came out with a new book, 'Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes.'  More than just a bread book (although it does contains many great recipes and discusses bread-making techniques specific to the home baker), it is the story of one person's return to his roots through baking.  A very interesting read.



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