Hello! I'm a first year undergraduate student at LSE studying law, trying to bake bread while at university. The site has been fascinating me for a couple of years now, but it's only recently that I've really gotten into the bread baking habit and am now seeking to improve my bread skills. Throughout the years, I have realized that a lot of forum members are from America.. It would be nice to hear from fellow Britons :)
I look forward to learning much from all the experienced bakers here.
Also, I bought the river cottage handbook on bread more than a month ago, but find it rather lacking now as there isn't any mentions about bigas/poolish/preferments etc. As I am interested in baking with a variety of flours (wholewheat, spelt, rye), can anyone recommend a good book that would deal with that? I thought about BBA, but from what I hear, a lot of it uses white bread flour. Would his newer WGB be better? Bertinet is also quite well-known in London (if not for the cost, I would be tempted to attend a breadbaking course conducted by him) and he has written a number of books. Thoughts are appreciated!
also, here is a brioche that I baked recently using the River Cottage Handbook.