Three new bread books
I returned from my trip to find three new books waiting for me.
The first is A Passion For Bread  by Lionel Vatinet, who runs La Farm Bakery  in Cary, North Carolina. It is a very attractive books with lots of step-by-step instructional photos of things like shaping and scoring loaves. There is a good selection of bread recipes, including sourdough and some whole grain recipes, and also some non-bread recipes for things like pesto sauce and soupe à l'oignon.
The second book is Baking By Hand  by Andy and Jackie King, proprietors of A&J King Artisan Bakers  in Salem, Massachusetts. Another pretty one, with a premise I like: that you can make great artisan bread without any special gear.
The recipes are broken down into sections called "The PM Baker" for sourdoughs and things that take a long time and "The AM Baker" for things baked in the morning shift. There are also some delicious looking pastries and tart recipes included.
The third book is a new edition of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day , which I have written about previously . The new edition has more photos, a new FAQ section, and a new chapter on gluten-free baking.
I've not had a chance to bake from or dig deeply into any of these yet, but expect to see them in your local bookstore soon.