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This book is where I finally found the herb and salt crusted bread which was so popular around my home town when I was growing up. Finding that recipe was the end of a long quest, finding that long-lost recipe took me 30 years or more! There are a lot of interesting-looking recipes in this book, I've tried several with good to excellent results. A sampling of breads which range all the way from a copycat "Wonderbread" recipe to scones to artisan-style breads made from some of the more esoteric whole grains you can find in grocery stores nowadays. Sourdough purists will probably find fault with the author's method for making a sourdough starter from scratch, the hardcore sourdough people don't seem to approve of using dry yeast as part of the starter. There are a few books on the market that deal with sourdough in a much more sophisticated way, so if you aim to become the ultimate sourdough warrior, you should probably keep looking. Also, don't expect much in the way of photos.
I own so many bread books and doubted that I needed another - and yet can't resist so I bought one more, this one. I used one of the recipes right away and was VERY pleased with it. Even just for that one recipe alone, I am glad to have bought the book, but there are MANY good ones. It has been a very pleasing addition to my "bread book library."
I bought this kindle book because I was interested in doing some baking. I only got it a few hours ago and was browsing through the recipes. I noticed a problem with the kindle edition which I think needs to be addressed. In several recipes there are fractional measurements which are missing. For example, some recipes request "/ cups cornmeal", "2 / cups milk", etc. I may have to return this book for the print version if this cannot be fixed.
The opening pages of the Kindle version of this cookbook contain some good information on baking bread. Unfortunately, the recipes are not all usable because some of the ingredients are incompletely measured. 1 1/2 cups might be rendered with only the /2. This is not useful. It's too bad, because these seemed to be good recipes. I would certainly be interested in getting an updated and corrected copy.
This book is filled with interesting recipes, but the product does not translate well to the ebook format. Looks like the pages were simply scanned from the print version, and quantities of ingredients in fractions are sometimes impossible to read. I purchased three e-format cook books at the same time, and will not purchase any more.