52 Loaves: A Half-baked Adventure

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Algonquin Books, 2011 - Cooking - 339 pages
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William Alexander is determined to bake the perfect loaf of bread. He tasted it long ago, in a restaurant, and has been trying to reproduce it ever since. Without success. Now, on the theory that practice makes perfect, he sets out to bake peasant bread every week until he gets it right. He bakes his loaf from scratch. And because Alexander is nothing if not thorough, he really means from scratch: growing, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his own wheat.

An original take on the six-thousand-year-old staple of life, 52 Loaves explores the nature of obsession, the meditative quality of ritual, the futility of trying to re-create something perfect, our deep connection to the earth, and the mysterious instinct that makes all of us respond to the aroma of baking bread.

 

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Alexander's memoir about baking bread left me cold. I didn't connect with him on any meaningful level. I'm a baker- a dilettante to be sure- but I never felt the sort of connection with the dough I ... Read full review

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User Review  - NellieMc - LibraryThing

I loved this book - so much so, that I went out and bought The $64 tomato. Obsessive, compulsive, driven, but also reflective, thoughtful, and intelligent - Alexander comes through as a very complex person. I certainly wouldn't want to marry him, but I'll read anything he writes. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
I Vigils
5
II Lauds
17
III Terce
67
IV Sext
127
V None
169
VI Vespers
211
VII Compline
297
Recipes
325
A Bakers Bookshelf
335
Acknowledgments
341
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William Alexander lives and bakes in New York s Hudson Valley. He is the author of The $64 Tomato. Find him online at www.williamalexander.com.

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