While both a bit of a travelogue and a collection of recipes, Maggie Glezer’s book “Artisan Baking” offers the reader a depth on insight into the mindset of bakers who strive to keep the art of bread baking alive while competing with Big Business bake factories for the soul of the average person.
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The original 2000 hard cover version of the book was titled “Artisan Baking Across America: The Breads, the Bakers, the Best Recipes” and can still be found but for rather steeper prices. In this 2005 soft-cover version, Glezer travelled across the US and visited artisan bakeries both large and small to interview the people who’s passion for hand crafted breads is evident. many of their personal stories are described along with their philosophies.
Beautifully photographed, the book gives behind-the-scenes glimpses into each bakery and lets the reader feel as if they’ve stepped into the warmth and wonderful aroma that is to be found in these oases of tradition and care.
A lovely book to have even if you don’t bake but love bread, it’s even more rewarding to ‘bake along’ with the artisans and produce a variety of beautiful loaves.
The book includes 35 varied recipes from 22 different bakeries. The recipes are given in volumes, ounces, grams and baker’s percentages.