Wild Bread

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Lisa Rayner; 2009, 170 pages, comb binding, printed on 100% recycled paper

Wild Bread is much more than just another bread cookbook.

Have you ever wanted to bake San Francisco sourdough, crusty French artisan loaves, dense Russian ryes, Italian ciabatta, Indian naan, pita bread, great homemade pizza crusts, soft whole wheat sandwich bread, bagels, sweet doughs, Ethiopian injera crêpes and much more?

This book explores what goes on inside dough as it is transformed from water, flour, wild yeast and probiotic bacteria into the kind of bread that makes your mouth water. You may never be satisfied with ordinary bread again. Once you learn what factors affect aroma, flavor, shape, crust and crumb, you too will be transformed — into an artisan. Wild Bread encourages your creativity and provides the basic principles you need to bake any bread you desire without needing a recipe. Wild bread also explores baking bread sustainably in solar cookers and wood-fired earth ovens.

Wild Bread teaches you how to make authentic whole grain sourdough artisan breads that are easy to knead by hand and make in the variable temperatures and humidities of an ordinary kitchen.

  • Part I explains the science and care of sourdough ecosystems.
  • Part II explains how to make bread, including how to grind your own wholegrain flours and bake artisan-style breads in a home oven.
  • Part III contains instructions for making a variety of artisan loaves, flatbreads, pan breads, batter breads, sweet rolls and more—from wheat, rye and gluten-free whole grain flours.
  • Part IV introduces you to the world of sustainable bread baking, with an exploration of energy-efficient solar cookers and wood-fired earth and brick ovens.
  • Part V contains a variety of information to improve your bread baking, including commercial sources for authentic sourdough culture, bread troubleshooting tips, sources for sustainably-produced grains and flours, and books and DVDs on sourdough and artisan bread baking.


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  • From Dennis at 10/3/13 4:40 AM
    • Hi,
      Is this book avaiable as a ebook?

      Cheers
    • Wild Bread is only available in print.
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  • From Bev at 4/6/13 2:40 PM
    • Des this book teach how to start your own culture from scratch or does it rely on purchased starters?
    • This book includes instructions on how to capture your own sourdough culture from the air. Information on preparing the dough and baking bread applies to both wild and purchased starters.
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  • From Nita at 1/25/13 2:03 PM
    • Can you use a bread machine for these recipes?
    • The recipes are not specifically designed for bread machines but you should still be able to use your machine for kneading.
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  • From PJ at 5/9/12 12:04 PM
    • Is there egg or dairy in the recipes?
    • There are no recipes that we have found that contain eggs. There are a few recipes however that do contain milk.
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  • From ana at 1/29/12 5:44 PM
    • is any sourdough starter GF in this book?
    • There are no GF recipes in this book, but you can find many in another book we offer: The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking by Sharon Kane.
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  • From Melissa Naasko at 4/27/11 11:14 AM
    • Are the recipes for baked goods that have 100% soured flour? I am really interested in the product and the write-up looks great, but I am trying to focus 100% soured recipes.
    • Yes, these recipes are for baked goods that use entirely sourdough starter - no commercial yeast.
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Great book Review by Deb
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This is a great book for those who want to learn about the history and care of sourdough culture. I encourage anyone who I share my culture with to purchase this book. (Posted on May 10, 2014)
Interesting book Review by HarryK
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I found the book interesting and well worth reading. Lots of helpful tips, that will make you stop and say, "So that's what I have been doing wrong."

If you love baking bread and are new to baking with sourdough, I feel sure you will find this book very helpful.

I keep a copy of this book in my office. When I need a break from the computer, I pick up the book and review a few pages. I keep finding tips that I missed the first time. (Posted on November 10, 2013)
Interesting information, but disappointing recipes Review by Liz
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The description of this book made it sound great, but I was overall disappointed. The recipes are very general and are vegan or vegetarian (which is not clear in the description). I like like to include milk, eggs, and butter in my baking. I was looking for something with specific recipes, but it just had a lot of basic guidelines.

Good things about the book include an interesting history, some good tips on caring for your starter, and good baking guidelines.

After reading it through, this book is probably just going to sit on my shelf until I can resell it. I found other books to be more helpful. (Posted on January 11, 2013)
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