I just returned from Europe and I've got to say that I don't think I'll be able to eat typical American bread for several weeks. In Europe the bread that is served each day was baked that very morning. In the USA the bread that we eat was grown in a lab with several tasty artificial flavors and preservatives, then it's bagged so it can sit on the store shelf and later in the kitchen for weeks. Yuck!
The good new is it doesn't have to be that way.
All over America (and Canadia) people are returning to the old artisan craft of bread baking in wood0fired ovens.
This blog is dedicated to my love of wood-fired ovens and most every thing that emerges from them. I'll use this blog to post interesting articles and links to sites that I feel are worth while, and if all goes well I may even get around to building an oven too!
In recent years, a revived and burgeoning interest in wholesome, locally baked bread has swept the country, with bakeries springing up in small towns and major urban areas alike, producing an astounding variety of interesting, crusty, tasty, handmade breads. The Bread Builders explains the grains and flours, leavens and doughs, the chemistry of bread, and the physics of baking in a big book filled with helpful drawings, photographs, recipes, and tips. In a unique angle for a book on baking bread, it also includes detailed diagrams and instructions for building your own masonry bread oven from scratch. As Laurel Robertson, author of The New Laurel's Kitchen says, "This book is ice cream for a baker! We visit legendary bakeries, meet wonderful people, learn all sorts of fascinating scientific information with practical usefulness in bowl and oven, and best of all, get the skinny on masonry ovens, the cherished fantasy of us all." The enthusiasm of the authors in their search for the perfect loaf of bread permeates this detailed but lively and accessible book, and will offer much of use to both amateur and professional bread makers. --Mark A. Hetts
Alan Scott's essential The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens
Here's a link to The Bread Builders book for sale on eBay
They have an active forum, links, recipes, photos and lots more.
Here's a few links to my favorite things on their site:
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