I’m beginning my bread baking journey just in time for summer thanks to Sam Fromartz’ memoir In Search of the Perfect Loaf : A Home Baker’s Odyssey
. Baking bread is an intimidating task. I’ve tried making my own sourdough starter around three times. Every time I have, I’ve ended up with a glass jar of grey liquid that smells like moldy moonshine.
But since reading Sam’s journey in bread baking, all the way from Paris to California to Berlin–I’m inspired to try again. And if you feel like you need a kick in the pants to get on the homemade bread train, I’d highly recommend reading this book. It’s inspiring, informative, and most of all, it’s given me the confidence to believe that I can create my own style of bread. I’m aiming for big wholes in the crumb, a really crisp, chewy crust and lots of tangy sourdough notes. Because that’s what I like. And if I’m going to make bread–I’m going to like it! Wish me luck. And I’ll leave you with this awesome excerpt:
“To make a sourdough starter, remember, you are a farmer, not a cook! You are creating the conditions for your microscopic animals to live happily. If you keep that in mind, the process will go a little more smoothly.”