BReD by Ed Tatton [7/10]

A desire to bake sourdough loaves of quality but with outstanding purity of ingredients (just flour and water) brought me to BReD: Sourdough Loaves, Small Breads, and Other Plant-Based Baking by Ed Tatton, an English baker in Canada, and his wife. This is not a book for everyone, because it is detailed and fussy and a labor of love, but I can heartily recommend it for those with the baking bug. It is an artisan’s loving presentation (the imagery and typography are stunning) of vegan versions of loaves, from the basics (which turn out to be complex) of looking after a sourdough starter, and then on to incorporating a starter in a mixture with flour, water, and other ingredients, and then on to mixing, proofing, shaping, and baking. The loaf I made was magnificent and I was hooked. The author/baker progresses to different loaves, boules, buns … even pizza and flatbreads. From there one climbs the summit to muffins, brioches, hot cross buns, even cakes and scones. All 100% vegan, not that you’d know it from the taste. BReD is a wonderful resource and companion.

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