That’s just how important to life bread is – it’s compared to love! And just like the title of Jane Mason’s new bread book, with a nod to the Beatles and with more veracity than anything, “All You Knead Is Bread” will have you falling in love with bread baking all over again.
And that’s just what I needed. I’m a bread baker, or so I like to think of hopefully ending up as one. It comes back a few years, when I attended culinary school and had the chance to fall in love with bread for the first time. Our bread baking classes were so hands on, we would take 20 pound buckets to the dorm room, which contained our sourdough mothers that needed to be fed throughout the weekend. We baked bread for the entire school: by hand and in mixers; gluten-free and gluten-full; all-American breads and International doughs.
Having my hands in raw bread dough, a simple mixture of flour, water, and yeast – made me content. Just writing this I feel relaxed, because bread dough does that to me. It’s not even the final result that excites me – it’s the process of hand kneading a dough, feeling the living bread in between my fingers is an action I’d never give up.
So when I received “All You Knead Is Bread” by Jane Mason, I knew it’d be a book I’d eventually bake all the recipes from. Jane has a way with words, with scaling down any technical terms and talking to you like she’s a good friend that’s teaching you the wonders of dough. And mind you, she’s not teaching you any doughs. She’s put together over 50 recipes from around the world in this book and sprinkled the recipes with her own love.
The concept is genius, since every single country in the world has their own traditional breads. Whether it’s a daily loaf on the table to go with dinner or the special doughs that only pop up during the holidays – every single country has a devotion to their own recipe and that’s what Jane has captured.
The more than 50 recipes aren’t all, as Jane has also demystified how-to knead, explains the ingredients, talks about the history of the loaves, and guides you on a world tour through the eyes of the bread bakers in each country.
Disclosure: Review copy of this book was received free of charge from publisher and under no terms was I expected to post about it. I have shared it with you because I loved it. Opinions 100% my own, as always.