I got this for my current sourdough obsession. I followed the sourdough recipe of the author in her blog and decided to try out her book as well. I leafed through it from front to back and liked the look of it and the bits I did read so far. This looks like a good beginner‘s book with clear instructions, with accompanying photos of how to knead, shape, etc…
It tickled my funny bone that she recommends Le Creuset as a dutch oven for baking… guess what I have sitting in my kitchen for roasts… score!
I raised my sourdough starter for almost two weeks and at the end of last week finally dared and made the Everyday Sourdough Bread. It‘s the first bread recipe in this book, aka the beginner‘s loaf.
And here it is, a little flat (I probably overproofed it), but with a crunchy crust and a mild, tangy flavour. Yay!
I am pleased with this book and it’s hands-on, practical recipes and and step-by-step photographs. Recommended! I will continue to work my way through its recipes.
The Good: Beautifully made book with pretty photographs. I like that it is sorted by yearly seasons.
The Not-so-Good: Complicated recipes with many steps, not for beginners. Many unusual ingredients. Very time-intensive recipes. A very complicated starter recipe. Explanations are very wordy. With lots of text. I prefer clearer instructions.
And the Critical-No-Go for me: All the recipes for making bread result in two loaves. I am single and have no freezer. What am I to do with two loaves?
So this book is pretty to look at, but mostly not usable for me. I will probably make some of the slightly simpler recipes in this at some point and then revisit my rating. Maybe I will even make one of the breads, giving one of the loaves away to friends as a present. But this will not become my go-to-book for bread making.
Luckily I found a much easier starter recipe online and now ordered that author‘s sourdough baking book. Review of that one to come!
Ok, so I fed my starter for the first time yesterday afternoon. This morning it was not so pretty and started looking like the Swamp Thing again. In the recipe I follow it says that when that discoloured „hooch“ shows up, it is time for feeding. So I did it earlier than planned.
This is from yesterday after the feeding:
And this morning:
I also found something black and tiny, that I fished out. Maybe a fruit fly? Couldn‘t tell… I added the rubber band to my mason jar for security…