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…