Sep 17, 2012

On Baking Bread | And the Bakers who Inspire Us

There is something special about reading bread cookbooks. Here are a few of my favorite quotes.

"And if you're not careful, the bread can take over your life." Nancy Silverton

"What the new, young American bakers have discovered.... is that there are many layers of flavor hidden within the four ingredients of flour, water, salt, and yeast.... using bakers' tricks that are both ancient and modern, layers of flavor emerge as if from one of those magic-eye, three-dimensional, there-it-is, wait-where-did-it-go paintings." Peter Reinhart

"This is the most frustrating and ultimately satisfying thing I discovered: Bread is alive." Nancy Silverton

"If you choose the best ingredients, handle them properly, and learn to understand your dough as it develops, then you are approaching the process as an artisan." Daniel Leader

"In short, to be successful, the baker must be able to think like a yeast spore, and sense things like lactobacilli." Jeffrey Hamelman

"We have so much, too much, that we can buy, yet the basic labor of doing, the making with our own hands, is what enlivens us and makes us feel human." Dan Lepard

"As with anything else worth learning, you get better with practice. Nothing you can buy at a store will give you as much satisfaction." Nancy Silverton

"To find this bread, I would have to learn to make it. Thus began my search for a certain loaf with an old soul." Chad Robertson

"You must use all of your senses to be aware of the dough, the environment, and your own mood." Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree

"Bread is alive. What's more, bread can even seem to have emotional reactions to the way you treat it." Nancy Silverton

"The challenge and the tasty, tangible reward make bread baking a great pleasure to experience - and to share." Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree

I love these quotes... although I don't think I've mastered the art of thinking like a yeast spore, and sensing things like lactobacilli!

These photos are taken with a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens at aperture 3.5, shutter speed .002s, ISO 800.
I am participating in My Diverse Kitchen's Exercise in Food Photography #5: Adding some life to your photograph!

1 comment:

  1. This is priceless, and something that all devotees of bread-making will appreciate!


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