Prospect Books' best seller is this handy instruction manual for the ultra-keen breadmaker and DIY enthusiast showing how to build a substantial bread oven in the yard or garden. Together with detailed plans (which do not omit a single block or brick) and a step-by-step specification, the book doubles up as an essay on English bread baking in ...Read MoreProspect Books' best seller is this handy instruction manual for the ultra-keen breadmaker and DIY enthusiast showing how to build a substantial bread oven in the yard or garden. Together with detailed plans (which do not omit a single block or brick) and a step-by-step specification, the book doubles up as an essay on English bread baking in previous centuries, with special reference to the hardware, equipment and working methods. There is plenty here to interest the reader who is not necessarily going to embark on the building project. The book was first published in 1997 and has had an annual printing since then. It sells at much in America as it does in Britain, although British sales have definitely increased in the last few years. There are other books on the subject, but few give as much historical context. The history of bread is something which is almost entirely ignored in current literature, greatly to its disadvantage. The book closes with a couple of recipes. It was never meant as a cookbook; there are plenty of alternatives, including the same author's Baking Bread at Home (Phoenix). But the enthusiasm for good bread, and for baking it yourself, is still growing and is well served here.Read Less
Size: 23.4 x 15.7 x 0.7 cm; Condition good. Today's bread lacks the taste of former times-partly due to the flour and the short time taken in making and maturing the dough, but mainly because of the oven. Bread is cooked in hot air, or steamed to death; it never has the chance to develop the crackling deep crust, or capture that indefinable aroma of wheat that comes from making bread slowly and baking it in brick. In the ancient world, ovens were invented solely for baking bread, and the design, materials and methods of firing of ovens still working in the Greek countryside-and those which stand ruined in village squares in the Dordogne-are essentially the same as those that baked bread for Julius Caesar. Written with the novice builder in mind, this book describes the stages of construction of a brick oven for the garden, with no fire hazards, no major structural problems and no planning difficulties. Detailed plans and illustrations are provided. Further chapters describe how to fire and run such ovens, and give recipes for basic breads and pizzas, and there is an additional section on restoring and running old ovens, thousands of which which survive in farmhouses across Britain.
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