Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Introduction to Make Your Own Fermented Breads (Paperback)

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Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Introduction to Make Your Own Fermented Breads (Paperback)


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Give your sourdough a healthy start—a sourdough cookbook from the creator of Breadtopia

Sourdough bread is iconic for its crispy crust, airy and springy crumb, and unique tangy flavor—and it all begins with a fermented, yeasty concoction called a starter. While the process may seem extensive, The Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners, brought to you by the owner and creator of Breadtopia, will show you how easy it can be to whip up a delicious array of artisanal sourdough breads with just a few ingredients, simple tools, and a little bit of patience.

This sourdough cookbook pairs simple instructions with tutorial photos, covering the first 6 days of bringing your starter to life and helping it thrive. Explore the science of how sourdough starters make bread rise along with how to prep your kitchen, plus tips and tricks you may have seen on Breadtopia. Then, try your hand at dozens of crusty artisan-style breads, flavored pan loaves, pastry, pizza, and even unique baked goods you can make with the leftover starter!

This sourdough cookbook includes:
  • Fresh start—With advice straight from Breadtopia, explore a walkthrough of making, feeding, storing, and reactivating starters, as well as what factors can influence fermentation and flavor.
  • Knead-to-know—This sourdough cookbook provides a complete walkthrough of bread baking, plus beginner recipes, a handy glossary, and troubleshooting tips for every step.
  • On the rise—The recipes in this sourdough cookbook, including some of the best from Breadtopia, progress from a Basic No-Knead bread to a more difficult Chocolate Babka so you can expand your skills as you go.

Enjoy the sweet smell of sourdough success with the The Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners.
ERIC RUSCH is passionate about making home bread baking (and especially sourdough home bread baking) as accessible as possible to as many people as possible through introductory-level how-to videos on the website,

MELISSA JOHNSON writes recipes and experiments with sourdough baking techniques for Breadtopia. She holds a BA in social studies from Harvard University, where she focused on cultural studies and media.
Product Details ISBN: 9781646118106
ISBN-10: 1646118103
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 180
Language: English
"I have been baking sourdough for a few years now and stopped for a while after my first child was born. When I first started baking sourdough, I read 4 books, saw dozens of videos about it, read many blogs, and got advice from several baking friends. I feel like all that knowledge I gained from all these sources is brilliantly condensed into the first 2 chapters of this book. It is a very easy read, and looking back, I wish this book has been available when I first started baking sourdough. " — Michelle

"Highly recommend this book. Wonderful for beginners. I have been baking bread for years but sourdough is new to me. I found this book very helpful and there are tons of recipes!" — R.

"I’ve wanted to learn how to make sourdough starter at home for years, and never managed to carve out the time to do it. I found this book inspiring and creative, reassuring ,and honestly fun. The author has such an enthusiastic and ‘you-can-do-it’ attitude that I really think anyone can succeed with the process of creating a starter and making good bread." — Annie

"What a great guide to anything sourdough. Approachable and comprehensive, it is a great book for any level sour dough enthusiast. No longwinded life stories nor unnecessary inspirational memories. Delicious, step-by-step recipe galore. First recipe I tried was the Cheddar Thyme bread. No kidding, it did disappear in minutes." — Aneta