By William Alexander
William Alexander is set to bake definitely the right loaf of bread. He tasted it some time past, in a restaurant, and has been attempting to reproduce it ever for the reason that. with no good fortune. yet now he’s going to aim again—every week for one year—until he will get it correct. he'll bake his peasant loaf from scratch. and since Alexander is not anything if no longer thorough, he particularly capability from scratch: transforming into, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his personal wheat.
Alexander’s usually hilarious quest takes our (anti)hero via risky again alleys of Morocco, the place he bakes his loaf in an old communal oven; to Paris, the place he enrolls within the cours de boulangerie on the famed École Ritz Escoffier; to a monastery in Normandy, the place (his loss of French and religion though) he turns into bread baker to the clergymen; and eventually to his personal yard, the place he builds a lopsided brick oven and learns that perfection is simply a mind set. Alexander additionally takes us alongside on interesting visits to yeast factories and flour generators, seeks suggestion from grasp bread bakers, captures wild yeast to make his personal levain, and enters the baking contest on the long island nation reasonable.
An unique tackle the six-thousand-year-old staple of lifestyles, 52 Loaves explores the character of obsession, the meditative caliber of formality, the futility of attempting to re-create anything ideal, our deep connection to the earth, and the mysterious intuition that makes each individual on this planet, despite tradition or society, reply to the aroma of baking bread.