English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David

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Bread facinates me.  I would go so far as to say it is my all time favourite food.  I love the different textures and flavours that bread has, the smell when it cooks, I love it fresh and also when it’s toast.  I also know for some bread can be something that is a dietry challange and for most of us the idea of baking bread regularly at home goes into the too hard basket.  Throughout history though, bread has been defined as a staple of life and it’s place at our table and in our culture is an important one.   Just ask Marie Antoinette about its effect on life.

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I’ve been inspired for this month’s book choice by all the wonderful bloggers out there that I follow that are currently challenging themselves with different breads and thought the timing might be right to delve into this book; English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David.  I’m aware of there being other bread bibles out there, but I picked this one because I love the history that David embues into her books.  It helps me to feel like I’m on a journey, practically in a history class or reading a novel only it’s illustrated with recipes instead of images.

For the technically minded this book covers the importance of different grains, different flours for different recipes, how to make your own yeast and the storage of bread and flours amongst other details.   This book is not just limited to bread making with yeast and nor does this book limit itself just to bread making itself, so I hope there is something that each of us can take and experiement with and bring to our monthly book club.

elizabeth david1If this is your first encounter with The Cookbook Guru then make sure you check out how we work and how you can get involved with out monthly book club here.  We love new members and sharing our foodie creations with each other.

I can’t wait to see what we pull from the oven this month,