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Children (adults too!) are deeply impressed by the alchemy of how yeast turns flour, water and salt into bread. Creating something to eat from such basic ingredients is real life magic. It is an unforgettable experience to bake a beautiful loaf. It touches all our senses as well as feelings of accomplishment, wonder and joy. Baking bread is meaningful work that teaches a diverse set of skills and offers bountiful rewards.
But this is more than a recipe book. Baking bread without engaging the imagination is hard work. Add imagination and the activity becomes fun and deeply nourishing. I have collected a store of multicultural tales, songs and blessings to bring baking to life. This is so vital that I have sandwiched the recipes between them.
After sharing recipes and a lively bread culture of stories, songs and poems, I offer suggestions for bread-related projects and educational activities. This section will be of special interest to teachers, adventurous parents and home schoolers. I start with instructions on how to build an earthen bread oven.
In the chapter 'Enlivening the senses' I explore how our human senses develop and the role that bread-baking can play in supporting their healthy growth. The following chapter includes suggestions for incorporating bread-baking into the school curriculum. From mathematics to nutrition, creative writing to geography, baking bread can bring a vast array of subjects to life.
I then dedicate a chapter to the seven traditional grains that feed most of the world's people. Each grain has a unique story to tell, connected with its origin, mythology, nutritional profile and the people that rely upon it. Each one has helped shape specific cultures, diets, customs and rituals. The grains are central to understanding world civilisations. Included are menu suggestions for how to incorporate all of these grains into a healthy and varied diet.
Home-baked bread creates a healthy alternative to industrially produced sliced white bread. The chapter 'Factory-made bread - wheat sensitivities, allergies and coeliac disease' has suggestions for finding the diet that best suits you, including recommendations for using grains other than wheat. I also examine some of the health issues surrounding food today and share some nutritional insights.
Nice book but a bit hippy, old fashioned looking but I liked it. It was for a gift and I don't think it would have been appreciated so I'm keeping it for myself.Published 2 months ago by Sue Owen
Such a great book. I found it so useful - I made a very successful sourdough starter from the recipe in this book. Very easy to followPublished 2 months ago by Zoza