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Knead to Know: The Real Bread Starter [Paperback]

The Real Bread Campaign
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1 Jun 2013
Whether you are a professional baker, a home baker who would like to turn a hobby into a career or just someone who loves Real Bread then this handbook is for you. It contains advice, recipes and insights from some of the country's most experienced bakers, millers and retailers. There are chapters on ingredients, how to make a bread starter, how to set up a community supported bakery, the bake house, equipment, courses and training and suppliers. Originally produced and published by The Real Bread Campaign, Grub Street is delighted to be adding this useful and informative book to its trade list to bring it to a wider market. The Real Bread Campaign was launched in 2009 to share the many values of real bread that have been lost in the quest for an ever cheaper loaf. It networks to bring farmers, millers, bakers and consumers closer together to create shorter food chains and support each other in making Real Bread available in their local communities and to aid bakers and other educators to share their skills, experience, passion and knowledge with children, caterers, professional and home bakers. One of the founder members of The Real Campaign is Andrew Whitley founder of the Village Bakery, in Melmerby in the Lake District and author of the best-selling Bread Matters. Since Andrew moved on from the business in 2002, he has run a training and consultancy company Bread Matters which moved to Lamancha in Scotland in 2012, where he continues sharing with people Real Bread skills, pleasures and benefits, as well as questioning the true costs of additive-laden alternatives.

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (1 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909166170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909166172
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 20.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Your book is brilliant!
--Lucas Hollweg, Sunday Times food writer, at the Abergavenny Food Festival 2011

Knead to Know could almost have been designed for the permaculture community. Not only is it a great look at the benefits of self-baking and eating 'real bread' but its joined-up thinking (the negative effects of mass produced bread consumption) ensures it is nothing short of essential. There is a great selection of real bread recipes and wholesome slices of advice and encouragement for you to explore traditional baking methods. --Permaculture Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars You really do NEED to know this 27 Jun 2013
By John W Pennell TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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For anyone starting out to bake for profit - or even in bulk for charity or the like - this is a MUST HAVE book.

It is not a book about how to make bread - that is it is not full of recipes but it full of well researched commonsense on all the things you need to know about starting a bakery with real bread - not the pap you get in Supermarkets.

There is a chapter on just about everything filled with quotes from people who have been there and done it.- and all written in such a way that it is all easy to understand. A real "tour de force"

If there is anything to criticize in this book it is the repeated statement that real bread only contains flour, water, yeast and salt - but of course your bakery or hobby does not have to follow that completely.and the rest of the book will enable you to leap the hurdles.of starting a small business

I bought this book because I want to help start a community bakery and this seems to be a complete guide.

If it were possible to give 10 stars then this book would get them.

LATER EDIT : oh Yes - and it really tells you how to use your sourdough starter in the real world - a huge plus
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book is for anyone seriously interested in bread and considering turning their interest into a small or cottage industry. It has guidance on starting a community bakery and making traditional breads without additives. As such it is similar to the early campaign for real ale, but for real bread. Since, over the years, CAMRA has had a genuine impact on the rise of micro breweries and something like a renaissance in traditional beer, this book may well have the effect of encouraging more people to have an interest in real bread and a better understanding of why this is important, not merely for a better tasting loaf, but also for reasons of health. The most disappointing aspect of the book is that the cost of setting up a small scale bakery is relatively high with bread ovens costing in the region of £15,000 and it would have been helpful to discuss alternative processes using combi ovens, (still quite expensive - from about £1800), or even wood fired ovens including those you can build yourself - but this may be another sort of book. There are 8 recipes for all of the basic bread types including sourdoughs as well as advice on setting up a business and marketing with lists of suppliers, courses for further training, useful links etc. and more besides. If you want to set up in business, this is definitely a book worth considering, while not being definitive; if you have serious interest in bread production, it is still interesting and worth a read, but might be less useful than books on. for instance, artisan bread recipes. I read this book with interest, but do not want to set up a bakery: from this point of view, some of the information is wasted on me and other information such as technical regarding the making of bread was only a small part of the book. In terms of the book's aims, to raise awareness and promote the production of real bread, it is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 19 Mar 2014
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Enjoying reading and have got lots of tips. Worth the £s for all the useful information on setting up and insurance and some of the things I might not have thought of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK 13 Jan 2014
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An excellent book which I would highly recommend it to other bakers who are considering expanding their hobby beyond the kitchen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 10 Sep 2014
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Great resource for bread bakers. The insight for someone wanting to open their own enterprise is helpful. Note, that the sources mentioned are for England.
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