Title: Perfecting Sourdough
Author: Jane Mason- writer, baker, social entrepreneur.
I had high hopes for Perfecting Sourdough from the start. The 160-page hardback is the third of Jane Mason’s books after she set up Virtuous Bread in 2010 to help people make, find and learn about good bread.
Personally, I find bread totally underrated. That sounds ridiculous, I know, but it’s true. There are so many different flavours, textures and consistencies which you just can’t achieve with other baked goods. It compliments all sorts of dishes and actually can be a lot of fun to make… when you know how.
I know when I first started baking, the idea of baking bread against cooking an impressive tiered cake when paired up with the time and effort required seemed like a no-brainer. Bread requires work it’s true, but you can taste every last little bit of effort you put in.
I find that baking bread sometimes requires a little helping hand, and Perfecting Sourdough provides just that. It’s easy to follow, and is perfect for bakers who want to step into the realms of baking with starters and wild yeast.
The book guides you through the simple process of making and keeping sourdough starters whilst encouraging you to find your own style and embrace the learning experience… something I love! I really enjoy being able to put my own spin on things, and this book is perfect for that.
Chapters are dedicated to each time of sourdough which in turn helps you develop your knowledge of bread- I didn’t know that many different types of sourdough existed before reading this book. It covers everything from step-to-step instructions to troubleshooting advice and also advice on equipment and ingredients- the perfect guide for bakers who are just entering the world of sourdough.
*The products in this review were kindly gifted to me, but this does in no way influence my fair and unbiased reviews*