Years ago I had tried baking bread from scratch. It was a many-houred affair, what with the kneading, and the punching down, and the multiple rises (unless you’re making beer bread, but that’s another story)…well, I discovered that this is not the only way to make bread at home. A coworker told me about a book that explained a different approach. http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/ is the author’s website, and you can even find a video of the process (if you search around a little) there.
Well, I’ve never looked back. I’ve been making bread this way now for more than a year and it’s fantastic. There are several different recipes (there’s even a second book now, recently released by them and a third book in the works) in the first book as well as on the website, but even if you only make the basic recipe boule, I predict that you will be happy. My niece Ariana loves it so much that every time she visits me (or I visit her!) I have a bread freshly baked, ready to give her.
The book is: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.
Have any of you heard of this book? Have you tried the recipes?