A long time ago, my friend Talia was singing the praises of this book called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. She works for the publisher, so I didn’t immediately run out and buy it, but I was curious enough to borrow it from the library and experiment with the recipes. (picture below from Barnes and Noble website)
Talia wasn’t exaggerating.
Before I go further, I should explain something about my approach to cooking. You see, in order for a recipe to be of any value to me, it must fulfill two criteria. First, it has to be easy. And second, the resulting food has to look and taste like it took a vast amount of effort.
Artisan Bread delivers. The basic recipe is so simple and so delicious that I seldom bother making any of the others. Those instructions alone are worth the price of the book. And I’m not even much of a baker.
We make this bread all winter long, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have fresh, crusty, European style bread whenever we want it. (It actually looks better than this, but you get the idea.)
I’ve also shared the book with friends, most of whom have since gone out and bought it.
I don’t even get a kickback — merely the joy of sharing good food with others.