Good Bread Is Back

Good Bread Is Back

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In Good Bread Is Back, historian and leading French bread expert Steven Laurence Kaplan takes readers into aromatic Parisian bakeries as he explains how good bread began to reappear in France in the 1990s, following almost a century of decline in quality. Kaplan describes how, while bread comprised the bulk of the French diet during the eighteenth century, by the twentieth, per capita consumption had dropped off precipitously. This was largely due to social and economic modernization and the availability of a wider choice of foods. But part of the problem was that the bread did not taste good. In a culture in which bread is sacrosanct, bad bread was more than a gastronomical disappointment; it was a threat to France's sense of itself. By the mid-1990s bakers rallied, and bread officially designated as qbread of the French traditionq was in demand throughout Paris. Kaplan meticulously describes good bread's ideal crust and crumb (interior), mouth feel, aroma, and taste. He discusses the breadmaking process in extraordinary detail, from the ingredients to the kneading, shaping, and baking, and even the sound bread should make when it comes out of the oven. Kaplan does more than tell the story of the revival of good bread in France. He makes the reader see, smell, taste, feel, and even hear why it is so very wonderful that good bread is back.Afterdivisioncomesboulage, orpreshaping, anintermediatestepbetween weighing and shaping. ... The experts say that even to bring off a good mechanical turn, a#39;a#39; you first have to sense how the dough reacts to manual shaping.a#39;a#39; The shaping machine mimics the phases of the manual turn: sheeting (where the rollers are placed closer together or farther apart depending on the dougha#39;sphysicalstateanbsp;...

Title:Good Bread Is Back
Author:Steven Laurence Kaplan
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2015-01-19


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