52 Loaves: A Half-Baked AdventurePaperback
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- Publisher: ALGONQUIN BOOKS OF CHAPEL HILL
- Format: Paperback | 339 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 28mm | 340g
- Publication date: 25 October 2011
- ISBN 10: 1616200502
- ISBN 13: 9781616200503
- Sales rank: 484,598
William Alexander is determined to bake the perfect loaf of bread. He tasted it long ago, in a restaurant, and has been trying to reproduce it ever since. Without success. Now, on the theory that practice makes perfect, he sets out to bake peasant bread every week until he gets it right. He bakes his loaf from scratch. And because Alexander is nothing if not thorough, he really means from scratch: growing, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his own wheat. An original take on the six-thousand-year-old staple of life, "52 Loaves" explores the nature of obsession, the meditative quality of ritual, the futility of trying to re-create something perfect, our deep connection to the earth, and the mysterious instinct that makes all of us respond to the aroma of baking bread.
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"Alexander's breathless, witty memoir is a joy to read. It's equal parts fact and fun . . . Alexander is wildly entertaining on the page, dropping clever one-liners in the form of footnotes and parenthetical afterthoughts throughout." "--Boston Globe"