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Maggie Glezer's New Book

KyleW's picture

She of Artisan Baking Across America fame has a new book out. It's called A Blessing of Bread: The many Rich Traditions of Jewish Baking Around the World This is really good stuff. I was fortunate enough to be one of her recipe testers for the book and can attest to their quality.


This goy had his eyes opened to the world of Jewish bread beyond challah. THere are multiple variations on the challah thing as well as other breads from all over the place. Each recipe is accompanied by the folklore surrounding its origin.


If you're looking to expand your bread horizons, and get a little Judaism folklore to boot, this is a great book!



 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry


Edited 11/26/2004 7:32 am ET by KyleW

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #1 of 64)

Sounds very good, thanks, Kyle.


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Marcia's picture

(post #62622, reply #2 of 64)

Thanks, Kyle. This is just the kind of thing that I find interesting - food and history combined.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62622, reply #3 of 64)

on my list - thanks!


What fun being a tester!!


"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune."  Carl Jung

 

KyleW's picture

(post #62622, reply #4 of 64)

What fun being a tester!!


It was :-)


 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #5 of 64)

I was thinking that too.
How many recipes did you test for her?



Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child


Edited 11/27/2004 9:14 am ET by schnitzel

KyleW's picture

(post #62622, reply #6 of 64)

My guess is somewhere around 50 +/-. Lots of variations on themes. It was an invaluable learning experience!

 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

deejeh's picture

(post #62622, reply #7 of 64)

How did it come about that you tested recipes for her?  Not that it's any of my business, but I'm curious how the connection was made.


deej

KyleW's picture

(post #62622, reply #8 of 64)

There I was, minding my own business, and she appeared in my Inbox! She had somehow found my website and asked my if I would like to test for her. I asked her if it was a trick question :-)

 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

deejeh's picture

(post #62622, reply #10 of 64)

How cool!


deej

Jean's picture

(post #62622, reply #11 of 64)

Wow, I'm impressed! And here I thought I had all the books I need. Wrong again.

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #9 of 64)

WOW, you're amazing!
I would not have guessed that many, gee, that's a lot of bread. LOL


Looking forward to this book, I'm fairly ignorant on the subject of Jewish breads.
I've only made Challah and Jewish rye.

Hate to put you on the spot, but...
Is there any recipe in particular you can recommend that I absolutely must try?


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

KyleW's picture

(post #62622, reply #12 of 64)

Is there any recipe in particular you can recommend that I absolutely must try?


Sophie's Choice? :-)


 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #13 of 64)

I understand.


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #14 of 64)

I REALLY like this book!
There are so many interesting breads I've never seen before.

My first attempt was the Deli-style rye bread, halving the recipe worked fine.

And as this bread cooled, it crackled so lovely, "alligatoring."  ;·)


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

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Jean's picture

(post #62622, reply #15 of 64)

That's beautiful, Amy. Good job!

Veni, vidi, velcro        I came,  I  saw,  I stuck around.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #18 of 64)

Thanks, Jean!
I should've mentioned that it tastes great too.


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Wolvie's picture

(post #62622, reply #16 of 64)

very nice!


And you ARE a brat - I knew you'd get your books first! ;-)


I had those emails of shipment on Sunday, too. sniff sniff


"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune."  Carl Jung

 

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #19 of 64)

Oh, Wolvie! That is so unfair, my book order from Overstock arrived on Thursday!
You poor thing... <sniff, sniff>


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Wolvie's picture

(post #62622, reply #20 of 64)

ooooh - you are bad. ;-)

"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune."  Carl Jung

 

KyleW's picture

(post #62622, reply #17 of 64)

Awesome looking bread! Pass the pastrami please :-)

 


There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". D.Barry

 

At weddings, my Aunts would poke me in the ribs and cackle "You're next!". They stopped when I started doing the same to them at funerals.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #21 of 64)

Thanks, Kyle! Ooooo, pastrami <drool> ...yes!

And I just bought a HearthKit so I'm a little excited. ;·)


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

MadMom's picture

(post #62622, reply #24 of 64)

Beautiful loaf, and you will love the Hearthkit!

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #25 of 64)

Thanks, MM!


The HearthKit is really neat, I love it! Arrived on Thursday, made biscotti.
Made pizzas Friday night, rye bread yesterday and a cheese souffle for supper...fabulous!


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Wolvie's picture

(post #62622, reply #27 of 64)

have you tried the pizza dough from Bread Baker's Apprentice? It's my fav - even without the kit.


My imagination boggles as to what it will be like *with* the kit!


"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune."  Carl Jung

 

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #29 of 64)

Yes I have, it's very good.
Although lately I've been using wild-yeast for pizza dough, just a bit different.

I got the HeartKit temp to 525° and the pizzas cooked to perfection in 8 minutes.


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Wolvie's picture

(post #62622, reply #26 of 64)

you are going to be the death of me - that kit is on my Christmas list! :-)

"Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, 'Something is out of tune."  Carl Jung

 

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #28 of 64)

LOL... Well, you see, the opportunity sort of arose when DH said he wanted to buy a hunting rifle. So I just let him know what I wanted. Seemed only fair, how could he say no?  ;·)


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

deejeh's picture

(post #62622, reply #22 of 64)

Beautiful-looking loaf...


deej

schnitzel's picture

(post #62622, reply #23 of 64)

Thanks, deejeh!


Amy W    Cooks Talk T&T Recipes

"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude."  Julia Child

Marcia's picture

(post #62622, reply #30 of 64)

That's very professional looking - just mouth watering.