What I’m Reading

This month, I’ve been busy doing some research for the Sourdough Challenge we’ve started at the forum on Easter Monday.  The first part — creating the starter — has just ended, although a few of us are yet to finish with the preparations.  We are going to start baking together on Monday, the 1st of May and I can tell it’s going to be a lot of fun.

The Rustic Sourdough I baked yesterday to prepare for the next part of the Challenge. This is another good loaf, part rye/wholemeal/white flour from my favourite Wayne Gisslen book. I think we’ll be having this on regular rotation.

Here’s my reading list for the month of April:
A whole heap of sourdough and artisan bread books from the library. Simply too many for me to list. A few odd books thrown in this stack too for Donuts, Sewing, and General Cookery. Not in photo is Bread Revolution by Peter Reinhart (a book of the same title as the one in photo, but much better and by a different author). My knitting is near the back — it’s a Super Easy Lap Blanket from Purl Soho using Bendigo Woollen Mills’ Luxury Autumn 12-ply.

The Millionaire Next Door (2016 ed.) by Thomas Stanley (cited in the latest Barefoot Investor book) was finally available for me at the library, so I’ve been leafing through that too.  I find some of the behaviours identified quite interesting.  I am not sure, though, if the figures have been updated, and at times the author tends to repeat a point too often.

Risotto with Nettles by Anna del Conte became available at the library again so I am reading through it when I’m resting.  Julie and Julia by Julie Powell is waiting in the wings.

A second batch of the other day’s baking challenge (Hokkaido Milk Toast), double the recipe this time, and shaped into 4 snails by 3 loaves. Definitely a hit with the Little Miss who has declared them “the best toast ever”. No relation to this post, I know.

Lastly, I have been referencing (again) One Magic Square and Outside the Magic Square by Lolo Houbein for ideas on planting groups this month and next.

What have you been reading this month?  I always love to hear about books that people find interesting — I often wish I lived in a house full of wall-to-wall bookcases!

6 Replies to “What I’m Reading”

  1. That’s a large stack of books for one month! I’ve never attempted a sourdough, so I will be curious to see how it turns out for everyone on the forum. I recently read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and now I’m reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

  2. The Yoke Mardewi book I have is Wild Sourdough by Hand. I have only made one loaf from there so far though. I must see if our library has some of the other books.

    1. Nanna Chel I made one loaf from there recently and I wasn’t too pleased with it. From memory it was the pain de mie but I’m not so sure now. The one with yogurt was okay but I think that was from the Sourdough book (2nd one). I am thinking of trying one of her rye/wholemeal/white recipes to compare with the one I made yesterday. Still thinking if I should risk that though — the Gisslen one was quite well received around here.

  3. I could very easily live in a house full of bookshelves.

    You have quite a large pile going there. I have just started Women Who Run With The Wolves. I’ve read mixed reviews. It was recommended by someone who thoroughly enjoyed it. Also have a new cookbook to play with called Small Victories.

    Enjoy your books.

    1. I have heard good things about Women Who Run With the Wolves; I would be interested to know what you think about it.

      I have just brought home two Maggie Beer Harvest cookbooks (Summer and Autumn). Unfortunately, I could not resist buying them at $7 each. The embossed cover and paper has a lovely feel to it, and I can’t wait to try the quince paste recipe. I haven’t heard of your new cookbook before but I’ll go and google it now.

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