Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Seductive Power of Bread

I've heard that the thing you remember most about a visit to a restaurant is the last thing you have--dessert, cup of coffee, after-dinner cocktail, whatever. But I would submit that the thing I often remember most about a restaurant visit is the bread that precedes dinner. Someday I'll write a more complete blog about this topic but, for now, let me say that I've often dreamed of being able to make restaurant-quality bread at home. You know, the kind with a chewy crust and a slightly sour tang to it. The kind that seduces you to forget about the entree, and just devour loaf after loaf of bread.

I recently discovered the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking, and absolutely fell in love with the bread it produces. You can find the recipe on The Restaurant Show website here