The Sourdough Whisperer

Baking sourdough bread is a process full of potential pitfalls. That’s because there are so many variables that factor into it: the character of the flour; temperature; strength of your starter; proofing time; scoring – the list goes on and on. Elaine Boddy, found of the popular food blog Foodbod Sourdough, is here to help. In her newest book, The Sourdough Whisperer: The Secrets to No-Fail Baking (Page Street Publishing, 2022; $21.99), Elaine shares her best tips, tricks and troubleshooting tools for consistent sourdough success. With practical solutions to every obstacle―whether slow-to-grow starter or over-proofed dough―Elaine proves that everyone can bake beautiful, delicious sourdough with confidence. Her practical approach shows bakers how they can manipulate a few simple master recipes to create any kind of shaped, filled or seeded bread. The book features 40 recipes, from buttery jam-filled rolls to crusty seed-topped loaves. (We can’t wait to try her Turmeric and Onion Seed Sandwich Loaf or her Apricot and Almond Babka Loaf.) The beautiful photos that accompany each recipe are inspiring, and with Elaine guiding your sourdough journey, you will be on your way to becoming a sourdough whisperer of your own.

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