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The Perfect Loaf : The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More: A Baking Book - Maurizio Leo

The Perfect Loaf

The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More: A Baking Book

By: Maurizio Leo

Hardcover | 8 November 2022

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A dynamic, authoritative sourdough baking bible for those looking to build confidence in the craft with a wide range of foolproof recipes, from pan loaves to pizza to doughnuts, by the beloved blogger and resident bread baker at Food52

"Maurizio Leo has given all bread-heads, whether newbies or experienced bakers, the ideal gift."--Peter Reinhart, author of The Bread Baker's Apprentice and host of Pizza Quest


Maurizio Leo's blog The Perfect Loaf is the go-to destination on the internet for beginner sourdough bakers. He now brings his impeccably detailed techniques, foolproof recipes, and generous teaching style to a groundbreaking debut cookbook that delves into the absolute fundamentals of sourdough--plus the tools and confidence to explore beyond.

Recipes cover flavorful, crowd-pleasing favorites:

  • Essential freeform loaves: Simple Sourdough, Rosemary & Olive Oil, Extra-Sour Sourdough, Cranberry & Walnut, Demi Baguettes
  • Pan loaves: Everyday Sandwich Bread, Naturally Leavened Brioche, German Whole Rye, Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
  • Pizza and flatbread: Roman-Style Pan Pizza, Focaccia, Naan, Flour Tortillas, Pita
  • Buns, rolls, and more: Soft Dinner Rolls, Potato Buns, Ciabatta Rolls, English Muffins, Bagels
  • Sweets: Weekend Cinnamon Rolls, Italian Doughnuts, Summer Fruit Sourdough Crostata, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Babka

  • Beginner bakers will have their hands held the entire way, with troubleshooting sections and numerous sidebars answering almost every question they may have--like how to store a sourdough starter long-term, how bakers' percentages actually work, and a visual guide to common "bread fails" and how to remedy them. Seasoned bakers will relish deep dives into the science behind baking processes and expert information on how to build their "baker's intuition" and level up by experimenting with hydration, ingredient ratios, freshly milled grains, and specialty flours. Whether you're new to bread baking or a pro, The Perfect Loaf will be your indispensable guide in the kitchen.

    About the Author

    Maurizio Leo is the creator of the award-winning sourdough website The Perfect Loaf, resident bread baker at Food52, and a regular contributor to the King Arthur Baking blog. Maurizio has written articles on bread baking for Edible New Mexico, the Bread Baker's Guild of America, and Bread Magazine. He's spent the past decade baking bread in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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