Bernard Clayton Jr., a newspaper reporter whose love for fresh bread inspired him to master the art of baking and write several classic cookbooks on bread and pastry, died on March 28th in Bloomington, Ind. He was 94.
Clayton's Complete Book of Breads was probably one of the first "bread" books I owned. It's practically encyclopedic. As are his Complete Book of Pastry and Complete Book of Soups and Stews. Well, at least encyclopedic for their respective times.
Maybe not the first books I turn to now for technique, but always good for an inspiration or two.
Do you have any of his books on your shelves?