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"Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Bread"


Lisa Shock
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The team over at Modernist Cuisine announced today that their next project will be an in-depth exploration of bread. I personally am very excited about this, I had been hoping their next project would be in the baking and pastry realm. Additionally, Francisco Migoya will be head chef and Peter Reinhart will assignments editor for this project which is expected to be a multi-volume affair.

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I think that depends on how you define "modernist": in many respects bakers and pastry chefs have always been the most "modernist" of chefs in terms of their approach to the craft. They may not use a lot of whiz-bang ingredients, but I think the thought process is definitely the same, with lots of careful analysis and testing.

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Now this is exciting news! I just hope they keep it approachable by home bakers.

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I hope, hope, hope there is an extensive section on sourdough microbiology and techniques.

 

Oh, that would make it well worth the price of admission.

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I hope, hope, hope there is an extensive section on sourdough microbiology and techniques.

 

I think sourdough microbiology is highly interesting, but region, climate, season etc. make a lot of difference. For those near Seattle, a tome on their local sourdough microbiology might be interesting I have a hard time seeing such a work being of general interest. I'd love to be surprised, however.

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Im looking forward to this as many are.   I have not baked in a bit.

 

the two 'Baker Chefs' mentioned in the blurb have a lot of insight.

 

the blurb from MC really talks about Bread.

 

I do hope that they include Patisserie .

 

but that's its own world.

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OH man...I am so going to have to get this.

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I am so excited about this book.  Just starting to venture into baking, so far mastered Ken Forkish bread recipe with amazing results (Ken's achievement, not mine).  I am sure there is so much I can learn and try from MC team.  I would totally pre order if that was an option.  Still remember painful wait for original MC volumes.

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I hope, hope, hope there is an extensive section on sourdough microbiology and techniques.

 

It's fantastic to get feedback like this. It's still fairly early in the project so we're in the early stages of researching, planning, and determining what we will cover, however we very much welcome feedback about bread-related topics that interest the community. 

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Both bread and patisserie are fantastic topics, i would love to see both. In patisserei perhaps trying to find the hacks that make some difficult or time consuming preparations more doable?

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One topic that I would like to see covered is the effects of alternate, plant-based 'milks' on breads and cakes. I see people telling others to just substitute soymilk, almond milk, rice milk, etc. for cow's milk in recipes and I wonder if they provide the same dough conditioning features as cow's milk.

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On their website, it says 2016.

Anne Napolitano

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