I’m very excited to announce that I’ve published The Quick-Start Guide to Sourdough Baking, an introduction to baking with sourdough starter.
This book has been years in the making. I first got interested in sourdough in 2017, but it took me a long time to actually get baking. I was intimidated and overwhelmed by the blogs, websites, videos and books out there, and I wanted to make sure I had ALL the information before I dove in.
Once I finally built a starter and began baking with it, I was not instantly successful. In fact, I made some really bad breads at first. But over time I figured out some methods, timelines, equipment (and alternatives) that ended up working for me, and I learned how to have fairly consistent successful bakes.
Eventually, a couple of friends asked me for some of that starter…and for instructions on how to use it. So I started typing up what I’d learned, the recipes I’d been using, the timelines I worked off of…and it grew into this book. I’d toyed with the idea of doing a print version, going for a mainstream publishing deal, etc. but we’re at a moment right now where so many people are baking and there’s so much buzz around sourdough that the fastest course of action felt like the best one, and that course was self-publishing it as an e-book. You can get it now through Amazon–and it will be completely FREE until June 4!
Now, why should you care? What makes this book any different from all the other sourdough books and blogs out there?
Well, I’m certainly not a professional baker, and I can’t tell you everything there is to know about sourdough. But I can give you some clear answers to the questions that took me days or weeks or months to figure out. I can tell you how I proofed my bread dough before I had a banneton, and the various alternatives I’ve used in place of a real lame. I can tell you the basic recipes that have helped me learn and grow as a baker, and how you can customize them to suit your own tastes and timelines.
If you’re a beginner sourdough baker, or just an aspiring one, I hope you’ll check it out!