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Flatbreads & Flavors (Anglais) Relié – 20 mars 1995
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Présentation de l'éditeur
"Two people caught in the grip of wanderlust," as Alford and Duguid describe themselves, this American- Canadian pair has traveled for nearly two decades, singly and together, throughout Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and North America. As they have pursued their passions for travel photography and culinary research, they have found around the world a shared and nourishing element of culture and cuisine: flatbreads, the simplest, oldest, and most marvelously varied form of bread known to humankind. Immersing themselves in local cultures-from the Malaysian island of Penang and the high Himalayan passes of Tibet to the market stalls of Provence and the pueblos of New Mexico -- Adford and Duguid have studied bread baking and cooking with local bakers, in family kitchens, with street vendors, and at neighborhood restaurants and cafes.
In Flatbreads and Flavors they share more than sixty recipes for flatbreads of every origin and description: tortillas from Mexico, pita from the Middle East, naan from Afghanistan, chapatti from India, pizza from Italy, and French fougasse. As well within the eight regional chapters of the book, they provide 150 exuberant recipes for traditional accompaniments to the breads. These include chutneys and curries, salsas and stews, rich samplings of the Mediterranean mezze table and the Scandinavian smorgasbord, and such delectable pairings as Chinese Spicy Cumin Kebabs wrapped in Uighur nan or Lentils with Garlic, Onion, and Tomato spooned onto chapatti.
Oven-baked, grilled, fried, skillet-baked, steamed, or even baked beneath the desert sand, flatbreads are a fascinating, satisfying, and simple form that brings wholesome grains into our diet. They can be made from every grain imaginable: wheat, rye, corn, oats, millet, sorghum, teff, rice, buckwheat. They can be unleavened or leavened. They can be made so thin that they become transparent, or they can be two inches thick and sliceable.
But Flatbreads and Flavors is not only a book about the original life-sustaining food served around the world since time began, it is also a book about people and places, with vivid images and shared experiences captured in brief prose essays and in Alford and Duguid's own acclaimed photographs. Redolent with the tastes and aromas of the world's hearths, it maps a course through cultures old and intriguing. With clear and patient recipes and special sections defining techniques, ingredients, and equipment, Flatbreads and Flavors makes accessible to the novice and experienced baker alike the simple and satisfying bread baker's art.
Flatbreads and Flavors has 8 maps and 16 pages of full-color photographs of breads and their accompaniments. It is a Main Selection of HomeStyle Books a division of Book-of-the-Month Club.
Biographie de l'auteur
Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, travelers, cooks, photographers, and writers, have worked together since they met in Tibet in 1985. They are the authors of six books and have contributed frequently to Food & Wine, Food Arts, and many other magazines. They were part of the award-winning PBS series Baking with Julia and contributed to the book of the same name; they also appeared in the Food Network series Baker's Dozen. They guest-teach at a number of cooking schools and frequently give slideshow lectures about food traditions around the world. Their stock photo library, Asia Access, specializes in images of food, agriculture, and traditional cultures. They live in Toronto.
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The introduction has a great section on the development of the book as well as techniques for creating flat breads. There are different tips for tools, mixing, kneading, proofing, rising, baking, storing, freezing, and drying. The authors are extremely detail oriented, which leads to great results, and each recipe contains an introduction to how the recipe was discovered and adapted. This makes each recipe into a great narrative that leads to the feeling of a travel around the world through baking.
This is quite a large book and I have not been able to make all of the recipes- but each that I have tried turned out wonderfully. Even with some adaptation, the details that authors provide lead to great results. The first recommended recipe is for a simple pita bread which should hook anyone on homemade flat breads. Their recipes have such great details that give you instructions for exact amounts, order of addition, how the dough should feel, and cooking time down to the second. This pita recipe gave me amazing results with almost all of them puffing up. Each recipe also has great ideas for food to pair with with your flat bread which makes for exotic and interesting meals.
I found the high-tech crackers recipe to be particularly interesting. Such an easy recipe with such a personal relationship to the author that is so adaptable. You will make this recipe at the beginning (even though it is the very last in the book) and continue to make them to snack on. What is interesting is that as your skill increases, you will start to make your own methods and flavors for almost all of them.
If you are a fan of pita, naan, pizza, tortilla, or anything else in the world of flat breads- this book is highly recommended.
Like some of the other reviewers, I wish that ALL the recipes were for bread, but the travel journal prose gives to the bread, faces and ways of life that in turn give the bread life, not to mention a wider view of humanity. The vegetable and meat dishes are extra. Making/baking bread is an art that takes years of practice. I don't know if this book is the best place for a new baker to begin, but prove me wrong.
A note on yeast: The authors say they are not "anti-sourdough" starter, but acknowledge the convenience of commercial yeast and so recommend it for most of the recipes. I would like to encourage bakers to investigate sourdough starters. I've had one in continual use for over 15 years! It raises the dough a little slowly, but oh so steady! You have same day bread, and it never fails to make perfect bread. The authors say sourdough starters are less reliable, but with refrigeration, I think that is not the case. You can grow your own at home in less than a week with just flour, water and some attention. Good luck!
Other readers say they discovered some wonderful recipes in this book -- maybe it's a good idea to try those first. As for me, once burned twice shy.