UNLIMITED BOOK ☆ 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust - by William Alexander #2020

  • Title: 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust
  • Author: William Alexander
  • ISBN: 9781565125834
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust By William Alexander William Alexander is determined to bake the perfect loaf of bread He tasted it long ago, in a restaurant, and has been trying to reproduce it ever since Without success Now, on the theory that practice makes perfect, he sets out to bake peasant bread every week until he gets it right He bakes his loaf from scratch And because Alexander is nothing if not thorough, he rWilliam Alexander is determined to bake the perfect loaf of bread He tasted it long ago, in a restaurant, and has been trying to reproduce it ever since Without success Now, on the theory that practice makes perfect, he sets out to bake peasant bread every week until he gets it right He bakes his loaf from scratch And because Alexander is nothing if not thorough, he really means from scratch growing, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his own wheat An original take on the six thousand year old staple of life, 52 Loaves explores the nature of obsession, the meditative quality of ritual, the futility of trying to re create something perfect, our deep connection to the earth, and the mysterious instinct that makes all of us respond to the aroma of baking bread.
    William Alexander
    William Alexander is the author, most recently, of Flirting with French His previous books include the bestseller The 64 Tomato and 52 Loaves One Man s Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust The New York Times has said about him, His timing and his delivery are flawless.

    52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust By William Alexander


    This is a fun foodie memoir about a man who becomes obsessed with baking bread and spends a year trying to perfect his recipe I wanted to read this because I had loved William Alexander s previous memoir, The 64 Tomato, about his obsession with his vegetable garden.Alexander has a light, humorous writing style that is enjoyable to read In 52 Loaves, he is inspired by eating a delicious loaf of peasant bread at a fancy New York City restaurant and decides to try and make his own Thus begins a lon [...]

    An obsessive guy is taking on bread baking, hoping to find the perfect loaf of bread What can you expect of his adventure into break making if he weighs the water as well as the coffee EVERY SINGLE MORNING before brewing it He was not too upset when he deleted an important file at work from his computer, confused road signs and forgot his wife s birthday However, when he forgot to add salt to the bread mixture, he immediately had his memory loss and confusion evaluated He felt awkward to visit h [...]

    I love this author I love his writing style I love his sense of humor I love how anal compulsive obsessive he is I love it when he goes off on tangents.For example By the way, if you ll pardon one digression this one is worth it, trust me I have it from an extremely reliable source who works in market research that when a razor company introduces a new razor, which they do every few years whether there is a consumer need for one or not, they intentionally dull the replacement blades of their ex [...]

    Food and spirituality are surprisingly close kin, and are in many parts of the world deeply and wholly related to one another At least, that s the point that William Alexander is trying to explore in his book 52 Loaves The opening act of the book is an enchanting look at that most basic of foods, bread, and the near alchemical processes that result in a perfectly baked loaf of bread Initially dry, Alexander s exhaustive eye for research provides a number of interesting excursions from the main i [...]

    Alexander s memoir about baking bread left me cold I didn t connect with him on any meaningful level I m a baker a dilettante to be sure but I never felt the sort of connection with the dough I was looking for here It took him almost 125 pages to even get around to kneading the dough by hand, fercryinoutloud For me, that s the beauty part.The structure was awkward, I thought, and didn t even begin to make sense till he took up residency in the monastery at the end of the book Simply didn t work [...]

    Any man who will obsessively grow and grind his own wheat, in order to make the perfect loaf of bread has my attention And his family has my sympathy.

    I really enjoyed this one than I thought I would William Alexander tastes the perfect loaf of bread at a restaurant and wants to recreate it So, he begins a quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread, and commits to baking a loaf once a week for a year It becomes an obsession for him, and he ends up planting his own wheat, building his own oven, taking a bread making class in France, and eventually teaching bread making at a French monastery As part of this journey, he explores why he feels the ne [...]

    I really loved this book It was funny, about baking, and included a visit to a monastery All good things in my opinion.

    I was facing a force far powerful, one that seemed at times as threatening as it was benevolent, stronger and enduring than anything I had ever encountered I m speaking, of course, of bread p 314In 52 Loaves, William Alexander, a middle aged Director of Technology in southern New York state, chronicles his year long effort to bake one loaf of bread every week but not, as you might imagine, a different kind of bread every week Rather, Alexander s goal was to bake one kind of bread, a simple pe [...]

    As a Bread Head new born, this was the book that I needed I needed to see somebody s path to great bread to know that it could be done I needed to know that just becuase I left an ingrident out that I shouldn t give up hope.This book is along the lines of Bill Bryson or A.J.Jacobs A book about a journey with humor, insight, history,over the top ideas, self reflection and a dash of self deprication It s about Alexander s quest to make great bread as a relitive novice and it is told in a self nari [...]

    One of my book groups had read The 64 Tomato a while back, and we all liked it In that book, William Alexander wrote of his struggles with organic gardening, combining humor with the imparting of information, resulting in a nonfiction book that read as quickly as good fiction I had read that he was writing a new book, so I had kept my eye out for it and wasn t disappointed when this arrived at our library In this story, Alexander tackles the pursuit of the perfect loaf of bread, embarking upon a [...]

    Joshua Buhs
    A hard book to get a handle of.On the one hand, an easy read, almost like a series of blog post very short chapters The author, inspired by a great loaf of bread he once ate, sets out to bake a loaf of bread every week for a year, in the process trying to produce a similar loaf.But the conceit of the weekly bakings or less disappears, even though the chapters are divided by the weeks, as does the need for him lisiting his weight and the weight of his baking books at the beginning of the books s [...]

    I wasn t sure what to expect when I started this book, having found it on the library bookshelf in the bread section of cookbooks when looking for bread cookbooks I came away completely delighted by my experience with the book and very thankful to have stumbled across such a witty writer The book follows one man s attempts to perfect an artisan bread he tasted once Each week he makes a new attempt, and so the book is divided into 52 chapters, each discussing his attempts of that week But that s [...]

    This ranks as I see it at a high three stars, so I m rounding it out to four It was a fast, enjoyable read The author seems to be pretty good at gleaning those small details and nuances which flesh out what could have been a dimensionless account in the hands of a lesser writer I love his moxie for going to the monastery I wanted to eat bread the entire time I was reading Here s a nice little bit, from page 34 In fact, my parents generation didn t have to deal with half the decisions, ethical or [...]

    Bill Alexander ate the perfect bread at a restaurant one day, and years later decided to try and recreate that experience in his own kitchen His attempt to find that bread leads him to resolve to bake the bread the same bread once a week for an entire year But whereas I might spend a year baking the same bread and attempting to perfect it by changes in in the ingredients, the ratios, the oven temperature, etc Alexander does it by visiting bakers and bakeries, entering state fairs, traveling to A [...]

    Parts of this book were enjoyable The author s interactions with the Benedictine monks were very touching, and the histories of bread, nutrient deficiencies, and assorted other topics were well worth reading However, the memoir suffered from several flaws, including the following 1 Too much information about the author s conjugal relations There are some things that we definitely do not need to know.2 An annoying tendency to end a chapter in the middle of a story The resolution comes several pag [...]

    A sort of memoir A year in the life of a man as told through a particular quest, in this case how to bake the perfect loaf of peasant bread This is NOT a cookbook only four recipes at the end of the book and could be enjoyed by many, even those with no interest in bread baking or cooking for that matter This book is well worth your time as it is smart, insightful and FUNNY Esp enjoyed the last section, where he spends time only five days at a monastery in France The tone of the book detours, lik [...]

    J. Boo
    There s some good material in here, and I feel that I learned quite a bit about the Wonders of Bread Unfortunately, the central conceit William Alexander bakes a loaf of bread every week , and each chapter is a week in his year long odyssey towards perfection gets in the way Particularly in the way because I find the author personally a rather annoying individual of the sort who may be found delivering twee, rambling slices of life on NPRAt this point, overcome by suspicion, I clicked on his web [...]

    The author sets out on a quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread by baking a loaf every week for a year His journey ultimately leads him to a 1500 year old Abby in France where he is able to restore the Abby s lost bread baking tradition A very charming, funny book The author sounds like someone I d like to sit down and break bread with ha ha He proclaims himself an atheist, but he recounts a number of spiritual experiences he has throughout the year Of course, he manages to explain them all wit [...]

    I loved reading this book I found myself laughing out loud because I have so many of the same conversations in my head He writes about bread the way I feel about pastry NowI must make some bread

    I m sad that the perfect loaf takes so many steps and ingredients I don t have.I guess I ll just make some beer bread.

    Fun read and now I must immediately stop everything I am doing to go bake some bread.

    Compelling and humorous I am now lusting after crusty, air pocketed bread.

    Larry Hostetler
    I wasn t sure if this was a book I would like or not From my rating it s obvious I liked it immensely While it is ostensibly about the author s attempt to bake the perfect loaf of peasant bread it is filled with humor, history, and much than information about bread and its production But there is also plenty about how many different factors come together to produce bread From Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to spending a week in a French monastery the book is filled with interesting i [...]

    Jim Seidman
    I really loved Alexander s The 64 Tomato, so I was eager to read this book Having tried to perfect baking bread myself, I found myself able to relate to much of what he went through Of course, I was not nearly as fanatical about my efforts, and that s probably why my stories about bread baking seem utterly boring in comparison to his While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I didn t find it nearly as laugh out loud funny as The 64 Tomato On a scale from humor to memoir, this book definitely sits fur [...]

    William Alexander writes an authentic and fascinating journal on his dedication to making his own bread You re not reading a Pulitzer Prize winner, but nonetheless it s worth reading I applaud his obsessiveness and the risks and chances he takes with bread baking He joins a French monastery He competes in a fair he grows his own wheat, builds his own oven I enjoy his devotion to the thing, even if it is as random as baking the perfect loaf of bread.It s cool too see someone pick a thing they lik [...]

    My review, short and sweet Though the first half provided some interesting educational bits, I found it a chore to trudge through it It wasn t till the second half his trip to France, Morocco did I begin to really enjoy this book to the point of not being able to put it down Clearly the author was transformed by his time spent at the monastery, not just as a baker but as an author It s there where the real lesson can be found.

    Helena Poropat
    This was the most enjoyable book I ve read in ages about the guy who decides he wants to make the perfect loaf of rustic bread that he tasted in a restaurant once So he embarks on a journey to bake a loaf a week for a year During which time he explores the history of bread making, growing wheat for flour, yeast, commercial and home baking He winds up teaching the monks of a French Abbey how find their long lost tradition of baking their own bread.

    William Alexander is a good writer, but a lot of what he does in this book drives me mad His take on what the perfect loaf of bread is differs pretty wildly from mine, and as a bread baker, I can get emotional about my bread That said, this is still a very cool book and worth reading, especially if you bake bread.

    Julie Rose
    This book is a great read, and also instructional on the science and techniques of baking bread mostly the former, but with a good helping of the latter It is wonderfully written very engaging and entertaining, and the science is solid and well researched The end includes the relevant bread recipes and a bibliography bread library.

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