My two latest "things" are old cookbooks and bread. There's a great used bookstore in downtown Bangor called Lippincott's, where Kevin and I have been spending a fair amount of time lately. They have a great cookbook section. Now that I'm on a bread kick, I dug out a book I bought there in May. Shockingly enough, it was near the bottom of a pile of other cookbooks.
It was originally published in October of 1970 (hey -- that book and I are the same age!), and this is an edition from that year. I have seen an updated version around, but this is much more fun. It's a very hippy-dippy, crunchy-granola kind of book... right up my alley! I was reading it as I lay in the hammock at my parents' house this afternoon, and the following passage jumped out at me: "Certain items will assist you in making bread, though few of them are strictly necessary. Heavy, brown, ceramic bread bowls are available. These hold and distribute heat well. Pre-heating the bowl allows the baby bread dough to feel at home and warmly held." What a happy thought. I want a heavy, brown, ceramic bread bowl.
* Yes, I just had a stupid cold in June. Before that, I hadn't had one in more than two years!
Now, don't you think that if you can't go five minutes without sneezing and blowing your nose, and you can't talk, and you're at the height of contagiousness, that maybe you should stay home for a day or two, for your health and that of your co-workers?!? ESPECIALLY when you and a certain co-worker (me!) tag-team on a switcher, and trade off the headset/mic? See all those buttons and levers on the switcher? They hold a lot of germs! Those disinfectant wipes aren't all they're cracked up to be.
September 7, 2004 06:32 AM PDT
Eric -- thanks for the info! I'm on my way to check out those sites right now... =)
September 6, 2004 04:51 PM PDT
Just to show how thrilled I am by finding these bowls, here's the website for the company that makes them. Lots of interesting information!
September 6, 2004 04:43 PM PDT
Just to mention, you have to scroll down the webpage a bit to find the bowls.
Here's the description for the bowls:
Mason Cash Yellow Ware Mixing Bowl
Traditional English natural "yellow ware",
Nutmeg color glazed exterior (the actual color of the clay used),
Off-white interior glaze,
Heavy, clear glaze application makes for easier cleaning,
Microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe
September 6, 2004 04:37 PM PDT
Regarding those heavy brown ceramic bread bowls, after much searching, I found them on a high end cooking supply website:
These are great mixing bowls for making bread-I grew up using the Tassajara Bread Book and one of these bowls. Still made in England (amazingly enough), and well worth the price.
I had found a large glass bowl-like container in a thrift store that I was going to use for my mixing bowl, but now that I've found that these are still available I plan to buy one. They stand up to heavy dough mixing (something the glass container might not), and if taken care of will last a lifetime and be worthy to pass on to the next generation. I'm heartened that well made classics such as these bowls are still available, and are still made in the country where they first came from.
August 28, 2004 10:04 PM PDT
Alice -- "The Tassajara Bread Book" is still in print -- I saw a copy at Borders just the other day, and I just checked amazon.com -- it's available there, too. You heard correctly about the "nitty gritty" in it. It's pretty fascinating reading! But if you REALLY wany a nitty gritty, detailed, more involved than you ever imagined bread baking book, check out "The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book," which you also should be able to find at any good bookstore, or at amazon.com. I actually got mine from either ebay or half.com (I've already forgotten which!). =)
August 27, 2004 08:47 PM PDT
I've actually heard a lot of praise about this book. Specifically, that it addresses the nitty-gritty details of bread-making really well. Wish I could get my hands on a copy!
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