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Learn the basics of wild yeast bread baking in a mini master class from Chad Robertson, world-renowned inventor of Tartine bread, and Tartine head baker Jennifer Latham.

If you've always been intrigued by the idea of baking beautiful, post-worthy loaves of bread from your own sourdough starter but have found the process confusing or intimidating, this is your easy entry into producing incredible loaves at home. Chad Robertson and Jennifer Latham have taught legions of professional bakers to bake bread with a deeply flavorful crust and a custardy crumb. Now they've simplified those lessons to talk you through their process. 

In just a few hours of listening, you'll learn:

  • How and why natural yeast makes the most delicious, healthy, and versatile bread
  • What to know about flour (and the farmers and millers who produce it)
  • How to establish and tend to your starter
  • How to use your starter to reliably bake a spectacular rustic loaf at home from just four ingredients: natural leaven, flour, water, and salt
©2020 Chad Robertson and Jennifer Latham (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Learned a ton! Great resource!

Some of the highlights for me:

(1) benefits from organic whole grain/high extraction flours combined with high hydration and natural and long fermentation: potential for an incredible meal, balanced nutrition, no energy spike, no overfilled/sluggish repercussions, no risk of cancer from pesticides/herbicides.

(2) learned about glyphosate and high yield wonder bread wheat vs. heirloom native/regional wheat varieties

(3) learned about the pseudo-cereals: buckwheat, amaranth, etc.

(4) learned about the natural leavening process: creating and maintaining a starter, correct seed percentages

(5) booster levain process

(6) bassinage and 3-stage mixing techniques

(7) how, why, when to do float test

(8) the target dough temperature to aim for

(9) country loaf bread making process. The shaping parts are very informative and helpful, also the small points in the proofing steps, to let them get tall and fluffy then stow away. Wow.

Thanks a million!

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I’ve been baking sourdough for years and learned a TON

This audiobook masterclass is hands down one of the most helpful resources for baking sourdough out there.

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Sourdough Cleared Up

I understand the process so much better! Will listen while completing steps. I have been trying to master Sourdough for 3 years this go round. Started long before the pandemic. My problem is lack of consistent results. Bakers percentages explained. How to "fix" problems in the process. I have added the starter to the dough AFTER autolyse as explained and had a much better dough and resulting bread. My family prefers a tighter crumb so I don't have do high hydration unless it's for something other than sandwich bread. I understand whe to add inclusions now. I am glad this is in a format for listening to while doing.

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Awesome bread!

Tartine Bread is the reason I, and many many more, got into baking. Chad is the Jedy of baking and a continuous researcher in the subject. This audio narrated by Chad and Jennifer is an invaluable lesson. You will be baking awesome breads in no time, and after that, you will collecting small bits of info that might contribute to your on loafs and methods.

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  • Cormac O.
  • 11-01-20

This book should be called "How to make a starter"

There is no explanation on how to actually make a sourdough loaf.
Plenty of chat around a starter but very little usable information to get you to the end product.
Very disappointing.