52 Loaves

52 Loaves

by William Alexander

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ISBN-13: 9781616200503
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 354
Sales rank: 675,904
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William Alexander, the author of two critically acclaimed books, lives in New York's Hudson Valley. By day the IT director at a research institute, he made his professional writing debut at the age of fifty-three with a national bestseller about gardening, The $64 Tomato. His second book, 52 Loaves, chronicled his quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread, a journey that took him to such far-flung places as a communal oven in Morocco and an abbey in France, as well as into his own backyard to grow, thresh, and winnow wheat. The Boston Globe called Alexander "wildly entertaining," the New York Times raved that "his timing and his delivery are flawless," and the Minneapolis Star Tribune observed that "the world would be a less interesting place without the William Alexanders who walk among us." A 2006 Quill Book Awards finalist, Alexander won a Bert Greene Award from the IACP for his article on bread, published in Saveur magazine. A passion bordering on obsession unifies all his writing. He has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and at the National Book Festival in Washington DC and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times op-ed pages, where he has opined on such issues as the Christmas tree threatening to ignite his living room and the difficulties of being organic. Now, in Flirting with French, he turns his considerable writing talents to his perhaps less considerable skills: becoming fluent in the beautiful but maddeningly illogical French language. 


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"Serious, irreverent, funny, and informative at the same time, 52 Loaves reflects precisely the frustrating and infuriating—if not impossible—process of creating the perfect bread.” —Jacques Pépin
"Nitpicking Obsessiveness was never so appetizing."
Entertainment Weekly, Grade A-

From the Publisher

"Serious, irreverent, funny, and informative at the same time, 52 Loaves reflects precisely the frustrating and infuriating—if not impossible—process of creating the perfect bread.” —Jacques Pépin

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52 Loaves 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not the only fool out there who thrives on doing things the hard way. Good to know. This book is funny, thought provoking, and full of fascinating historical and scientific details. Please excuse me now, I have to go peel bark from a pound of pear tree branches so I can dye an ounce of wool pink.
NellieMc on LibraryThing 16 days ago
I loved this book - so much so, that I went out and bought The $64 tomato. Obsessive, compulsive, driven, but also reflective, thoughtful, and intelligent - Alexander comes through as a very complex person. I certainly wouldn't want to marry him, but I'll read anything he writes.
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"Yo Jared you here?" I ask.