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Catch and feed your own virtual pet...
am 11. Dezember 1998
This book allowed me to catch wild yeast on my very first try. That, the basic white bread, whole wheat walnut, and the pumpernickel recipes are worth the price of the book. Silverton is very specific about the instructions, which are helpful for starting, and especially for catching the yeast, but are a little obsessive and impractical unless you are baking semi-commercially. It is not hard to adjust the feeding schedule to your schedule, and the bread is very forgiving, unlike bread made from commercial yeast. That said, use unwashed organic grapes and unclorinated water for the starter; and after it is established, refrigerate the starter for a week between feeding before bread making. I have given starter to friends and relatives, and now they won't make bread any other way... I think that speaks volumes for the value of the book. (and p.s., you don't have to use rye or whole wheat starters for the walnut or pumpernickel loaves...)