“Stones for Bread” by Christa Parrish, book review

Liesl’s whole world is bread. Her earliest memories are baking bread with her mother and grandmother. Bread is tied to tender and tragic moments in her life. Tender touches of her mother’s hands as she learns to shape the loaf. Tragic time when her grandmother dies and Liesl crushes the newly baked loaves to the floor in her grief.

Now as an adult she is still surrounded by bread, as the owner/ baker at Wild Rise bake house, where daily she shapes flour, yeast and water into loaves. But her life is not as simple as all that when her assistant enters her in the reality show, Bake-Off. Everything is about to change.

This is a wonderful written book about life and love, all surrounded with bread recipes and lore. I have been working with bread dough a lot the last 2 weeks, so I could easily relate to this story. I have never been really successful in baking yeast bread, and basically gave up years ago. But I had to really learn how to bake yeast bread, as I have to teach 2 different 4-H clubs to make bread as part of our lessons this month. So I tried it again. After all, it is a kids’ baking program, so how hard can it be? Well, my first attempt failed. I mixed up a batch the next morning, being very careful to measure and temp everything. And it worked! So I tried it again, and it worked again. But both the successful and failed bread baking adventures were just like Liesl in the story.

This book is easy to read and the recipes are wonderful. This would be a great Christmas gift for your baking enthusiast or want to be baker.

Disclaimer: I received this from the publisher Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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