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Aromatic crumbs of baking wisdom...

Alexander sets up a perfect recipe for a nonfiction story about bread. How can a food with only four ingredients cause ecstasy? Alexander writes aromatic crumbs of baking wisdom, trailing them on his dogged quest for the perfect loaf. He tucks in his experiences with a meditation and a final revelation in a French monastery. The end is what they call an oven rise, where the dough magically doubles in size and pleasure. Only the recipes are exhausting, as they should be.