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By William Alexander

William Alexander is decided to bake the precise loaf of bread. He tasted it some time past, in a cafe, and has been attempting to reproduce it ever due to the fact. with out good fortune. Now, at the concept that perform makes excellent, he units out to bake peasant bread per week till he will get it correct. He bakes his loaf from scratch. and since Alexander is not anything if no longer thorough, he fairly capability from scratch: transforming into, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, and milling his personal wheat.
An unique tackle the six-thousand-year-old staple of existence, 52 Loaves explores the character of obsession, the meditative caliber of formality, the futility of attempting to re-create whatever excellent, our deep connection to the earth, and the mysterious intuition that makes we all reply to the aroma of baking bread.

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