February 7, 2013
This is a fantastic book on learning about making and using natural yeast--sourdough.
It tells you how to make a basic starter. And there is a helpful chart for troubleshooting. They also include how to easily convert regular recipes for sourdough. What I'm really interested in is the use of natural starter, instead of commerical yeast. It looks like the ratio is 1/4 cup sourdough start for every 2 tsp. commercial yeast. (at least for his sourdough start, which is 100% hydration--this means equal parts water to flour ratio.
Anyway, anyone interested in sourdough should get this books. It's only $12 at Costco right now and Caleb Warnock is from Utah...I'm not sure about the other author.
Stay tuned on our nourish recipe blog for recipes with this starter and a Sourdough 101 post if you want to try your own. They make it pretty easy. We've already made pancakes with it.
FYI, my mom got me one of Caleb's other books. It's helpful for thinking of other self-sufficient ways of life, though it's not very in-depth, so you'd have to go do your own further research on particular aspects you're interested in. But it's a great start to thinking about other ways to be more self-sufficient.