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Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread Copertina rigida – 17 settembre 2020
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'Pauline Beaumont writes persuasively about the power of something as simple as breadmaking to help us cope with life's stresses and disappointments.'
- Andrew Whitley, author of Bread Matters and DO Sourdough - Slow bread for busy lives
'A heartfelt, enlightening book for the baker in your family, your friends, and especially the baker within you.'
- Dan Lepard, award-winning baker, food writer and photographer
Making our own bread provides us with an unhurried, creative activity that is joyful, calming and productive - providing a much-needed antidote to life's stresses and strains. From kneading dough, to taking a delicious-smelling freshly baked loaf out of a hot oven, bread-making can be a mindful experience and a therapeutic craft that can nurture and nourish us. As yeast transforms flour and water, so making bread can transform us and our lives.
As we seek 'slow skills' to free us from the digital world we are inhabiting more and more, and mindful activity to help us manage our mental wellbeing, so bread-making is experiencing a renaissance. This book will guide you through the art of bread making, with insight into the benefits of this ancient craft which will nourish mind and body. It celebrates bread making as a way of understanding ourselves better, learning important life lessons and making positive changes to our mental and physical wellbeing. It features eight simple bread recipes to get you started on your bread-making journey.
Pauline Beaumont is a passionate bread baker, mother of six and counsellor who believes fervently in the power of bread-making to aid our emotional and psychological wellbeing.
'We love this book as it sums up exactly how we feel about bread. Bread is like a small animal; it needs feeding, resting and quite a lot of love to get it to feel right. Caring for it gives you a huge buzz. Bread also has the ability to care for you and making bread is such a simple and pure way of boosting mental wellbeing. Pauline's book captures the magic of this equation beautifully.' - Alex and Kitty Tait, founders of The Orange Bakery
- Editore : Yellow Kite (17 settembre 2020)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina rigida : 192 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 1529359597
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529359596
- Peso articolo : 280 g
- Dimensioni : 13.8 x 2 x 21.8 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 246 in Torte, dolci da forno e gelati
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This writer is a craftsperson, a teacher, a counsellor, a guru who seems equally knowledgeable in the sciences and the creative arts, and whose nurturing insistence cannot fail to move you to action. She manages the uncanny feat of inspiring us not only to open our hearts but to open our kitchen cupboards with zeal. She encourages us, with quiet persistence, to contemplate and lay out our insecurities alongside our bread dough. One imagines we must have here a most patient and perseverant being, her love of humanity and perhaps her experience of caring for people with special needs shining out from each page.
Choosing the word ‘kind’ when referencing the book’s recipes, I refer to a pervasive sense that a calm centred loving mentor with sticky floury hands is patting you on the back and gently nudging you forward, spurring you to get on with it, all the while assuring you that it is the trying which is important, that it doesn’t matter if it goes wrong, nay that it can actually be good for us if it goes wrong. Learning to accept perceived defects or weaknesses in ourselves and in our loaves, Beaumont advises, may reduce anxiety, self-doubt and lack of confidence and help us find our way to a more balanced life where transformation is possible and possibly easy! As the author states in her introduction, ‘Making bread can be a reminder to us all that we, too, are capable of transformation’.
Both the self-help and the baking themes of Bread Therapy are treated with a unique approach which is warmhearted, convincing, and inspiring. We are wholeheartedly urged to give it a go, both our self-analysing/self-nurturing (there are even written exercises laid out for our use in this respect) and our forays into baking loaves. Beaumont asserts that if, as children, we were praised and rewarded only for success and accomplishment, we should know that we deserved to have been praised and encouraged for giving things a go, for trying. ‘It is what it is’, she reminds us to recognize whenever we find ourselves engaging (indulging?) in extended bouts of worrying about what has happened, what hasn’t happened, what someone said, what someone hasn’t said, what we should have done, what we should be doing... We must become our own parent, the writer implores, loving our bread and ourselves despite the myriad of imperfections. And, of course, we must love each other. In the author’s words, ‘… what mattered to me more than anything else was helping people to know that they are loved.’
The way the writer speaks to the reader, you almost feel that the book was written for you! I reckon that is partly true as Pauline Beaumont makes no secret of her intention to pass on, with love, her knowledge, experience and advice. One could say that much out there, especially in the world of non-fiction, seems to be at least partly driven by the ego; this book is extraordinary in that it is utterly devoid of self-importance despite the nature of the work which is to impart what the writer has learnt and encourage change based on her own study and practice. That the writer had the impulse and made the effort to speak directly to the reader, touched me. Early on in the book, she describes the pleasure she feels when taking a loaf out of the oven. Then she takes the time to add, ‘I hope you feel this too,’ and at the end of the book, ‘I hope you can feel the love in this book and that you too can bake bread with love and pass it on.’
I am feeling it without a doubt! Thank you for that. And I haven’t even made my first loaf yet. I will go back through the text and make notes and a plan for my own life of wellbeing and baking. I will read this book many times I think, as there is a tendency to do with excellent self-help reference guides. And I hope I will produce many loaves too. It should be read by everyone. It should be part of the school curriculum. It should help many many people, as the author intended. I’m sure it will. I cannot recommend Bread Therapy highly enough.
Do yourself a favour and grab a copy.
Whilst this book is essentially a solid as well as reliable tried and tested recipe book, it is also filled with helpful techniques about how to make different types of bread.
Whether you are already a master of Bread making or a novice like me, there is something for everyone at every entry level. I have always been flummoxed and overwhelmed at the thought of making a starter for sour dough which is possibly why I have shied away from the challenge, but Pauline keeps it simple and demystifies the process to the point of do-ability. Similarly, the other recipes and methods for different types of breads like Focaccia, Wholemeal and Simple Soda Bread (as an aside, her walnut Soda Bread recipe is just divine), have an easy to follow straightforward approach; a recipe called a Brown Betty is included for using up bits of left over bread. There is definitely a rhythm in kneading I find it follows the rhythm in your head, it is a workout for anyone with Bingo wings and you will be sure to find your own unique kneading rhythm for sure.
For those who are missing pictures of the 'perfect' loaf, Pauline has an enchanting instagram account filled to the gunnels with examples of her wondrous workings of dough. If you scroll back through her library, Pauline has even generously shared images of her less than perfect loaves (rare results) that have ended up on the lunch table as a wonderful nourishing morsel of edible loveliness; encouraging for the novice to learn that even proficient bread makers can produce tasty items that have turned out less than perfect looking but can still find a home on the family meal table.
I have purchased more than one of these books, two as birthday gifts for friends who have both voiced the desire to venture into making their own bread and one for my daughter in the hope that she will keep this as a bread bible for life .
It is definitely worth checking out Pauline's Instagram pages: paulinemarybeaumont
But I have to say, this book has been a revelation!
The author's tone is so calm, reassuring and supportive, it's given me the confidence to stop focusing on all the reasons why I can't bake professional bread and instead just have a go. In many ways it's the antithesis of a self-help book, as the author (who shares her own challenges with bread baking) encourages you to have a go, to see bread baking as an exercise in self-care and to embrace both creation and creative process. Finally my lockdown flour is disappearing and at last I feel as if bread-making can fit, very humbly, into the rhythm of my life.