Welcome to my new blog!  Starting January 1, 2009, I will be baking a different bread recipe every day for a year, except for Sundays.  I’ll post recipes and photos, and try to explain the actual process as much as possible.  I’m still trying to get the hang of the technical aspects of blogging, so please bear with me over any glitches!

I think I’ve answered the most obvious questions in my FAQ, but if you want to know anything else about the project, have a question about a recipe, or just want to say hello, please send me an email at beth[at]abreadaday.com.  I’m very excited to be embarking on this adventure, and excited about what I’ll learn over the next twelve months.  I certainly hope you enjoy following along, but mostly I hope I inspire you to start your own love affair with bread making.  

Many of my friends have confessed to me a trepidation when it comes to making bread.  This is a fear that I used to share, until my love of a good, chewy loaf overcame my nerves, and I dug my hands into that first batch of dough.  I have never looked back; and I aim to help others get over that same hurdle.

Bread is one of the earliest and most basic foods known to man, and crosses every cultural divide.  Made of a few simple ingredients, even as little as just flour and water, the variations are innumerable — none wrong, all delicious.  How, then, are so many confounded by and fearful of such ancient simplicity?  

My goal is to show that bread is nothing to fear.  Everyone knows fresh bread tastes the best, and it doesn’t get much fresher than the loaf you’ve just pulled from your own oven.  You don’t have to make perfect baguettes; find a simple recipe that you like, and just dig in!  Bread is delicious, and warming, and cozy, and yes, good for you.  So come on: roll up your sleeves!  Get flour all over your counter!  Bury your hands into some dough, and get closer to your food!  Bake some bread!



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