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Thank you Mike, your site has given me so much help. It is clear, intelligent and most importantly, not scary. Your site pushed me to take the plunge into pain au levain. I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I get out of the magic of baking bread.

— -comment from a website visitor

2003-07-06 Wherein Mike Tours Disney's Version of the Boudin Bakery

We just got back from Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure where I toured the Boudin Bakery. It was amazing to see so much bread made with so little human contact. The bread was beautiful, but the taste of the bread wasn't at all what I expected of a San Francisco style sourdough bread, it was far too bland and it was hardly sour at all. Still, it was fun seeing how it's done in the big leagues.

After a number of notes from readers who tell me they have no baking experience, I've started putting together a short
"Introduction to Baking" age with a number of yeasted bread recipes on it. The recipes are easy and good, and provide a great introduction to baking. If you're a total beginner, you might try starting with these simple recipes.

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