Modern bread--the bland, packaged type from the supermarket--just doesn't measure up to the substantial, tasty, and healthy originals developed by generations of bakers everywhere. The owner of the famous Carved Angel restaurant serves up his firsthand knowledge of making the perfect loaf--and proves it's within anyone's grasp. Beginning with information on grains, leavening, mixing, kneading, shaping, and cooking, he then presents 50 easy-to-follow and utterly delicious recipes from around the world. From France, come crusty baguettes and a rustic pain polka, while Italy gives us cakey, tender ciabatta and focaccia. Scotland's specialty is a barley bancock, split into four. Take an unforgettable bite of Indian naan, Portuguese corn bread, Majorcan potato buns, German sourdough rye, sweet Austrian gugelhupf, San Francisco sourdough, New England buttermilk rolls, West Indian roti, and tortillas, bagels, pita, and challah. You'll never buy from a grocery store again!