Bread's history has frequently been a recipe for disaster. The well-baked loaf--aside from being the main event in one of the major food groups--has caused wars, supernatural visions, festivals, and plagues. H. E. Jacob's celebratory book toasts bread from its earliest beginnings in Egypt, where it was one of the treasures entombed with the dead, to the author's own experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, where a bread made of sawdust kept him alive. The maker of paupers and kings, our daily bread and its evolutions are deliciously described in this illuminating text.
“Rarely has a book intended for a popular audience displayed evidence of more exhaustive scholarship. . . . The amount of information Mr. Jacob has unearthed that will be new to most readers is simply astonishing.” —The New York Times
“This is not merely a book about bread as bread, the end result of grass seed ground into flour, but about bread as a signifier of transformation, both personally and historically.” —Peter Reinhart, from his foreword
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A real learning experience....this book is well researched and written for anyone to understand a most remarkable history. Read morePublished on July 9 2013 by judith H. Brooks
I bumped into Jacobs' book by accident while browsing the shelves in a library; what a joy to see it's been reissued! (The edition I found was dated 1943. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 1998