COOKING & FOOD

Super Sourdough: The Foolproof Guide to Making World-Class Bread at Home

Quadrille. Feb. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781787134652. $32.50. COOKING
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In his fifth book, Great British Baking Show finalist Morton (Brilliant Bread) honors those who taught him about sourdough by communicating their collective knowledge to a wider audience. Morton joyfully addresses readers as equals, making him a relatable teacher. For beginners, he includes ten tenets of sourdough, explains vocabulary, and reiterates basics in 40-plus text-heavy recipes for buns, loaves, and more. With humility, honesty, and wit, Morton admits his bakes sometimes fail and includes a sincere message of encouragement, suggesting readers respect each loaf’s uniqueness and continue to bake after disappointments. Well-designed and illustrated, the book includes a helpful troubleshooting section as well as real-life tips for more successful starters, scheduling baking around busy lives, par-baking, and bread-related dietary matters. For advanced bakers, the book discusses rheology and home milling. Measurements are in grams.
VERDICT Morton’s enthusiasm and knowledge about sourdough are undeniable and his candid voice speaking to home bakers is refreshing. Recommended for new and experienced bakers alike.

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