From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire
Richard Miscovich, "From the Wood-Fired Oven: New and Traditional Techniques for Cooking and Baking with Fire"
ISBN: 1603583289 | 2013 | EPUB | 352 pages | 283 MB
In the past twenty years, interest in wood-fired ovens has increased dramatically in the United States and abroad, but most books focus on how to bake bread or pizza in an oven. From the Wood-Fired Oven offers many more techniques for home and artisan bakersГўВЂВ•from baking bread and making pizza to recipes on how to get as much use as possible out of a single oven firing, from the first live-fire roasting to drying wood for the next fire.
From the Wood-Fired Oven offers a new take on traditional techniques for professional bakers, but is simple enough to inspire any nonprofessional baking enthusiast. Leading baker and instructor Richard Miscovich wants people to use their ovens to fulfill the goal of maximum heat utilization. Readers will find methods and techniques for cooking and baking in a wood-fired oven in the order of the appropriate temperature window. What comes firstГўВЂВ•pizza, or pastry? Roasted vegetables or a braised pork loin? Clarified butter or beef jerky? In addition to an extensive section of delicious formulas for many types of bread, readers will find chapters on:
ГўВЂВў Making pizza and other live-fire flatbreads;
ГўВЂВў Roasting fish and meats;
ГўВЂВў Grilling, steaming, braising, and frying;
ГўВЂВў Baking pastry and other recipes beyond breads;
ГўВЂВў Rendering animal fats and clarifying butter;
ГўВЂВў Food dehydration and infusing oils;
ГўВЂВў And myriad other ways to use the oven's residual heat.
Appendices include oven-design recommendations, a sample oven temperature log, Richard's baker's percentages, proper care of a sourdough starter, and more. . . .
From the Wood Fired Oven is more than a cookbook; it reminds the reader of how a wood-fired oven (and fire, by extension) draws people together and bestows a sense of comfort and fellowship, very real human needs, especially in uncertain times. Indeed, cooking and baking from a wood-fired oven is a basic part of a resilient lifestyle, and a perfect example of valuable traditional skills being put to use in modern times.