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Harbison, Elizabeth M.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 1997
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 1556523114
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Yummy. Bread. It smells so good when it comes out fresh from the oven. What could be better than a nice slice of bread with jam. Many of us eat bread daily. Bread has been a very important food for people throughout the ages. Do you wonder how it is that today we have such a wide variety of breads to enjoy all over the world? The French have bread shaped into long crusty loaves called baguettes. People from India enjoy round flat breads called chapati. Jewish people have the egg bread called challah. A peek at the past will reveal some amazing facts.  Prehistoric people formed crushed grains and water together into a mush and cooked the mush on rocks heated in an open fire. Later, as civilization advanced, in Rome, almost every house had an oven specially made to bake bread.  Bakers in Rome were so highly respected, that many people wanted to become bakers.  There was even a baking school in that city. Two thousands years ago, Rome had over 200 commercial bakeries. Did you know that bread has been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs? But there's more fun to come from reading this book. You might want to try your hand at baking some of the great variety of breads that the book includes. There are recipes for challah braid, pita bread, pretzels, Amish friendship bread, corn bread, holiday breads, and so much more. (May Harn Liu,, librarian)
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