Martin posted the following but it ended up as a comment on something unrelated so I’ve moved it up here:
I am just setting up a new part-time bakery, so the web site is a work in progress.
Visited your site and just found this blog. I have a similar intention only bake at the weekend and only the bread I want to bake.
I am a bit confused. Have you written a book? When will it be available? I would love to purchase a copy.
Nice to hear from you Martin. Like the sound of “only the bread I want to bake”. There’s certainly nothing I could tell you about setting up a bakery.
There are now two books, the big book and the little book. The big book is what I was writing earlier in the year in France. It attempts to describe how I got into baking and the journey to setting up the microbakery, how it works, and finally, the recipes in the repertoire. By the time we got back I have written everything except for the recipes. That sounds silly but all the recipes are in spread sheet formulas and can be easily written up as and when I have time.
When we got back I sent the draft off to several friends and acquaintances for comments. Some loved the autobiographical elements and some hated them. A number also asked who the book was aimed at. So I sat down and wrote the second book, Bethesdabasics, which is a straight-up-and-down introduction to sourdough, how to make a starter, bread making techniques, followed by thirteen recipes – campagne, classic, wholemeal, multigrain, five seed, baguettes, tomato bread, russian rye, parmesan & courgette flatbread, brioche au fromage de brebis aux figues, pizza, wheat tortillas,and red grape and fennel seed foccacia – the idea being to demonstrate the range of breads that can be made with sourdough.
This is just finished and I’m trying to work out how to market it. I shall probably start off by tryng to flog it as a pdf file over the net – soon as I can sort out Paypal. The other option would be to have it printed as it’s only around fifty pages long. The trouble is I would have to stump up to have a thousand printed before it started to be economical. Any ideas?
Have a look at Nils blog – ye olde bread blog – seems we arrived at the same stage at the same time.