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Book Review: Bread Lab! by Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly

November 30, 2018 0 comments


Bread Lab! By Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly
From Miss Shandra at Main Library

Bread Lab! is a brand new book that immediately caught my attention. The cover page is bright and fun, with two kids and a dog standing behind a large slice of bread. This picture book follows Iris, her Aunt Mary, and her dog, Charlie.

Aunt Mary is coming to visit. She is a plant scientist, who helps farmers study the plants that we use for food. Aunt Mary brings a jar containing a starter, named Flora. Flora is just a fun, science-y name for the sourdough bread starter. Aunt Mary describes Flora to Iris. Flora is just flour and water that has begun to ferment and create yeasty bubbles. This is what gives bread its holes.

Aunt Mary’s bread takes 4 simple ingredients-starter, flour, salt, and water. She teaches Iris how to knead the bread, let it rest or rise, shape it, and then bake it. It takes lots of patience to make homemade bread, but the results are well worth it!

I loved this book. It’s just the right amount of story and information. The book was easy to follow, and very informative about how to make bread. One of my favorite things about this book is that the last few pages actually teach the reader how to create a starter, and how to bake a fresh loaf- from scratch! This made me think of my childhood. My mom always had a starter on the countertop, and I would watch her countless times, baking bread from the starter. It really is a fond memory that I got to reminisce on while reading Bread Lab! Every family should get the opportunity to make bread and taste the results.

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