I don't know if there is any interest here in this, but I thought I would post a link to a web-site I created for the sole purpose of spreading some really great information regarding bread baking.
I tried for years to bake bread, and my success rate was VERY low.
I bought a bread machine, and using the boxed mixes for it it worked fine, but if I tried any from-scratch recipe's, I had about a 50/50 chance of getting a good loaf - if you can describe a loaf of bread with a big hole in it a 'success'.
Then one day I read this little book - a very OLD little book - written by Catherine Clark. This gal mortgaged her home and bought a used commercial oven, a used panel-truck for delivery, and started baking bread and delivering it. She grew from that into a multi-million dollar business, back when a million bucks was a LOT of money!
And then she started feeling guilty, because she felt she had caused a lot of people to stop baking bread at home -
So she wrote this book. It is NOT a recipe book - it is a guide to the HOW of bread baking. It is a guide to the WHY of every ingredient and every stage of the process. I call it an Engineers Guide to Bread baking.
I read this book in one morning, and I have not had a single bread failure since!
So I wanted to spread the word.
The copyright on the book is expired.
The company that Catherine started is not going to re-print it.
So, I scanned in the book one page at a time, even the covers and all the illustrations. I ran the text through OCR software and converted it from image files so the text pages would download faster. I put the whole thing on a website I created just for this purpose.
After publishing it, a friend was kind enough to convert it to a PDF file as well, which can be downloaded and printed in case someone wants to do that rather than read it on line.
Check this out, guys -