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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741107449
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Book Review: Wild Sourdough by Yoke Mardewi - Reviewed by newbaker (11 Nov 2013)
The book is badly badly written, ill-prepared and confusing. It is clear English is not the author's mother tongue so she should have taken the trouble to have it edited by a native speaker before she went to publication. The recipes are repetitive, (only the ingredients differ), and are merely a copy and paste of previous recipes. I used a few of the them which worked OK but with more complex ones, due to the author's poor attention to detail, some of the recipes are confusing and unclear. For example, she doesn't make it clear when adding ingredients such as barley, polenta and millet whether she is referring to dry or cooked weight and what type of grain she means (e.g. whole grains, coarse or fine, pearl barley or flakes, etc). She includes an email address in her book and I'm afraid I made the terrible mistake of emailing her for clarification. What an experience! Her first email was fairly dismissive which I initially put down to a possible language misunderstanding so I emailed again pointing out where it was unclear; I was wholly unprepared for the torrent of abuse I received in return! She accused me several times of 'lying" (charitably I think this might be her way of saying she thought I was incorrect) and argued it was my stupidity - quote: “ any person with common sense will guess" - rather then her poor description which was at fault. The author clearly has much work to do on her customer service skills and needs to understand that abusing her customers when they give feedback is hardly the best way to secure their loyalty and generate further sales. I will not be buying any more of her books or recommending them to anyone else.
Yoke's wish in writing Wild Sourdough is to inspire people to return to their kitchens with beautiful flours, and to start experimenting! Wild Sourdough is written from Yoke's point of view as a bread-making teacher and home-baker, and she measures her success by how many people she has 'infected' with her passion and knowledge of sourdough.
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