Baking by Hand
When I saw this in the store, I was pretty skeptical. No mixer? Artisanal? Tempting, but what's the catch? But upon reading the introduction (yeah I do actually love reading those) I was excited to see that all the recipes, written by the owners of the New England bakery "A&J King Artisan Bakers," were baked in an "old piece of junk" home oven. In fact, the book is specially written for home bakers, and has meticulous instructions on the process and theory of baking. I particularly like the index to other great books and sources that the authors pulled from. The recipes extend from simple sour dough and focaccia, to a variety of sandwiches, to sweet pastries. Can't wait to start!