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Bread Therapy

Bread Therapy

‘Bread Therapy is a book that deserves to be read from cover to cover, but it ultimately belongs in the kitchen: whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, you’ll find the recipes immaculately explained, with infinite attention to detail, and inspiring ideas for the creative bread maker. An exciting new voice in the world of food writing.’
– Orlando Murrin, President of the Guild of Food Writers

‘A heartfelt, enlightening book for the baker in your family, your friends, and especially the baker within you.’

– Dan Lepard, award-winning baker, food writer and photographer

When life gets challenging, simple pleasures and timeless traditions can help us manage.

Bread Therapy is a love letter to the art of making real bread.

Making our own bread provides us with an unhurried, creative activity that is joyful, calming and productive – providing a much-needed antidote to life’s stresses and strains. From kneading dough, to taking a delicious-smelling freshly baked loaf out of a hot oven, bread-making can be a mindful experience and a therapeutic craft that can nurture and nourish us. As yeast transforms flour and water, so making bread can transform us and our lives.

As we seek ‘slow skills’ to free us from the digital world we are inhabiting more and more, and mindful activity to help us manage our mental wellbeing, so bread-making is experiencing a renaissance. This book will guide you through the art of bread making, with insight into the benefits of this ancient craft which will nourish mind and body. It celebrates bread making as a way of understanding ourselves better, learning important life lessons and making positive changes to our mental and physical wellbeing. It features eight simple bread recipes to get you started on your bread-making journey.

Pauline Beaumont is a passionate bread baker, mother of six and counsellor who believes fervently in the power of bread-making to aid our emotional and psychological wellbeing.

‘Pauline Beaumont writes persuasively about the power of something as simple as breadmaking to help us cope with life’s stresses and disappointments.’
Andrew Whitley, author of Bread Matters and DO Sourdough – Slow bread for busy lives
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Genre: Medicine / Other Branches Of Medicine / Therapy & Therapeutics

On Sale: 17th September 2020

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781529359596

Reviews

It is a rare pleasure to spend time in the company of such a thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate food writer. Pauline Beaumont explains how making bread in all its many forms can help your mental and physical health, as well as provide you with something wholesome and delicious to enjoy and share. Bread Therapy is a book that deserves to be read from cover to cover, but it ultimately belongs in the kitchen: whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned expert, you'll find the recipes immaculately explained, with infinite attention to detail, and inspiring ideas for the creative bread maker. An exciting new voice in the world of food writing.
Orlando Murrin, President of the Guild of Food Writers
Pauline Beaumont's Bread Therapy is a reassuring, generous book that answers the big question of why we bake bread rather than buy and shows the healing power that crafting and baking a loaf offers us. It's a heartfelt, enlightening book for the baker in your family, your friends, and especially the baker within you.
Dan Lepard, award-winning baker, food writer and photographer
Pauline Beaumont writes persuasively about the power of something as simple as breadmaking to help us cope with life's stresses and disappointments. In her gentle explanations, age-old wisdom informs modern psychotherapeutic practice and the traditional craft of baking real bread at home emerges as both metaphor and métier. Her belief that 'the final gift of breadmaking is to spread the word, for you to express your care for others through bread and, in doing this, inspire others' shines through a book that may well change lives.
Andrew Whitley, author of Bread Matters and DO Sourdough – Slow bread for busy lives
We love this book as it sums up exactly how we feel about bread. Bread is like a small animal; it needs feeding, resting and quite a lot of love to get it to feel right. Caring for it gives you a huge buzz. Bread also has the ability to care for you and making bread is such a simple and pure way of boosting mental wellbeing. Pauline's book captures the magic of this equation beautifully.
Alex and Kitty Tait, founders of The Orange Bakery
The Real Bread Campaign has long believed in and championed the benefits of making Real Bread by hand. It's great to see Pauline helping to spread this message to even more people. As lovingly crafted as a handmade loaf, this book guides you through why and how Real Bread can be better for you, not just while you enjoy eating it, but first as you enjoy making it. Along the way you'll discover the opportunities for making connections with the food you eat, with people around you, and with yourself. One day, we would like to see Real Bread making offered on prescription. For now, this book will help many more people to find happiness in a bag of flour.
Chris Young, coordinator of the Real Bread Campaign and its Rising Up initiative, and author of Slow Dough: Real Bread and Knead to Know
I have read Bread Therapy with pleasure, interest and admiration. Pauline has written so thoughtfully, clearly and lovingly about the benefits, delights and surprises of breadmaking for both mind and body. It will help the reader feel good inside and out. As Pauline says: "managing expectations in baking and life leads to calm acceptance". Even a doorstop loaf can't stop the door being opened any more!
Nick Jones, past Chairman of the Traditional Cornmillers Guild
Bread Therapy is a deeply nourishing read, offering a fresh and inspiring application of both mindfulness and self-care. A genuine feast for the senses.
Suzy Reading, author of Self-Care for Tough Times
A meditation upon, and life lessons from, the art and science of bread making, beautifully exploring its importance in our societal, emotional and physical lives. A joyful, comforting and helpful book at any stage of life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sasha Bates, author of Languages of Loss
A perfect recipe for wellbeing - self-help mixed with baking!
Juliet Sear, TV baker and author