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Ex-Microsoft Tech Guru Explores Nexus Of Tradition, Innovation In Making Bread

October 1, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
Former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, who has written a 2,642-page book on bread making, says the craft is ancient, but it’s golden age is now. Myhrvold collaborated not only with co-author Francisco Migoya, but also with an army of chefs, scientists, writers, and researchers over four years to create the five-volume opus, “Modernist Bread.” It is partly a cookbook, once you get past the first three volumes. But the real focus is the intersection of tradition and innovation in making bread. An example is the debunking of the traditional technique of kneading dough. It’s just simply not necessary: “… to a large extent kneading is a fraud,” he says. “Kneading does not do what most baking books say it does.”
Michael Floreak, "Ex-Microsoft Tech Leader Knows the Science of Baking Bread", PageSuite, October 01, 2017, © PageSuite Limited
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