Kneading bread-dough is excellent exercise for your arms, pectoral muscles and mid-section. Put both palms into your dough, then push, pull, fold, pound and push again for ten minutes. It’s practically a full-body exercise when done vigorously. And there’s nothing like the aroma of bread baking in your oven. A good bread-making guide is Judith and Evan Jones’ THE BOOK OF BREAD, published by Harper & Row in 1982. Another good source of recipes and bread-baking techniques is Beatrice Ojakangas, who was featured in a chapter of BAKING WITH JULIA. And, you could visit The Elegant Cook‘s page of recipes for breads from around the world.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010