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Make Your Bread and Eat It Too Contest #5

Until we move on April 23, we are going to highlight one item from our extensive collection de stuff each day on the blog. One lucky commenter will win the highlighted thing. I don’t mind shipping said thing to you, wherever you are. So, is this thing Trash? Or Treasure? You decide………Today’s item is a gift I gave MTM and subsequently couldn’t enjoy myself. Ha.

I adore bread. Its cushiony center and flaky crust spell rapture on a plate. Spread with a little salted butter. Dipped in fragrant olive oil. Toasted and heaped with roasted tomatoes or stinky cheese.

That’s one of the reasons I bought MTM Jim Lahey’s My Bread. It was one of those selfish gifts, a seemingly thoughtful something that would give and give and give back to my happy taste buds for the rest of our natural lives, until we gained so much weight from eating bread that we would explode and die.

It really is amazing bread.

And, I can’t eat bread anymore. Oh, I still do sometimes, because I miss it so much. Gluten-free bread tastes like rocks, and I’ve tried every single one I can find. The horror of that process left me to decide that, when I wanted bread, I would just have it and deal with the consequences.

That means I usually have it in a restaurant, because I can get a small portion that won’t aggravate me. Though sometimes when confronted with the spongy pillows of goodness, I fall off the wagon, eat the whole plate, and pay for it later.

I am weak and pathetic. I know this about myself.

That is why MTM CANNOT make this bread for me at home. I will smell it baking, rip it from the oven, devour the entire thing hot and dripping with butter, and spend the rest of the day in the bathroom suffering. Flagellating. Questioning my very sanity.

Save me from myself. One lucky commenter will win this never-used copy of Jim Lahey’s My Bread. COME AND GET IT!!!

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  1. Sadness :( for you.
    It is now NYC’s mission to find and/or develop a good Gluten free bread for you.
    Do not include me in this give away as we already own the book…but if you want to donate my entry to someone else, feel free.

    April 21, 2012
    • The only one I’ve found that is even remotely edible is Against the Grain’s baguette (http://www.againstthegraingourmet.com/products/). It is fluffy and chewy and relies on tapioca flour for its texture. The problem with it is the amount of cheese they use in the dough. It really tastes like cheese, which isn’t bad until I want to put something on it. :)

      April 21, 2012
  2. Forgot the notification…

    April 21, 2012
  3. Bread is my weakness too. Fortunately, or unfortunately, as the case may be, I can still eat it. Apart from Roast Beef with Yorshire Puddings, as it’s not the done thing, I have bread with my meals.
    I’m sorry you can’t eat bread as I do know what you are missing.

    April 21, 2012
    • I eat slices occasionally. One slice doesn’t bother me. It often opens the floodgates, though. :)

      April 21, 2012
  4. Emily Guess #

    I use to make bread but Joey and I would eat the whole loaf when it was hot. He told me to stop making it.

    April 21, 2012
    • alice #

      I knew you would throw your hat in if a cookbook was a stake.

      April 21, 2012
    • What’s he going to say if you win this book and start baking it again? :)

      April 21, 2012
  5. Well–I’m tossing my hat in the ring for this one. You know I love to bake bread and this would just inspire me to amp up my baking! Then I can post the types of bread you can consume–photos of it–to my Facebook profile for you to enjoy.

    April 21, 2012
    • OOOOHHH, and I’m just about to have some lovely sourdough whole wheat toast made from the sourdough starter you gave me.

      April 21, 2012
    • There are some really lovely-looking recipes in this book. You would certainly do it justice.

      April 21, 2012
  6. I’m sorry to hear that you shouldn’t be eating bread, Andra. I love it. And the smell when it is baking, well, yes, you do feel as though you want to… I’m not helping am I? Hope you find a delicious gluten free loaf very soon.

    April 21, 2012
    • I think ‘delicious’ and ‘gluten-free’ are not compatible terms when used in the same sentence.

      April 21, 2012
  7. God, I love bread. Trying to eat a whole lot less of it recently, but, bascially, it may be my favorite food.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    April 21, 2012
    • I’m just thankful popcorn doesn’t contain any gluten, because I’m eating more of it now in place of bread………

      April 21, 2012
  8. alice #

    Ahhh bread! It is so satisfying to make. And my husband and daughter will bite off your hand if you take more than your share when it is done. So count me in.

    April 21, 2012
    • alice #

      Actually I give my entry to my mom. I’ll just “borrow” it from her if she gets it. It is how I get half of my cookbooks.

      April 21, 2012
    • What is your dad going to say to all this?

      April 21, 2012
      • alice #

        pass the butter

        April 21, 2012
  9. Tis I, Sir Lancelot, come to rescue the fair damsel from the evil clutches of Duke Gluteni. I shall be merciful with the evil bread, be ye assured of such.

    April 21, 2012
  10. I. LOVE. BREAD.

    April 21, 2012
  11. Andra, this speaks straight to the heart of the bread man’s daughter (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1789051809708&set=a.1143784998441.2021655.1341961177&type=3&theater).

    My Dad was a route salesman (delivered to an established route of groceries, local bars and restaurants, etc.) for Perfection Bakeries (http://youtu.be/uqzt0kVhJxQ) nearly his entire working life. Hence, Little Miss Sunbeam’s smiling face and her bread and sandwich buns were staples on our table, along with the occasional cake (before the bakery phased them out) and the week-end breakfast treats of cinnamon rolls or oooey gooey, gloriously sweet and sticky pecan rolls!! I tended to lean toward the “chubby” as a kid and I’m sure it was in part attributable to all those Sunbeam sandwiches and breakfast rolls! :) I still love bread but, in the interest of staying less “chubby,” I don’t eat a lot of it anymore either! Hugs!!

    April 21, 2012
    • An awesome story, Karen. Thank you for sharing it. I’m REALLY hungry now…….

      April 21, 2012
  12. Kim #

    As the second daughter of the “bread man” Karen referenced, I too would like to be considered for this wonderful book! Thanks.

    April 21, 2012
  13. Me too, me too. Pick me.

    April 21, 2012
    • Penny, I know you’d do justice to this bread just from reading your blog. :)

      April 21, 2012
  14. Hmmm…not in the running, as I have too many cookbooks. But oh my GOD I love bread. I’m so sorry you can’t have gluten products. That sucks rocks.

    April 21, 2012
    • Bread is really the only thing I miss. I thought I’d miss pasta, but I don’t at all.

      April 21, 2012
  15. This is neither witty not prizewinning and I’m sure you’ve already tried it. But just on the offchance: have you tried making gluten free in a breadmaker? My sister in law is gluten intolerant and they went through hell before finding a decent recipe. We bought her a breadmaker for some birthday or other and I believe they’re very happy with their daily fresh warm bread, mouthwatering smell and all.

    April 21, 2012
    • I have heard that bread makers can do good GF bread, but I haven’t tried one. Maybe after the move calms down I will treat myself.

      April 21, 2012
  16. Trying to minimize paper books around here (then why did you just come out of that flea market with an armload, missy? Shut up, I needed them.), but this is right up Annie’s alley. She does no-knead bread a lot these days – YAY!

    You’re doing your body a great favor by avoiding gluten if you are sensitive. Go Villi-nova! Picture those little guys all healthy and fluffy, and not beaten-down and flat by gluten.

    For clarity, I’m not entering this round.

    April 21, 2012
    • It is excellent bread if Annie seeks additional inspiration.

      I feel so much better since I mostly cut out gluten. Fewer stomach issues and more energy.

      April 21, 2012
  17. Oooh, I put my vote in the ring for Cheryl, then I can try some tasty breads at Andra’s next get together!

    Gluten free is probably one of the hardest things to have to try to do, it is in everything it seems…

    April 21, 2012
    • Cheryl would have a ball with this book.

      April 21, 2012
      • a ball of dough?! :)

        April 21, 2012
      • Ha ha.

        April 21, 2012
      • A ball of dough?

        April 21, 2012
      • Hah! I read comments in clicked reply before reading Kenneth’s sassy reply!

        April 21, 2012
      • lol, great minds and all that

        April 21, 2012
      • Thought that would get a rise out of you. There is a grain of truth in it though, and we kneed that.

        April 22, 2012
      • Michael, you leaven the day with yeasty comments.

        April 22, 2012
      • Of course I do. Do you think I just loaf around? Or were you trying to butter me up?

        April 22, 2012
      • Hah! Got me.

        April 22, 2012
  18. I understand, Andra…I can’t do bread either, well, not without consequences. If you miss pb on a bread substance (sorry, I’m a nut butter nut!) try food for life’s brown rice tortillas. When room temp, they are light and pliable for a smear of something ~

    April 21, 2012
    • Corn tortillas have become the holy grail for me. Brown rice ones would probably be better for me, though. Thanks for the rec, Angela. I will definitely check them out.

      April 22, 2012
  19. Bread really is the ultimate comfort food…I can’t stay away from it too well…and I don’t have a gluten intolerance, I just don’t need those calories. I have another cookbook for the no-knead method and it is really quite good. I think you’re making the right decision in getting this book out of your house–it would be impossible for you to resist.

    And I wanted you to know, thank you! thank you! The book arrived safely today…you packed it so carefully. I’ll be sharing a post about this later in the week…I am delighted :-) Debra

    April 22, 2012
    • So glad the book made it to you in one piece, Debra. I’m glad it is now in your collection.

      April 22, 2012
  20. Denise #

    A little play on words made think of this…. (Bread, own)

    April 22, 2012
  21. Good thing I didn’t win – I am not fond of all things domestic. ;)

    April 23, 2012

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