Book Review and Giveaway: Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast

It’s time for a book review and giveaway! Today’s book is the one above. It’s the sequel to the one below.


If you haven’t snagged a copy of the prequel above, ask your mom or husband to give it to you for Christmas this year. Or get it sooner if you can. It will change your life! If you are into baking with whole grains, then this book is a must! You will learn how to use natural yeast, which is simply water and flour left to sour. Then you use it in the place of commercial yeast. The result is bread and baked goods that are much better for your body. Seriously! The bread and other baked goods will be more nutrient dense, with the nutrients much more bio-available. That’s because the phytic acid in the whole grains will be neutralized. When I went to a class featuring one of the co-authors, Melissa, the hostess claimed that her husband could eat this sourdough bread even though he had celiac disease.  The prequel covers the basics: how to make a sourdough, aka natural yeast starter, and how to make the basics of bread, baguettes, rolls, muffins, pancakes, waffles, crepes, chocolate cake, and flatbread. You can read more about it here.

OK, back to the sequel. The sequel is just as a-maz-ing! You will learn how to make even more wonderful baked goods using starter, such as:

  • dark and light rye bread
  • pumpernickle bread
  • soft pretzel rolls
  • jalapeno cheese sourdough bread
  • sprouted oat rolls
  • chia flax loaf
  • spelt rosemary flax bread
  • indoor dutch oven bread
  • campfire duth oven bread
  • more waffles
  • carrot cake waffles(!)
  • more pancakes, including orange blueberry pancakes
  • pumpkin pancakes
  • lemon poppyseed muffins
  • chocolate date muffins
  • pumpkin muffins
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • crackers, including ones like Cheezits, but much more healthful!
  • teff crackers
  • graham crackers
  • a whole slew of international breads, including challah and naan bread
  • pasta
  • mac and cheese
  • banana bread
  • granola bar cookies
  • multi-grain pastry flour
  • mango strawberry chiffon cake
  • swiss roll cake
  • carrot cake
  • bread pudding
  • croutons and stuffing
  • starter roux and white sauce
  • oatmeal cookies
  • gravy

Is your mouth-watering yet? Yum, yum, yum! I give this book 5 stars. I’ve made some recipes from it and thoroughly loved them. You can go to Melissa’s blog and get her oatmeal  cookie recipe to get an idea of her awesomeness. It’s not the exact one from her book, but it will give you an idea of baking with natural yeast. She also has a recipe for pie crust made from natural yeast here.

If you are interested in winning a copy of the book, please comment below. The random drawing will take place on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016.

50 Pumpkin Recipes: What the Heck Am I Going to Cook With All These Pumpkins!?! (Cooking With Leftovers Book 1) by [Sommers, Laura]

Here’s a free Kindle book (at the time of publication) full of recipes for pumpkin-y baked goods. It’s not totally whole foodsy, so I suggest a few substitutions:

  • melted butter for canola or other vegetable oil
  • sucanat for sugar
  • maybe raw milk with a bit of sugar added for the sweetened condensed milk
  • bone broth for the vegetable broth
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8 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast

  1. Lisa Pratt says:

    I would love this book. I would love to expand my horizons. Thank you for letting me know about it.


  2. Michelle Omer says:

    I loved the first book! Cant wait to use the sequel.


  3. Leslie-Maria says:

    Yeehah! I just dusted off Melissa’s first book after living a year gluten-free while healing my leaky gut, and have been experimenting with my revived dehydrated rye starter in making 100% spelt bread as I don’t want to return to using wheat. I subbed spelt for WW with no drama for years when I used a breadmaker and instant yeast, but it is a different ball-game with spelt and natural yeast, so I’d love to see her “take” on the alternate grains!


  4. Carolyn Terry says:

    I would love a copy of this book


  5. Jennetta says:

    Yum! I’d love a copy!


  6. justcute6 says:

    I would LOVE to learn more ways to use my start!


  7. treeoflifemama says:

    Congrats to Jennetta, winner of the random drawing! Sorry for being late with announcing the winner ladies as life was happening over here. Jennetta, please email me your snail mail address and I will get a copy to you. info (at) treeoflifemothering (dot) com


  8. I enjoyed your post! Here is a new tradition that I am trying to spread this holiday season. If you like it, please share it! Thanks, Rita


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