Aug 18, 2011 8:35 AM
There's something to that old saying about cooks being relaxed while bakers are rigid (anal, crazed, animals). We think bakers are considered a little bit nutty because all it takes is looking at bread wrong the wrong way for it to refuse to rise, get hard as a brick, and resemble a very large crouton. The Art and Soul of Baking ($26) by Cindy Mushet will walk you through that focaccia bread with pictures, handy suggestions, and ageless tips. Your mom-in-law will be so impressed, maybe she'll give talking about your husbands old girlfriend a rest. Maybe.