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RIP Bernard Clayton, Jr. - a great author of groundbreaking bread baking and other books

buttertart Apr 6, 2011 06:00 AM


Mr. Clayton's books have been a great source of information and inspiration for many bakers over the years.

I think his greatest single achievement is "The Breads of France", which was the first of its kind to appear in English and is to this date the most complete English-language book available on the topic.

He was 94 when he died and I was chuffed to see that his most recent publication (a revision) was only five years ago.

Adieu et bravo M. Clayton, vous nous manquerons.

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    magnolia Apr 6, 2011 03:58 PM

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have the Complete Book of Soups and Stews and the New Complete Book of Breads. His recipe for English muffin bread is a staple at our house. I read his books for the pleasure of reading them. What a wonderful researcher and generous writer!

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    1. re: magnolia
      Squint Apr 6, 2011 07:17 PM

      The English Muffin bread is one of our favorites too. I have made so many recipes from the New Complete Book of Breads over the years I have owned it. The next generation of our family is starting to bake all favorites too.

      Rest in Peace Mr. Clayton.

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      nikkihwood Apr 6, 2011 09:05 PM

      "Cooking Across America" is a wonderful book, as well. Mr. Clayton was a terrific writer, as well as a terrific baker and cook.

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      1. re: nikkihwood
        buttertart Apr 7, 2011 05:53 AM

        That is very true - I enjoyed his Indiana down-to-earthness very much.

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