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About Vanessa Kimbell
Vanessa Kimbell Vanessa Kimbell runs The Sourdough School in Northamptonshire. She is a sourdough baker who specialises in the relationship between fermentation, the gut microbiome and health.
She began baking sourdough as a young girl working in the village bakery in South West France age 11, and is known for her specialist knowledge and understanding of the nutrition and digestibility of bread. Day to day Vanessa teaches a range of courses at the award-winning Sourdough School specialising in bread for health. Covering topics that include bread and mental health, blood sugar balance IBS & baking for individuals with wheat intolerance.
The Digestion & Nutrition of Dread Diplomas a that Vanessa teaches to health care professionals are accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners, and her courses were named in the top Three courses in the UK by the Times, Top 10 in the UK by the Telegraph and The Evening Standard.
Vanessa is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and is acknowledged around the world as being "The Queen of Sourdough," - The Telegraph.
QUOTES ABOUT VANESSA
“Vanessa’s work on sourdough and the gut microbiome is changing the way we think of food, health and baking.” – Professor Tim Spector, Kings College London
Vanessa's recipes will have you " wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen.' Nigella Lawson
‘She’s an enthusiast, a delighter in life’s most civilised pleasure, and a grown-up who’s retained a child-like wonder at the mysteries of the world.’ – Sheila Dillon BBC Radio 4 Food Programme
“Vanessa won’t just teach you to make Sourdough bread, she will blow you away with how you can incorporate it into your everyday baking,” - Baker & Author Dan Lepard
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'It is impossible to read this book without wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen.' Nigella Lawson
Foreword by Tim Spector
The benefits of sourdough are well known - the slow fermentation process creates a healthier and lighter dough that is easier to digest - but until now they have been mainly linked to bread. If it rises, however, it can be made with sourdough, and in this ground-breaking new book, Vanessa Kimbell focuses on sweet sourdough bakes that not only nourish the gut but also improve your mood.
Using a variety of flours, including chestnut, spelt and einkorn, as well as blends you can make up yourself, the classic recipes and new ideas for flavour combinations cover everything from cakes, tarts and biscuits, to doughnuts, brioche and pretzels, and rely on natural sweetness wherever possible.
Recipes include Morello Cherry Shortbread, Chocolate, Tangerine & Pistachio Cakes, Carrot & Walnut Cake, Doughnuts and Mille-feuille as well as vinegars, compotes, cultured creams, butters and ghee. There is even Chocolate, Almond & Hazelnut Spread and Sourdough Vanilla Ice Cream.
Vanessa also explains how sourdough helps to maintain the health and diversity of your gut microbiome. From understanding the benefits of having diversity in your diet to the amazing work of enzymes, this book is about understanding the connection between our food, gut microbiome and the potential impact on our mental health. New studies are unveiling links between the microorganisms in our gut and our mood and behaviour, and Vanessa is at the forefront of this research.
'Britain's queen of sourdough.' - Telegraph
'Vanessa Kimbell wants to change the bread we eat, one loaf at a time. She's the real deal: a total inspiration.' - Diana Henry
'Just five years ago if someone said to you that they were writing a book about sourdough bread and mental health you would have thought they needed psychiatric help. Today nobody is laughing as the latest science tells us that microbes are the key link between food and the health of our mind and bodies.' - Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth
'Master the art of sourdough with Vanessa and you will learn how to look after your own gut microbes and health.' - Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth
At her renowned Sourdough School, Vanessa has taught countless students the secrets of this healthy, more easily digestible bread, and now she has compiled her teachings for the home baker. From creating your own starter from scratch, you'll then move on to basic breadmaking techniques, before progressing to using sprouted grains and experimenting with flavours to produce Fig and Earl Grey and Cherry Plum loaves. With step-by-step photography, detailed instructions, specialist advice and Vanessa's indispensable encouragement, The Sourdough School celebrates the timeless craft of artisan baking.
'Fast to make, slow to ferment - how to fit baking nourishing, delicious and wholesome sourdough into everyday life' - Dr Michael Mosley
'Britain's queen of sourdough.' - Telegraph
'She's the real deal: a total inspiration.' - Diana Henry
'Vanessa's work on sourdough and the gut microbiome is changing the way we think of food, health and baking.' - Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth
Sourdough is one of the tastiest and most nutritious breads you can make, but it has a reputation for being both tricky and time-consuming. 10-Minute Sourdough is Vanessa Kimbell's foolproof guide to slow bread for those with busy lives.
None of the fuss-free, no-knead recipes - which include everything from a basic sourdough boule to tomato focaccia and apple spelt sourdough with cinnamon butter - require more than 10 minutes' active work in total (not including fermentation time or time in the oven) and mean that anyone can turn their hand to sourdough baking, no matter how little time they have.