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Last year, an interesting book and I crossed paths.  I put it down and picked it back up, again and again.  I was intrigued.  My cookbook collection is housed on multiple bookshelves in the dining room, with an occasional pile in the family room but eventually those too make their way to the shelves.  Eventually.  Except for this one.  It has lived under my coffee table for over a year, within easy reach from the couch where I do a lot of my work.  The book?  Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole Grain Flours by Kim Boyce.  First out of the gate was a fantastic Whole Wheat Chocolate Cookie that completely changed my perception of whole grain baking. I never, and I mean never, thought a cookie containing 100% whole wheat flour would be that delicious.  There was nothing hippie dippy about them whatsoever.

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For the last two years, around the holidays, I have been immensely entertained by “The Piglet – Tournament of Cookbooks” at Food52.com.  It’s March Madness for cookbooks with the latest releases pitted head to head in brackets and judged by various experts in the field.  I usually root for my favorites – books I might own or authors I like – because it makes me feel like I know what I’m doing.  This past year, one book captured my attention as it advanced through the brackets– Good to the Grain – Baking with Whole Grain Flours by Kim Boyce.  At first, I was dismissive.  Whole grain baking.  Snooze.

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