The Best Sourdough Books for 2024

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What are the best sourdough books? 

I hear that question a lot from you. In this post, I will review some popular sourdough books. You will learn what I do and don’t like about them. Ultimately, it is more about finding the right book for you than assuming that there is one best sourdough book. 

How I Have Selected These Books

Of course, every selection will be somewhat biased. Since my sourdough content is so popular and I think and breathe sourdough, I have been reading a lot of sourdough books. Just know that my sourdough method is very unique. You will not find that in any book but maybe I should write one …

Sometimes, I find a recommendation in a sourdough Facebook group and might check that out. 

I also do not need to own tons of sourdough books. Therefore, I often check them out at my local library. If I end up liking the book a lot, I might buy it. I have checked out most of the 33 sourdough books our local public library system carries! However, I do like and recommend the sourdough books below!

The Criteria I Used

These are some of the criteria I will discuss below:

  • readability (how easily you can consume the content)
  • quality of photographs
  • types and number of sourdough recipes
  • is it appropriate for beginners or do you need some experience
woman with stack of 8 sourdough books on table

What All These Great Books Have In Common

  • They all teach you how to make your own starter
  • They go into the science of sourdough bread
  • They all have delicious recipes
  • They feature recipes with whole grains and alternative grains
  • They are geared towards the amateur baker
  • No matter which of these bread books you buy, it will make you a better baker

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1. Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa

What I like about this book:

  • It is definitely a beginner’s guide
  • It has step-by-step instructions on how to make a sourdough starter
  • Beautiful full-color photography
  • More than 65 unique recipes (as per the publisher)
  • Basic recipes with everyday ingredients
  • 207 pages
  • Affordable price ($18.34 on at the time of writing this post) 

What I don’t like:

  • Paperback books sometimes don’t stay open
  • The font is really small
  • Some recipes seem a bit too much and are just variations of other recipes

Verdict: I recommend Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple book

2. The Sourdough Whisperer by Elaine Boddy

What I like about this book:

  • It is appropriate for beginner bakers
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Extensive FAQ section
  • Beautiful, full-color photography
  • 40 versatile recipes (as per the publisher) 
  • 192 full-color pages
  • Affordable price ($16.69 on at the time of writing this post)

What I don’t like:

  • Some paragraphs are very long and hard to skim
  • Paperbacks often don’t lie flat on the counter

Verdict: I highly recommend The Sourdough Whisperer by Elaine Boddy

The Sourdough Whisperer book

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3. Homemade Sourdough by Jane Mason

What I like about this book:

  • Very beginner-friendly
  • Step-by-step tutorials
  • Helpful troubleshooting sections
  • Beautiful, full-color photography
  • 43 recipes, some pretty unique
  • 160 pages
  • Very affordable ($9.49 on at the time of writing this post)

What I don’t like:

  • some recipes seem a bit repetitive (or too similar to make it another recipe)

Verdict: I highly recommend Homemade Sourdough by Jane Mason

Homemade Sourdough book

4. The Sourdough School by Vanessa Kimbell

What I like about this book:

  • Great for the beginning home baker
  • Has personal stories, history, and background information
  • Includes 4 different types of sourdough starter
  • Very detailed step-by-step instructions
  • Inspiring, full-color photos
  • 29+ recipes for every skill level
  • 208 pages
  • Not too expensive ($22.49 on at the time of writing this post)

What I don’t like:

  • Some recipes use pretty exotic ingredients (“smoked kibbled rye” or “spent ale grains” for example)

Verdict: I highly recommend The Sourdough School by Vanessa Kimbell

The Sourdough School book

5. Living Bread by Daniel Leader

What I like about this book:

  • Lots of interesting information about sourdough history, baking, and ingredients
  • Good enough for a professional baker
  • Beautiful photographs, some of which are black-and-white
  • 57 recipes from bakeries all over the world
  • Coffee table edition
  • 367 pages
  • Not too expensive ($24.99 on at the time of writing this post)

What I don’t like:

  • Almost a little too big for a cookbook
  • Very particular recipes
  • Not necessarily for beginners

Verdict: For anyone who wants to get deeper into sourdough baking, I do recommend Living Bread by Daniel Leader

Living Bread book

6. The Perfect Loaf by Maurizio Leo

What I like about this book: 

  • Very detailed information about ingredients and tools
  • Perfect for the serious bread baker by the master of sourdough
  • Stunning, full-color photography
  • Extremely detailed recipes and instruction
  • Too many recipes to count
  • Coffee table edition 
  • 431 pages

What I don’t like:

  • A bit more expensive ($30.99 on at the time of writing this post)
  • The book is a bit big for the home kitchen
  • Some recipes look a bit too detailed and specific (which might be a plus for some home bakers)

Verdict: While more expensive than the other bread cookbooks, I do recommend The Perfect Loaf by Maurizio Leo to anyone who is serious about their sourdough journey.

The Perfect Loaf book

7. Six Thousand Years of Bread: Its Holy and Unholy History

What I like about this book:

  • Deep dive into the history of bread
  • Very informative
  • Historic illustrations
  • Paperback
  • 399 pages
  • Not expensive ($14.95 on at the time of writing this post)

​What I don’t like:

  • ​Can be a bit lengthy
  • Scholarly writing style
  • Not a recipe book 

Verdict: I only recommend Six Thousand Years of Bread by H.E. Jacob for people who like to read a lot and learn the history and relevance of bread

Six Thousand Years of Bread book

8. Sourdough Culture by Eric Pallant

What I like about this book:

  • Great, entertaining writing style
  • Easy to read
  • Includes historic photographs and illustration
  • Contains 10 recipes, some of which are historic
  • 305 pages
  • ($20.49 on at the time of writing this post)

What I don’t like:

  • Nothing

Verdict: I highly recommend Sourdough Culture by Eric Pallant to anyone who enjoys good writing, good storytelling, and learning about the history of sourdough

Sourdough Culture book

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