Take a gastronomic tour around the globe without leaving your kitchen. Forty carefully tested recipes allow you to prepare traditional breads from all over the world and savor their satisfying, freshly baked pleasures. An introductory section explains the basics so simply that even complete beginners can create the most exotic mouthwatering loaves. Get a taste of France with a baguette or pain de campagne. Make focaccia or ciabatta to complement your Italian meals. Enjoy the renowned Irish soda bread or English scones. Hearty multigrain bread and soft pretzels take you on a journey to Germany. Try Nordic bread with walnuts, bear bread from Belgium, Greek pita, Arabian bread, Mexican tortillas, Indian chapati, and many more. Ideas are also included for making decorative breads to use as centerpieces, serving bowls and trays, and unusual gifts.