The most up-to-date hypertext copy of FAQ.Sourdough.Questions & Answers currently available. This FAQ is the only Sourdough FAQ that is regularly updated and is composed of selected informative and interesting postings from rec.food.sourdough.
A text copy of FAQ.Sourdough.Questions & Answers is also archived at rtfm.mit.edu with an archive name of food/sourdough/faq.
FAQ.Starter.Doctor is archived at rtfm.mit.edu with an archive name of food/sourdough/starters.
FAQ.BasicBread is archived at rtfm.mit.edu with an archive name of food/sourdough/basicbread.
These FAQs are also posted regularly to Usenet newsgroup rec.food.sourdough which is a fairly active Usenet newsgroup discussing the making of sourdough bread. You can access Usenet newsgroups via Google Groups or via a Usenet Newsreader.)
The unc site hot linked above is also an ftp site so it can be reached with your favourite ftp program at:
'sunSITE.unc.edu' with a path of pub/academic/agriculture/rural-skills/food/sourdough/faqs/
1. Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter (Carl's Starter) is now distributed from a commemorative web site. Carl's tradition of returning a dried starter to any one who sent him a self-addressed stamped envelope is continued.
PO Box 993
Cascade, Idaho 83611
FAX (208) 382-3129
(Nine different starters at $US10.50 each. I sent an email note to firstname.lastname@example.org (Sourdoughs International) and they sent me a brochure about their starters in the mail.) They have a website at
3. http://www.thewilbournegroup.com/Sourdough/SourdoughStarterBuy.htm -- $8.99
4. http://tinyurl.com/6vm9g -- Mister Baker's Sourdough Starter Packet -- $3.95
A review of various bread and sourdough books by Roland Salandha
A review of Nancy Silverton's latest book by David Auerbach
A review of Ed Wood's new edition of his book
A review of Dan Wing's excellent book on natural leaven breads
Also, Worldwide Sourdoughs From Your Bread Machine. Donna German and Ed Wood. Published by Bristol Publishing Enterprises, Inc. $8.95 ISBN 1-55867-095-5
From the rear cover --
nearly 100 recipes, and special directions for every machine
complete directions and recipes for wild yeast sourdoughs -- superior in flavor and texture -- made in your machine from start to finish.
complete directions and recipes for wild yeast sourdoughs made on the dough cycle
"push button" recipes for sourdoughs that add commercial yeast to wild yeast, a trade-off that sacrifices some flavor and texture for more reliable results
There is a mailing list for bread making (not just sourdough). To subscribe to this list (Bread Bakers Digest) send mail to: email@example.com and in the body of the message put:
You also may want to look at these webpages:
http://www.angelfire.com/ab/bethsbread/sdMenu.html - another good sourdough primer
http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/full/64/7/2616 -- Michael Ganzle's thesis.
Entry for yeast (PDF file)
Entry for sour-dough (PDF file)
Please let me, darrell.web4 (at) telus.net (Darrell Greenwood), know of any other sites carrying good sourdough information that can be added to this page. Thanks.
Note: Darrell is no longer alive so his email doesn’t work.