Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread (Hardcover)

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“I want you to experience the wonder of transforming flour, water, and salt into flavorful, crusty loaves.”

As the world feels ever more dangerous and unreliable, there is something soothing and grounding about basic human activities such as baking. We all feel alienated, and loneliness is on the rise; baking our own bread is one way of improving our physical and mental health, reconnecting us with real things, and providing us with helpful reminders of existential realities.

Pauline Beaumont is no stranger to the harsh realities of the modern world. As a therapist, she is constantly faced with the damaging impact of perfectionism on mental health. Her antidote? Baking bread, where plenty of things can (and do) go wrong. In Bread Therapy, she shares the wisdom she’s gleaned from practicing self-acceptance through baking. Pauline’s reflections on topics like creativity, relationships, and authenticity are accompanied by thoughtfully written bread recipes that will put these lessons into practice. For instance, escape your mind and connect with your body while kneading a classic Sourdough, or try mindful decision-making while experimenting with different add-ins for a Yeasted Loaf.

For anyone in knead of more positivity in their life, Bread Therapy is a delightful meditation on the intrinsic power of baking bread.

About the Author

Pauline Beaumont has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy, a post graduate certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapy and a Diploma in Group Work Practice. Based in a university Health and Wellbeing Service, she works as a student counsellor at Newcastle University, supporting students who are struggling with a wide range of mental health problems. Bread is a passionate hobby, and as a mother of six, feeding people is what makes her happy. She feels there is a synergy between therapeutic work, writing and baking bread that is fulfilling creatively and interpersonally. Mixing, proving and baking bread punctuates her week. She lives in Northumberland in the Northeast of the United Kingdom.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780358519034
ISBN-10: 0358519039
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Pages: 192