Offer: Free Book: "How to Build Your Own Earth Oven"
This brand new book gives clear, illustrated instructions on how to build a low-cost, energy-efficient outdoor oven with as little as one day and $30 dollars in materials. I will happily cover the cost of shipping it to any community, organization or individual who can use it. To request the book, simply "respond to this post," or leave a comment below.
Earth ovens are familiar to many that have seen a southwestern "horno" or a European "bee-hive" oven. The idea (pioneered by Egyptian bakers in the second millennium bc!) is simplicity itself: fill the oven with wood, light a fire, and let it burn down to ashes. The dense, 3- to 12-inch-thick earthen walls hold and store the heat of the fire, the baker sweeps the floor clean, and the hot oven walls radiate steady, intense heat for hours.
Home bakers who can't afford a fancy, steam-injected bread oven will be delighted to find that a simple earth oven can produce loaves to equal the fanciest "artisan" bakery. It also makes delicious roast meats, cakes, pies, pizzas, and other creations. Pizza cooks to perfection in three minutes or less. Vegetables, herbs, and potatoes drizzled with olive oil roast up in minutes for a simple, elegant, and delicious meal. Efficient cooks will find the residual heat useful for slow-baked dishes, and even for drying surplus produce, or incubating homemade yogurt.
About the Author
Kiko Denzer lives with his wife in a small cabin in Blodgett, Oregon. This book comes out of his experience of learning about, and falling in love with mudÂ—the oldest (and, according to some, still the best) building material there is. It is also the product of his belief that participating in creation is better than going shopping. "Real value," he says, "is a function of involvement and life," not just the dollar price that you pay for "artisan" loaves in a fancy market.
As a sculptor, Denzer approaches both oven building and baking as art. As a writer and teacher, however, he sees art simply, as the fruit of human life and love. Quoting Kahlil Gibran, he says, "if work is love made visible, then love is everywhere you look." It follows, he continues, that "to be either artist or craftsman is no more and no less than it is to be human: to engage hands, head, and heart in the genesis of form and relationship; to celebrate and renew self and world; to be whole and wholly involved; to offer communion and to build community; or just to make a mud oven so you can bake your own bread."