Picks and Pans Review: Flatbreads and Flavors

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

On their quest to master the art of exotic breads, Alford and Duguid have crisscrossed the globe, probing the mysteries of roti in Sri Lanka, sponge-bread in Ethiopia and oatcakes in Scotland, picking up tips on perfect tortillas, pizzas and pitas and taking notes on local cultures. The result of their pilgrimages over the years is this winning "baker's atlas," with more than 60 bread recipes and 150 suggestions for accompanying dips, sauces, soups and stews. It's a true celebration of the staff of life. (Morrow, $30)

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