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Recipe Testers March Newsletter

You may pass this newsletter along with instructions (scroll down) on how to log onto both the forum and the gallery by copying and pasting the link below.  Send it to other testers or to friends who are interested in bread making.

Our first full month of operation has come to a close.  The progress is amazing, the participation good, the discussions enlightening and the bread pictures beautiful.

In the month since Peter announced the start up of the sites (there are two) we have attracted over 185 members.

In the gallery we have added 350 photos in 30 albums and 60 people have left comments.  There have been over 9700 times that photographs were viewed.  This is real knowledge sharing.  The photos tell the tale of our successes, methods, friends and our group.  Please continue to contribute!  Post a BIO if you choose, there are four there to start.  It’s always nice to know what our peers look like and how they came to this love of bread making.

In the forum the recipe discussions show just how seriously Peter Reinhart's Recipe Testers are about their bread.  Beyond the recipe discussion are boards for events, workshops and ‘chit chat' suggested by a member, Mare.   Anthoer member, Xaipete, asked that a recipe board for seeded crackers be added.  Both of those features were added for your participation.

The forum’s members have posted over 700 messages in 95 topics  and the number of posts just keeps growing.

Xaipete has agreed to serve as our global moderator and I want to take a moment to acknowledge her work on the forum.  Peter talks about the testers’ efforts, the forum and much more in his presentation at the Omnivore Bookstore event.  Click here to watch the 75 minute talk about his career as a teacher and its spiritual nature.

If you read Peter's blog you know that testing reopened last Sunday.  The email requests on that day numbered over 100 and about 50 were enthusiastic new testers who had never participated before!

Please feel free to drop me personal message in the forum with your suggestion(s).  You can also reach me at



The Gallery


The Best Breads Gallery is our place to upload pictures and share our successful and problematic results.  More than that, it's a place to share techniques and bread made with or without the test recipes.  The first time you visit you may not even register as a user – you don't have to just to view the albums.  There are a few starter photographs to get things going.  As an unregistered visitor you may view any photo album but you may not upload new pictures. 


To add photographs to the gallery you'll need to register.  Just below the title of the gallery are four options:


Home * Register * FAQ* Login


 Click on the word register and you will be presented with the terms of use of the gallery.  After you click the 'I agree' button a form appears.  You must enter three pieces of information: your desired username, your password (twice) and your email address.  While it is possible to use your email address as a username, as in some other websites, this is not a good idea.  Your username will appear below any photographs you place on the website.  Keeping your email address less visible is better.  You can also add some additional information about yourself if you like, but this is optional.


Once you click "submit registration" your username is created.  Click * Login * on the top line to get access.  Enter your username and password.   If you check the box labeled 'remember me' you won't have to log in from the computer you started your membership with.  If you use another computer (say at the library) the username and password will be needed, so write it down and keep it in a safe place.  If you loose your password there is a place to click on the login screen to have it sent to your email address.


Adding pictures to the gallery is not too complicated.  There is a size restriction on the photos you may want to upload, about 1024 K.  This is the size of digital camera picture set to produce a 4x6  print.  It will vary from camera to camera.  If your picture is too big to upload it will need to be resized.  This can probably be done with the software that came with your camera.  If you need help with this email including a phone number and a best time to call.


After a successful login the top menu line changes to:


Home * Memberlist * My Profile * Upload file * FAQ * Logout [your username]


Click on * Upload File * and it is possible to place up to five pictures in a session.   There is a browse button to help you find the photographs on your PC or Mac.  Navigate to a picture you want to share, highlight it and click open.  Repeat the process and once you are finished selecting pictures click "continue."  There is one more step.  The screen will change to say the picture(s) were uploaded successfully and a continue button appears.  Click "continue" to display a small version of the first picture and a drop down to select the album.  Select the appropriate album from the drop down box, then give the picture a title and a description.  A few keywords may help others find your picture.  Next, click the continue button to send the photo to the gallery in the album you selected.  You can't really hurt anything, so don't be afraid to experiment.  If you think you made a mistake, email Mark to get a misguided posting placed in the correct album or deleted. 



 The Forum



An album exists for each of the recipes and next to the album is a link.  Clicking on this link takes you to the Recipe Tester's Forum where you'll find a message board for each recipe.  The album link takes you to the appropriate message board.  The first time you click on a recipe link and go to the forum you will be required to register.  You may use the same username and password for the forum as you did in the gallery.  The registration process is similar.  Registering in the forum also creates a way to email information to the tester community with a newsletter or general message.  While a newsletter is not immediately planned, messages to all testers are sometimes needed.


There are more boards too.  By clicking on the 'HOME' button above the recipe message board you'll find 'Events and Classes' with information about upcoming workshops and festivals.  At launch these categories are mostly empty, so check often for updates. There is also a calendar on the menu bar where the workshops and events will be noted.

Even though anyone visiting the forum can see the workshop, festival and general use areas, the recipe area of the forum is for testers only!  You will not be able to post, review or even see the message boards if you are not registered.  Registration is pretty easy now for the first month or so.  That will allow time to get the bulk of the testers registered.  At the end of the first month or so, the member list will be reviewed, non testers removed and registration will require approval.


We are launching today with a caveat!  All of this is brand new and will require some 'tweaking' so your input and guidance will be most helpful.  If you run into problems please email the administrator, and DON'T send anything intended for the gallery or forum to Peter's "bestbreads" tester mailbox except testing results.  This is important! 


This should be a lot of fun!



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