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A Handful of Flour is not simply a book of recipes but, like Shipton Mill itself, is grounded in the belief that flour matters. A simple ingredient which, if chosen and treated with care, can make all the difference.

Shipton Mill’s flour is the one that professional and home bakers namecheck. Tess Lister will show you how to choose the best flour for breads, pastry, pizza, cakes, tarts, biscuits and more. As well as covering the well-loved varieties of white and wholemeal flours, Tess will introduce you to ancient grains such as spelt, einkorn, emmer and khorasan. The book also explores the stunning flavours of many gluten-free flours, including rice, almond, chestnut and teff.

Whether you simply want exciting recipes that explore the full range of flours available to us or to understand how best to employ them in your baking, this book will become as enduring as the Mill itself.


Shipton Mill: the flour fuelling Britain's baking revolution.
the Guardian
A beautiful book, drawing on a wealth of expertise and tradition... Bread making enthusiasts will love the likes of rock salt and rosemary focaccia, but there are also recipes for quiches, pizzas, pasta and puddings.
Juanita Coulson, The Lady
This book will help you to discover and bake with incredible varieties of grains and flours. Bonne boulange!
Richard Bertinet
It's such a treat to be allowed into the world of Shipton Mill through this book. We get to meet the Shipton family, friends and millers, we learn about all sorts of flours and then, to boot, get inspired to cover our own kitchen work surfaces in flour. The tradition of milling flour and making bread is a timeless one. Keeping things simple when so much in life gets more complicated is actually really hard. Any business or book which manages to pull this off deserves to be celebrated.
Yotam Ottolenghi
John Lister's artful blend of idealism, manufacturing ingenuity and style has made Shipton the UK's leading organic mill and a key supplier of fl our to the artisan bread revolution. The story of a restless creativity at work is jauntily told by his daughter in this exposition of life in an exceptional country mill, celebrating grain, flour and bread with a host of information and well-worked contemporary recipes.
Andrew Whitley, author of Bread Matters and founder of the Real Bread Campaign
This is the book I've been waiting for... what a joy to see the skills and knowledge being passed on with such passion by the miller's daughter.
Darina Allen
A Handful of Flour; recipes from Shipton Mill, has sought to gather all her family's knowledge about flour in one place, along with some delicious recipes, from bread, to pasta and puddings.
The Telegraph
A beautiful and comprehensive guide to baking with a variety of grains and flours... a must for any avid baker.
Good Housekeeping
Foolproof recipes from flour expert Tess Lister are ideal for bakers of all abilities.
Great British Food Magazine