> With all due respect, the recent posts about banneton include too much
> whining about the relative cost of these special dough-rising baskets.
> Yes, you COULD proof a rustic loaf in a cheap China-made basket lined
> with unwashable fabric of unknown origin, or line an ordinary bowl with
> a linen dish towel, but it won't be the same. The characteristic imprint
> made by the beautiful craftsmanship of an Austrian-made brotformen cannot
> be duplicated by these cut-rate means. You get what you pay for!
That would be a good argument if it were not normal to buy stuff exported to
America, from England say (made there too|!), and buy it in US at 60% of the
price. Look at CDs if you don't believe me. I have bought German stuff,
clearly marked "made in Germany" in the US at nearly half the price in
Germany, ditto France. The fair price yes.