I may have found a new project:
Build Your Own Earth Oven : A Low-Cost, Wood-Fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
I haven’t gotten my hands on the book yet, mind you – this came from a passing recommendation in the “Kitchen Questions” podcast from APM’s The Splendid Table (yay public radoi!). A listener had called in raving about her wood-fired oven that she built herself for all of $21, and had questions about cooking the Thanksgiving dinner in the oven.
I’ve got an idea for where to do this in the back yard. There’s an underutilized spot behind the garage that ought to work nicely and be relatively out of the way. I may have to throw in doing a whole pile of yardwork (something I detest) to convince the wife (who knows nothing of this yet) that I’m not crazy. First, I have to convince myself that I’m not crazy. It would be cool to come back from Christmas vacation and say that I’d built an earthenware oven in my back yard, though….