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Even in today' s fast-moving electronic age there is no substitute for personal experience which builds one' s own portable information source. However, few of us will spend long enough in positions that allow the systematic build-up of the appropriate knowledge through 'trial and error' studies. Aspects of problem solving may be taught in our years of academic study but these are seldom detailed enough to provide us with the comprehensive information base required.

Personal contacts with experts and consultants can be used to supplement the individual information base. Contact with other professional bakers and professional baking organisations is invaluable because it allows access to a wider range of experiences. Thus membership of professional bodies such as the British Society of Baking, the American Society of Baking and the Australian Society of Baking, which are linked with one another, has benefits in developing one' s own knowledge base.

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