My bread is NOT art: why I am not an artisan baker

artisan bread

Art is a difficult word to define. For our purposes here I will say it is a form of expression that when experienced conveys some idea about the human condition. Wow. That’s a pretty heavy burden for a guy just trying to make a living selling flour, water, and salt. What I do is a craft. I have studied and developed the skills to create a product which offers pleasure and nourishment to my customers.  I put bread on your table, you put “bread” on mine. Simple. Continue reading “My bread is NOT art: why I am not an artisan baker”

What is Kombucha and why would I want to drink it?

Kombucha on the supermarket shelf
Kombucha on the supermarket shelf

I spend my days baking and selling Naturally Fermented Craft Beer Grain Crackers™ so I have spent a good deal of time obsessing over fermentation and the many ways it benefits our lives. Most recently this has led me to brew my first batch of kombucha.

Kombucha is fermented tea. It is an ancient beverage which seems to have origins in Manchuria and is now enjoyed throughout the world. It is similar to sparkling apple cider and produced like vinegar. Continue reading “What is Kombucha and why would I want to drink it?”

Five Inspiring Food Entrepreneur Podcasts

I love podcasts. As an entrepreneur, there are some days when you just have to get away from social media where everyone posts success stories and sales pitches, and tune into something real, honest, and useful. These are some of the podcast I listen to regularly to hear interviews with the people out there leading the revolution in the food industry.

When you are tired of true crime and political banter, subscribe to one of these. Even if you are not aspiring to run a food startup, you will find something inspiring and discover many excellent brands that you may have previously overlooked. I know I have been eating and drinking much better since I started listening! (Perhaps one day soon you will hear me on an episode discussing my Naturally Fermented Craft Beer Grain Crackers™.) Continue reading “Five Inspiring Food Entrepreneur Podcasts”

10 Essential Tools for Bread Baking

Essential tools for making artisan bread at home
Essential tools for making artisan bread at home

For now, humans have the edge over machines when it comes to making bread, but only slightly and the robots are coming for us. So let’s make the most of it and get busy making some great bread while we still can. Our hands are our most important tool. We don’t need much else. These essential tools will get us started and be there for us for a lifetime wether we bake one loaf a week or dozens every day. Continue reading “10 Essential Tools for Bread Baking”

Five Favorite Bread Baking Books

My favorite bread baking books
My favorite bread baking books

To be honest, there is not a bread book out there that I would not grab up in an instant. And there are many greats that I have yet to come in contact with such as Raymond Calvel’s The Taste of Bread or Nathan Myhrvold’s new five volume $500 set Modernist Bread. Perhaps I will find them under the Christmas tree this year, but for now, here are a few titles that have inspired and informed me. Continue reading “Five Favorite Bread Baking Books”

An independent in a connected world

For the past two and a half years I have been running pedal to the metal trying to build my small artisan bakery into a business of value and purpose. Walking away from one career and inventing a new has given me a unique perspective of how the world works, or sometimes doesn’t work, and how a person can make their way in this world.

I have always held the belief that hard work and focus is a direct line to security and comfort. That has always been my goal, and still is: peace of mind and enough wealth to explore and enjoy life and not become a burden on anyone else. Not a lot to ask for.

An obsession with European-style artisan bread turned into a successful home-based farmer’s market business. With an in-demand product and potential for growth, I expanded the operation, left my day job, and moved into a retail space on Main Street. Finally, I had become the captain of my own ship! Continue reading “An independent in a connected world”