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”

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”