Watching an episode of Modern Marvels recently and the topic was bread. They claim that bread goes back to some ancient leaving his porridge close to a fire long enough for it to get hard. However it began people have depended on the stuff to sustain life for millennium and America’s eat more of it than anyone. Mostly, however, we eat that Styrofoam white stuff that has little texture or flavor beyond the added sugar that makes it sweet and addictive.
One part of the program focused on the rise in popularity of artisan bakeries in America. Probably the easiest way to describe artisan bread is to say it is made by people who are old school. They are using the basic of flour, water, salt, and yeast, coupled with the strength of their hands, to whip up loaves like our great grandparents once enjoyed.
Artisan style breads are in fact becoming more common, even in small town groceries. But, what I want is an artisan baker to move to my town, take over an empty storefront, build a brick oven, and see enough people willing to pay the difference to keep the doors open. Seriously, is there anything better than a freshly baked loaf of crusty whole grain bread. Yeah, it’s a perfect French baguette slathered with real salted butter.
“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” ― Julia Child