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Microbakery: I have been baking sourdough for well over twenty years. In 2007, at the noble age of 60 and clearly heading into my second childhood, I set up Bethesdabakers, a home-based microbakery which at its peak supplied up to sixty individual customers plus restaurants, delicatessens and B&Bs. Back in 2007 there were no models for setting up a microbakery so I developed my own routines and methods of production, including a spreadsheet-based bakery management system.

  • Rise Up! Podcast with Mark Dyck
    Know Your Baker

    Neighbourhood bakers play a hugely positive role in their communities. One that goes far beyond basic nourishment. Their stories deserve to be heard.

    The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they create and the people they serve.

    Join Mark Dyck as he talks with bakers and bakery owners from across North America and around the world. Hear about their struggles and triumphs and learn about the satisfaction that feeding a community can provide.

  • Slice of Life

    There is nothing like the aroma of fresh baked bread when you walk into your local bakery or your own kitchen. The journey bread takes from the farm to your table is a long and complicated one, but the results are an exquisite pleasure.  Katie McNeil of Pacific Sourdough guides us through the rich tapestry of ingredients, techniques, and the history that has made bread the most beloved food throughout the world.

  • Stir the Pots
    Stir the Pots focuses on the food biz, especially chefs. Some are famous. Others aren't. What interests us are the tales about this crazy business, whether the folks we interview are responsible for cutting edge cuisine or old fashioned comfort food. Together, we stir the pots, talking about the passions, frustrations, or challenges of chefs and other food professionals.
  • The Baker's Hands
    My name is Jarrett Chambers, executive baker at Cafe Ficelle in Ventura, California and author of this site.

    I caught the bread bug in 2012 as a soon-to-be college graduate. My father in law and executive chef, Bryan Scofield, introduced me to the world of artisan bread. At the time, I was a full time student and practicing Exercise Physiologist. Bread baking started as a cheap way to make great food. After my wife and I married in June 2014 it turned in to a side job that helped us pay rent, and now has lead us all over the world and allowed me to lead a team of bakers at Cafe Ficelle. I have always been intrigued by cooking but baking was a totally different animal. A baker must have a great understanding of chemistry, fermentation, a creative mind, and, most importantly, patience. He must be responsible, organized, must be a great multi-tasker.

  • Thousand Bites of Bread
    I am Adrian and I’m a dedicated home baker. I’m also a rambling kind of person, and my travels have led me on a hunt for good bread. No…make that great bread. For the rest, I’m compiling a list of my most beloved bakeries so you can visit all the places I’ve sought out. If I can inspire you to make one loaf just to use your hands, or to sit at a bakery and really taste what’s in front of you, then my mission here is complete. This is a great, big, wide world we inhabit and you have to start somewhere. For the love of all that is wild and wonderful, start here.

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