Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Peter Reinhart speaks at TED

We each have our own personal bread 'crushes' on certain bakers and it is no secret that one of mine (Beth) is Peter Reinhart. I have been a fan since the days of Brother Juniper's Bread Book, buying each of Reinhart's books as it hit the shelves, then disappearing into the kitchen to emerge hours later in a whirlwind of flour bearing freshly baked loaves of goodness.

In fact, if I had to name one baker who helped make me the bread-junkie I am today, it would be Peter Reinhart. Credit or blame, I lay it at his feet. Bread Baker's Apprentice is my definitive book of bread science, and I recommend it to everyone I know who is learning to bake bread. The detailed explanation of the science behind the various stages of bread making are worth the cost of the book and the time to read them carefully.

This video was shot at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design.) which, if you haven't heard of it, is a great thing. The annual conference challenges speakers to 'give the speech of their lives' in eighteen minutes. There's an entire list of food-related TED talks for your viewing pleasure.

Start here, with Peter Reinhart talking about bread.

May your bread continue to rise.

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