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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Blogger kyouell said...

I loved this. My husband is sending me links to TED talks all the time and finally I can share one with him about my passion! Thanks for sharing with me.

6/24/2009 3:57 PM  
Blogger Jennlala said...

I stumbled across your blog today and just love it!! I have "Brother Junipers" bread book along with his others. And , Struan, is my favorite recipe so far.

Thank You!

6/28/2009 9:34 AM  
Blogger MA said...

Thanks for dropping by. I love the smell of bread when it is being baked. And could live on bread ( any kind). However, I don't bake bread at home. I shall be a regular visitor and drool :-) looking at the 'delicious' pictures here.

6/28/2009 12:52 PM  
Anonymous JeannaMO said...

I wasn't sure if this blog was still living! I'm so glad it is. I loved the link to the Peter Reinhart speech. I am organizing a bread baking/devotional/sunday school class for high schoolers in my church and I was able to glean lots of great information and parallels between bread and life, life and death and resurrection, lots of good info for figuring out what I want to include in my bread baking class.

I would like to show the students actual wheat and the wheat berries. I don't, however, have a grinder. I do have a coffee grinder. Just for a "demonstration", can I grind wheat berries in my coffee grinder to show them how it becomes flour? Does anyone know this?

Thanks for EVERYTHING! I love this blog! Very informative and inspirational!

7/01/2009 11:14 AM  
Blogger kitchenmage said...

JeanneMO, I am not positive that a coffee grinder would work for wheat berries, but it seems like it should. My guess is that you can get coarse flour from it. Let us know if you try it.

7/07/2009 4:35 AM  
Blogger sauteail said...

i adore peter reinhart's "brother juniper's" book and all of them, actually. just found your blog and love it! may i post a link to it? if i could invite you to planting cabbages - it is my journey of writing a novel about a 16th century woman bread apprentice in france. many merci's for making my day!

8/06/2009 6:06 AM  

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