Friday, January 30, 2015


I really enjoyed this video 
This all seems very far from defaulting, austerity and the Euro.
Thanks to my son Aaron for sharing this with me.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Earth Oven Workshops

This spring Roy Feihel and I will be teaching two workshops in Waterville, Maine.
Through the office of Waterville Adult Ed., the workshops will be held on Saturday, May 2. Also, on Sunday, May 3. 
If you find that the workshops are filled, then I suggest you get on the waiting list and stay tuned for more workshops. Feel free to e-mail me.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Streit's Matzos

Sadly, Streit's Matzos factory on the Lower East Side is closing. I grew up eating these flatbreads, and then I tried to make my own. Not so simple.

The Streit family announced today that it will close the doors of its 90-year-old factory this spring, at the conclusion of the Passover baking season. The announcement was made by filmmaker Michael Levine, who had been working on a documentary about the company, Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream, for the past two years.
“Since 1925, the Streit’s Matzo factory has stood at 148-154 Rivington Street on New York’s Lower East Side,” he wrote in a missive he sent this morning to the publication Bowery Boogie. “Here, in four, low-slung brick tenement buildings, five generations of the Streit family, and as many generations of factory workers, devoted their lives to the art of mixing flour and water, and sending these two simple ingredients through a seventy-three foot long oven to create sheets of matzo, the unleavened bread central to the Jewish holiday of Passover.”
The four buildings that comprise Streit’s factory, which is the last family-owned matzo factory in the U.S., are now under contract to a developer.
“I personally know that this was an agonizing decision for the Streit family,” Levine said. “I watched as they turned down offer after offer, until the challenges of maintaining a manufacturing business in a drastically changing Lower East Side, as well as the pressures of increased foreign competition, left the company no alternative but to accept.
“For the Jewish community nationwide and for the descendants of immigrants of all backgrounds whose families passed through neighborhood over the course of the last century or who remain here, it is the loss of a connection to a Lower East Side that is ever more the domain of museums and memory than of daily life,” Levine said.
Streit’s Matzo produces 40 percent of the matzo sold in the U.S. The family says it hopes to find a new home for the business.
Liza Schoenfein is food editor of the Forward. Contact her at

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

More Flatbreads

More remarkable flatbreads. I can't imagine stretching a dough so huge. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Please Review

Hi everyone,
If you've read my book, Bread Earth And Fire, could you take a few minutes and write a review on Amazon
Thanks so much,
 Building an arch

Oven workshop

Bread in Dutch oven

Friday, December 19, 2014


Check out this video posted by Richard Moscovich. First I thought I was watching three-card monte until the final stage.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Oven Completed

The final step in finishing off this oven was a roof, and here it is. Nothing more than a simple piece of metal roofing draped over the dome. In previous posts, you can see various phases of this oven under construction.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread made with potatoes and flour. Check out the video

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Gluten. Another thing to make you lose your mind? No it isn't. Michael Specter's article, Against The Grain in The New Yorker, November 3, 2014 issue is the most intelligent thing I've read about gluten. If you're a bread baker, check it out.
illustration Paul Rogers
Nearly twenty million Americans now say that they regularly experience stomach problems after eating products that contain gluten.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bakery Work

Check out this wonderful video, but turn down the music.
Bakery Work