Friday, January 9, 2009

Bread Devolution

There is a Buddhist meditation where one is asked to contemplate the deterioration of the human body after death. No, that's not a very comfortable thing to do, but I thought I'd start with a loaf of bread. You'll notice that half way through the video, the bread is moved to a new location. What happened was that the bread was left on the front steps, but after a short while the smell, the flies...well you can imagine. So, either I move the bread or my wife would move. I moved the bread.
Here's a little slide show of the devolution.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Safe Passage Bread Ovens

In January of 2006, Pat Manley designed two wood-fired bread ovens for the humanitarian organization, Safe Passage. Safe Passage was founded by Hanley Denning because she wanted to do something for the children who lived by the sprawling and dangerous Guatemala City dump, and she thought the ovens would be a wonderful way to help the children learn some baking skills.
Along with a group of volunteers, Pat supervised the construction of the ovens, also in January of 2006.
To see a slide show of the construction process and life around the dump, watch this You Tube video:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Most Important book

If I had to choose one book that says more about masonry ovens and naturally leavened breads and says it in a clear style, then The Bread Builders by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott would be my choice. I haven't seen any other book that even comes close. You can buy it here:
The book is not expensive, and if you don't already have it, then I think you should invest in a copy.