Male Bias in the History of Bread: Logo for Fleischmann’s Yeast

Fleischmann's Yeast Advertisement circa 1912 When The American yeast company, Fleischmann's, had a pictorial logo in the first decades of the twentieth-century, they made it male. From the Neolithic and up until very recently, women were responsible for most of the process of producing bread. With the limited exception of baking bread in commercial operations … Continue reading Male Bias in the History of Bread: Logo for Fleischmann’s Yeast

Portable Oven — Campaign Oven — Dutch Oven

The impromptu oven is beyond ancient. This said, in terms of the history of bread, its documented history is recent. The documented history only goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. If you know of something earlier, then please share in your comments. The biggest literature on impromptu ovens prior to the Early Modern English … Continue reading Portable Oven — Campaign Oven — Dutch Oven

Recipes for Bread History Seminar #14, Domestication of the Bread Grains

An Imagined Early Bread Natufian & Pre Pottery Neolithic The first breads were made by Natufian hunter gatherers around 14,000 years ago. Naatufians are the people in southwest Asia that we know for sure first utilized bread grains for bread. We know this because we have proof in the form of archeological remains. Natufians, and … Continue reading Recipes for Bread History Seminar #14, Domestication of the Bread Grains

Bread Recipes from the Assize of Bread, Late Medieval England for the Thursday, October 8, Bread History Seminar

Note: Please choose which of the three breads you will make for the Seminar/Workshop on October 8, 2020. Please weigh out the ingredients. We will mix and talk about the recipe after the formal lecture is completed. The English Assize laws dating to the Late Medieval Period, the 1100s and the 1200s, were very simple, … Continue reading Bread Recipes from the Assize of Bread, Late Medieval England for the Thursday, October 8, Bread History Seminar

Bread History Seminar/Baking Workshop #13: Assize for Bread

October 8, 2020. 9am Pacific Time. You can register through EventBrite for this Zoom event. I have been working on the Assize laws off and on for the last twenty years. I look forward to sharing my research with you. I will be talking about the Assize in its original Late Medieval structure, and in … Continue reading Bread History Seminar/Baking Workshop #13: Assize for Bread

Maslin Bread for August 20, 2020 Seminar

Tony Shahan, historian of milling, and director of the Newlin Grist Mill, suggests we make a maslin bread -- a bread of mixed wheat and rye OR a bread that somehow reflects the trade in export flour between North American and the United Kingdom in the later decades of the 18th century. The first cookbook … Continue reading Maslin Bread for August 20, 2020 Seminar

Thursday, August 20, 2020 Seminar: Milling from The Ancient World world to the Early 19th Century

The 1086 English Domesday Book records 6000 mills, mostly water mills. Water mill technology exploded after the end of the Western Roman Empire. By 1000, European rivers and streams were driving tens of thousands of mills to produce the flour that made Europe the global power that it became. I am very excited to announce … Continue reading Thursday, August 20, 2020 Seminar: Milling from The Ancient World world to the Early 19th Century

Nicolas de Bonnefons, Recipe for Rubel Seminar #11

Nicolas de Bonnefons wrote two fabulous books in the 1650s. One, the Jardiner Francois, was translated by John Evelyn and published under the title, The French Gardiner. I have written an annotated edition that I will publish -- one day. Bonnefons followed up the gardening book with a book called Les Delices de la Compagne. … Continue reading Nicolas de Bonnefons, Recipe for Rubel Seminar #11

Recipes for Seminar #10: Sourdough

Most of the Seminar #10 on sourdough is being led by Karl de Smedt, founding curator of the Puratos Sourdough Library. He is suggesting a pancake and/or waffle recipe for the Thursday, July 16, 2020 Seminar/Workshop. "So we hewed off some of the inside logs of the cabin, and soon had a roaring fire. With … Continue reading Recipes for Seminar #10: Sourdough

Thursday Bread History Seminar/Workshop #10 July 16, 2020, 9am Pacific: Sourdough

We are back again this Thursday with an exciting Seminar/Workahop. As always, you need to register with EventBrite for this Zoom meeting. In terms of time zones, this Seminar/Workshop works for people from the California and South American Pacificas Coast through to India, where the Seminar starts at 9:30 pm in Bangalore. For easy reference, … Continue reading Thursday Bread History Seminar/Workshop #10 July 16, 2020, 9am Pacific: Sourdough