If you are interested in reading a new food book, look no further than In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker’s Odyssey by Sam Fromartz. In the book, Sam takes us on a journey around the world, following as he works with some of the best bakers. He also talks about some of his accomplishments as an amateur baker, including baking bread for a dinner hosted by local food maven Alice Waters. Along with the many stories, Sam includes several recipes with detailed instructions that highlight the breads contained in that chapter.
Sam, who is a veteran journalist and editor in chief of The Food and Environment Reporting Network, was in Portland to give a reading at Powell’s Books when I got the chance to talk with him. On the podcast, he tells a story about a trip to France, talks about the book, and explains some of what it takes to make good bread. The story and interview were recorded at KBOO Community Radio.
“We made this one loaf which had honey, walnuts, and almonds. And I said, ‘Roland, what do you call this loaf?’ And he said, ‘This is the loaf with honey, walnuts, and almonds.'”
– Sam Fromartz