June 18, 2002

When Anne and I were living in Bloomington, IN, her parents would occasionaly send us a sourdough bread, I believe from a bakery in German Village. At first, I have to admit that I was skeptical - how good could a frozen, sevral day old, driven across the midwest (or midEast - this is Ohio, after all) bread be that tasty?

But they were nice. Since we've been in Chicago, I don't think that we've gotten any breads. Compounding the issue, Anne's parents have now moved to Florida, so that possible resource seems unlikely to return. Attempts to find a good sourdough, either at our local food stores (Dominicks, Jewel) have been for naught. Cafe Selmarie, home of delicious foods of all kinds (including a very nice whole wheat loaf purchased this week) doesn't seem to do the sourdough either.

Luckily, I came across this article today on Sourdough bread. Maybe all is not lost, if I roll up my shirtsleeves and do a little baking sometime soon.

In a tangentially related bread note, I finished the last of my Bialy's that I brought home from Columbus this weekend past. Though they made my carryon bag smell of onions, they sure were delicious.

Posted by esinclai at June 18, 2002 07:19 PM |


If you appreciate sourdough and bialys, then you should be reading John Thorne (http://www.outlawcook.com/).

Specifically, bread (http://www.outlawcook.com/Page12.html; search for sourgdough), and Breakfast Gallery (http://www.outlawcook.com/diary/Page8000.html; see The Bialy Saga and Bialies with Shallots and Butterkase).

I have read four of his books: Simple Cooking, Outlaw Cook, Serious Pig, and Pot on the Fire. All good. Thorne tries to get across both the essence of different foods and the process by which he finds that essence (both in his kitchen and in the library). I've wanted to subscribe to his food letter for years but never ponied up the dough, so to speak.

Posted by: Matt Liggett on June 18, 2002 09:15 PM

Points of clarification:
1. 'Twas sourdough rye from Katzinger's Deli, 475 S. Third Street in Columbus. See also www.katzingers.com.
2. The bread was actually sent to us "half baked" and then we finished baking it at home. I've never run across this anywhere else.

Posted by: Anne on June 19, 2002 09:07 AM

make the bread!

it is good to make the bread. You reiterate the history of civilzation when you make the bread.

For maximum effect, you should drink a beer while you make the bread.

Make the bread.

Posted by: Mike on June 19, 2002 06:54 PM
Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember info?