Promoting passion in book collecting
On election day this year I found my voice by baking an Election Day Cake, once a tried and true tradition of the American homemaker. Now, as the inauguration is upon us, I find myself drawn back to the kitchen, searching through old cookbooks, for recipes and wisdom from days past.
The thought was obvious. I surround myself all day with rare cookbooks, food trade catalogs, menus, and various pieces of ephemera all related to food in one way or another. I felt a need to feed my spirit with some kind of purposeful action and the idea just appeared – get back to your blog: write, cook, and use all you have in front of you to contribute to the voices that need to be acknowledged during this uncertain time in our country’s political history.
For the recipe I am not reaching back to centuries past but to one of my favorite bread books: Bread Alone, by Daniel Leader & Judith Blahnik. What could be better than a hearty Wheat Walnut Loaf!
Bread Alone is and has always been committed to simple life and living grounded in nature, community, and simple and honest breads and foods. True to form, Bread Alone’s first oven was built by Dan and friends in the community. Our first loaves were sold out the side door of the bakery, or out the trunk of the family station wagon.
Got to get the bread in the oven…and so we begin.