Sure, there are a million, or at least a few dozen, baking books on the shelves of your local library. Absolutely, you should explore the collection (breads are in the 641.815’s), pull out every book with a pretty spine and flip through its pages, pile the best up next to you on the floor as you browse, and emerge from the stacks with your arms so full you can’t see where you’re walking. Feeding your book lust is one of great, gluttonous pleasures of the public library. But what I’m most excited about right now are not the abundance of new baking books, glossy and beautiful though they are, but all the zines I’ve bought, bartered, and been gifted recently. I received another in the mail this morning and have spent a few happy hours exploring Katie Gourley’s lovely new “baking for biodiversity” book (it’s not yet up on her website but while you wait, check out her past tiny books), flipping back through my incomplete collection of Lost Bread’s grain zines, and rereading the thought-provoking zine on climate change I got while visiting a friend in Boulder last month. It's enough to make me itch to write a follow up volume to last year’s Up Rye Zine, but first I need a direction, a thesis, a story to fill the pages. Do you have ideas for the Up Rye Zine vol. 2, or recommendations of other small publications I need to add to my alternative library?
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Did you know you can still sign up for the WINTER BREAD SUBSCRIPTION? It runs through March 25, with pickup every Wednesday in Birchwood (the front step), Downtown (Cafe Velo), or in Fairhaven (Shirlee Bird Cafe).
Sign up or order a single loaf for the week ONLINE.
Along with Red & White and Mountain Rye, each week I make a different Baker's Choice bread.
Jan 22: Rugbrod
Jan 29: Ring Rye
Feb 5: Apple Rye
Feb 12: Harvest Miche 1
Feb 19: Harvest Miche 2
Feb 26: Black Bread
March 4: Alpine Spice Rye
March 11: Rye & Oat
March 18: Korn Rye or Corn Rye??
March 25: Westphalian Pumpernickel!