Guest blog posts

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Sourdough articles

I wrote a series of articles on sourdough for The Kitchn. Most of the articles were never posted, and I don’t know why.

My posts are the following:

  1. You Say Starter, I Say Levain (that was the original title, which I rather liked)
  2. Debunking the 10 Myths of Sourdough
  3. Lazy Person’s Guide to Starter… coming someday, I hope!
  4. Mixing by Machine or by Hand
  5. Places to Proof
  6. Tools
  7. When Is Bread Proofed
  8. Best Way to Score
  9. When Is Bread Done Baking


I originally wrote “Enzymes, the Little Molecules That Could” for Peter Reinhart’s book, Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor. Other bakers around the country wrote essays as well. Unfortunately, the publisher cut the essays from the final book, so I posted mine online. You can read the PDF here:

A version of this article appeared on the Scientific American blog in September 2012 under the title “Enzymes, the Little Molecules that Bake Bread.” I also had a follow-up, “Salt: Defender of the Carotenoids,” in which I made factual errors that I had to correct, and was horribly embarrassed! But both of those articles have disappeared.

American Scientist

I was a “guest reviewer” for a few books. You can read my reviews on their website:

John C. Campbell Folk School

Here are some of the guest blog posts I have written about teaching, taking classes, and more: