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April 29, 2024

I wish I weren’t as old as I am.  I wish that politics and governance hadn’t deteriorated as much as they have during these elder years of my life.   In spite of that, I am glad to have started my life near the end of the 1930s and glad to have been able to witness, and […]

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My Richard III Period

February 1, 2014

Now is the winter of our vent and cement.  The apprentices think my descriptions are indelicate but as I see it, we are now installing the intestines of Bread Furst. At the top of the interior up above near the beams, the shiny venting for air-conditioning and heating is being hung. You’ll not see those […]

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O Napa Valley

January 22, 2014

I was to have spent this week presenting at the Worlds of Healthy Flavors, a conference held annually by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.  I have been going to it for years and years, always to bake whole grain breads and talk about making whole grains more genuinely […]

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Off and Trudging

January 19, 2014

Our building permit was issued just after the new year began and we launched as quickly as we could into the first job, installation of water lines in the trenches we had dug in the concrete floor while we waited for the permit. We were able as well to construct the rubberized barrier that will […]

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Please Don’t Hate Our Food

January 8, 2014

Last week we had a joint meeting of the apprentices and staff. “Staff,” you might ask?  We are a couple of months away from opening but we do have staff.   Not yet on payroll, still in their current jobs – but committed to coming to Bread Furst. With all that is happening with permits and […]

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Marvelous Market RIP

December 24, 2013

I opened Marvelous Market in 1990 at Connecticut and Nebraska Avenues and if I had been smarter, it would be there still.  But I wasn’t and I lost the company to people who didn’t understand it. All the stores but one are now closed; the Dupont Circle location closed just yesterday. It’s sad for me […]

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Logo Again

December 14, 2013

Fifteen months ago I left you in the middle of a story.  I asked for your advice and then forgot to tell you that I took it. You may recall – if you were reading these essays then – that two years ago, when I thought I had found a location for Bread Furst, I […]

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Loco over Logo

October 8, 2013

I am having a crisis of nostalgia as we discuss a logo for Bread Furst. Help us, please. When early in 1990 I decided to open Marvelous Market I stumbled upon a graphic artist to whom I confessed my favorite food code words – traditional, simple, rooted; and he produced the sparse logo of a […]

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