Friday, February 5, 2010

The Sound of Flour

A photographer came over for a photo shoot this week, and after shooting about a thousand photos, wanted to record the sounds of bread making as well. "I want to capture the sound of flour," she said.

"Artists!" I muttered to myself. If there's one activity that's silent, it's bread making. Except, as it turns out,  it's not. Once I started to listen, the sounds of flour becoming bread became deafening: whipping fresh flour into the starter; the creaking of the oven door; the hiss of steam, the scraping sound of a finished loaf sliding off the peel; the crunch of eating a slice.

Even, yes, the sound of flour -- as it fell into the mixing bowl. Listen to your next loaf of bread; it has much to say to you.

2 comments:

  1. Hi - so happy to find that you have a blog, and so amazed that I can just write you a note and that you might actually read it. I just finished The $64 Tomato - loved it, and am hunkering down for a foot of snow in Philadelphia tonight with your Leek Potato Soup recipe. Neither leeks nor potatoes came from my garden, but I'm giving it a go. Bread making...that's really an endeavor. I'll be putting your new book on my list! Thanks for all the great stories.

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  2. So much fun reading 52 Loaves. And the blog. So happy to know that I am not the only one obsessed about bread!

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