When I got my copy recently of Dan Leaders book Local Breads, it reminded me of how it was his first book with the namesake of his bakery Bread Alone that had inspired me to learn how to make sourdough breads. Later on I actually took a nine-month course at the FCI where Dan had set up the curriculum for the schools bread program. So this past Saturday as I furiously pedaled from my home in Queens to Prospect park in Brooklyn where we agreed to meet for an interview I tried putting some intelligent questions through my head that would make some sense! Just making time at the appointed hour I was to meet Dan I got off my saddle and made for the Bread Alone stand full of bread and people waiting in line to buy loaves. Dan was standing there, I recognized him from pictures from his book, "hey Dan, umm hello ", he didn't hear me, it was the street noise ,drilling in the street and so many peoples voices in the market. He just happened to turn around as my hand was outstretched to meet his, "hi I'm Jeremy, Jeremy Shapiro, from stirthepots ?" Dan said hello and started by saying what a beautiful day it was, he then asked me about my blog and what made me talk about bread! This interview was by far I think my favorite, the reason being that Dan I think of all the bakers I have spoken with really loves baking, and yet he isn't going to dissuade you from entertaining the idea of starting a bakery, no, instead he encourages and warns you to make sure you know what your getting into first, It’s hard work!
This is information regarding Dan's work in South Africa check it out!