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Artisans

I have a fierce fascination with people who do one thing, do it very well and give it all their passion. As Charles Bukowski said, “Find what you love and let it kill you.” Here are two such people who seem to be doing just that.

If you have been reading my blog for a while now,  then you know Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is my happy place. And to be fair, it’s a lot of people’s happy place. The main reason: the bread made by Chad Robertson. He was recently profiled by Vogue, and they had this to say:

The writer Michael Pollan simply calls it “the best bread I ever tasted” in Cooked, the New York Times best-seller published in April. Over the phone, Pollan describes the first time he sampled a loaf: “There was a dinner party, and somebody brought his bread when it was still warm. It was like no bread I’d had—it was custardy, it was glistening.” Pollan was so awed he apprenticed himself to Robertson in the course of writing his book. “Chad’s just so thoughtful about what he’s doing. He has an intensity about him, a conviction that I admire. Every loaf of bread matters.”

And this…

“I’m trying to be a catalyst for the process,” Robertson tells me. “I’m trying to steer it, not manhandle it. I know what I want the dough to do, and I’m trying to help it get there.” He works on four kinds of bread, each of which he incises with a different pattern (an aesthetic gesture and also practical—scoring allows the dough to expand and steam to escape). For some he uses a narrow rod like a conductor’s baton but tipped with a double-edged razor blade, slicing the surface with short, sure strokes. For others, it’s a pair of sewing scissors, cutting the skin with dainty snips.

Basically, it’s known in the food world as The Best Bread Ever Made. But Chad doesn’t want to open more bakeries, or in any way expand his empire. He just wants to keep doing what he’s doing, and doing it exceptionally well. I think we can all agree that’s pretty rare in today’s world.

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Then there’s Nendo and this incredible “patchwork glass”, via Joslyn. This is so beautiful and creative, I can’t even stand it…taking cut glass, flattening them out, they reassembling them, quilt style. The result is astounding.  Top o’ the Christmas list ;)

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2 comments on “Artisans

  1. nadya
    September 6, 2013

    I know! Let’s meet in San Francisco so we can get morning buns together. We went two years ago and it was even better than the hype. ps Love your new design! ;-)

  2. jessica clare
    September 6, 2013

    That morning bun would be my last meal. Seriously. we are definitely going to go to SF sometime this year, I’ll keep you posted! It would be amazing if you could meet me!! Thanks, I’m liking the new design too :) xx

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Jessica Clare

Preschool teacher, writer, trouble maker.

LIVES: Seattle. By way of Santa Fe, San Francisco, and NYC.
LOVES: John
DAYDREAMS:Strong coffee. Gourmet magazine. Stinky cheese. Date night with new strappy heels. Green chile. Going back to India. Unabashed displays of love. Vegetable gardens. Clean sheets. Unruly stacks of books. Breaking Bad marathons. Writing like Joan Didion ,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joseph Stroud. Cookbooks. French 75s. Sequins with jeans. Leaving love notes.
BELIEVES: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.” Albert Einstein “The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love.” St. Teresa of Avila “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

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