“We were together. I forget the rest.”
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.”
“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.
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 ;)