Occasional articles and notes by Andrew Whitley and Veronica Burke - and the odd guest blogger.
What’s in our bread? The Real Bread Campaign's definition of proper bread is flour, water, a little salt and some yeast or natural leavening (sourdough). But, as I revealed in Bread Matters, almost all British bread also contains an array of synthetic additives and (mostly undeclared or unspecified) enzyme ‘processing aids’. The part this cocktail of adulterants plays in upsetting the nation’s stomachs is as alarming as it is under-researched.
A Baker's Dozen are raising dough for Scotland The Bread. These 13 Real Bread bakers across the UK, from the Outer Hebrides to Devon, will reward folk who pledge £25 to our crowdfunding campaign. We have six days left to reach our £6,000 target, which will release an interest-free loan for another £6,000.
Scotland The Bread is a collaborative project to recreate a healthy, sustainable and locally-controlled grain, flour and bread supply for Scotland. Find out more about the project here and, if you can, please pledge something to help community groups grow their own healthy bread from the soil to the slice.
Everyone who pledges will be entered on the wholesome roll of honour at the end of the crowdfunding.
If you pledge £25, you are a dough-sharer and, after the crowdfunding finishes on 26th July, you...
Alex Renton in the Daily Mail recalls that paper's campaign one hundred years ago for healthier bread. He finds plenty of evidence that little has changed. Cites Andrew Whitley, Joanna Blythman and Chris Young.
The Irish Examiner's Top ten gluten free breads recommends Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley as an alternative to buying gluten-free products.