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The new bread basket : how the new crop of grain growers, plant breeders, millers, maltsters, bakers, brewers, and local food activists are redefining our daily loaf

Author: Amy Halloran
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For more than 10,000 years, grains have been the staples of Western civilization. The stored energy of grain allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering and build settled communities-even great cities. Though most bread now comes from factory bakeries, the symbolism of wheat and bread-amber waves of grain, the staff of life-still carries great meaning. Today, bread and beer are once again  Read more...
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Halloran, Amy.
New bread basket
(DLC) 2015009574
(OCoLC)905222137
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Halloran
ISBN: 9781603585682 1603585680
OCLC Number: 914745367
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The farmer, the miller, and the baker --
Public works --
People and plants --
Know your flour --
Bread builds community --
Eat the landscape --
Everyday revolutions --
Transformation --
The bread lab --
Seeding new grass --
Valley malt --
Beer grows grains --
The next bread.
Other Titles: How the new crop of grain growers, plant breeders, millers, maltsters, bakers, brewers, and local food activists are redefining our daily loaf
Responsibility: Amy Halloran.

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For more than 10,000 years, grains have been the staples of Western civilization. The stored energy of grain allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering and build settled communities-even great cities. Though most bread now comes from factory bakeries, the symbolism of wheat and bread-amber waves of grain, the staff of life-still carries great meaning. Today, bread and beer are once again building community as a new band of farmers, bakers, millers, and maltsters work to reinvent local grain systems. The New Bread Basket tells their stories and reveals the village that stands behind every loaf and every pint. While eating locally grown crops like heirloom tomatoes has become almost a clichE, grains are late in arriving to local tables, because growing them requires a lot of land and equipment. Milling, malting, and marketing take both tools and cooperation. The New Bread Basket reveals the bones of that cooperation, profiling the seed breeders, agronomists, and grassroots food activists who are collaborating with farmers, millers, bakers, and other local producers. Take Andrea and Christian Stanley, a couple who taught themselves the craft of malting and opened the first malthouse in New England in one hundred years. Outside Ithaca, New York, bread from a farmer-miller-baker partnership has become an emblem in the battle against shale gas fracking. And in the Pacific Northwest, people are shifting grain markets from commodity exports to regional feed, food, and alcohol production. Such pioneering grain projects give consumers an alternative to industrial bread and beer, and return their production to a scale that respects people, local communities, and the health of the environment. Many Americans today avoid gluten and carbohydrates. Yet, our shared history with grains-from the village baker to Wonder Bread-suggests that modern changes in farming and processing could be the real reason that grains have become suspect in popular nutrition. The people profiled in The New Bread Basket are returning to traditional methods like long sourdough fermentations that might address the dietary ills attributed to wheat. Their work and lives make our foundational crops visible, and vital, again.

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