just bread

no-knead bread

I was working on a silly blog post, just for the fun of it. I need some levity in my life right now. But then I heard some bad news this week. I can hardly talk about it, let alone write about it, but a few of you already know what I mean. Trust me, I’m not looking for sympathy, but I spent half of Tuesday at the office with tears in my eyes. I exchanged emails and phone calls with a few friends and colleagues who were also hurt by the news, and it got me thinking about a lot of things going on in my life. But this is a food blog, and I don’t want to stray too much from that theme.

I bake because it’s comforting. It reminds me of being a kid again, when my mom would bake brownies for me and my friends, or the apple pies she’d make for the holidays. So when I’m hurting, I head for the flour, sugar, and butter. (It’s lucky I don’t weigh 300 pounds.) And since I’m no decorator, I always go with the simple stuff. Taste trumps style. A hot, crusty loaf of bread, in this case a rustic no-knead loaf from Kneadlessly Simple by Nancy Baggett, is just about perfect. Even the next day, toasted and served with butter, it’s heavenly. Sometimes that’s all I need to feel a little better. I know warm bread (or cookies) can’t solve all of my problems, but I guess it’s my kind of Band-Aid.

18 thoughts on “just bread

  1. I know exactly what you mean. Yesterday I woke at 2:30am with a lot on my mind. After an hour of tossing and turning and gave in, got out of bed and started baking muffins at 3:30am. Some might say insane, but it really helped me focus and relax.

  2. Awwww. I’m really sorry. Posting and baking more will help, you’re such a talent and a bright star— I hope you and your friends will get even closer while you’re all on the mend.

    I just read the Harold McGee chapter on bread, yours looks absolutely delicious.


  3. Sorry to hear you are going through so much right now Justin. It’s certainly not a band-aid but bread has surely gotten me through some tough moments. Hope you see light at the end of the tunnel soon.

  4. hi justin — food is indeed such a comfort.

    it’s amazing what goes on in the lives of our fellow bloggers “behind the blog”…. i’ve had a really rough few months myself but i also find baking and eating (and blogging) has helped. although i tend to share personal things through my blogging i just haven’t been able to for a recent family sadness.

    warm crusty toasted bread with butter is truly, truly the best. i was even just remarking that TODAY and came home and read your post.

    hope you’re doing ok and take care!

    1. i’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a tough time lately. i’ve never before mentioned things like that on my blog, but the thing that happened last week was something that a few readers of my blog knew about, because it impacted a lot of us. but just in general, i guess i was feeling down, and writing about it helped. thanks for visiting.

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