Wednesday 4 August, 6:30pm
Over the course of a year, Robert Penn learns how to plant, harvest, thresh and mill his own wheat, in order to bake bread for his family.
In returning to this pre-industrial practice, he tells the fascinating story of our relationship with bread: from the domestication of wheat in the Fertile Crescent at the dawn of civilization, to the rise of mass-produced loaves and the resurgence in homebaking today.
Gathering knowledge and wisdom from experts around the world – farmers on the banks of the Nile, harvesters in the American Midwest and Parisian boulangers – Penn reconnects the joy of making and eating bread with a deep appreciation for the skill and patience required to cultivate its key ingredient.
Robert Penn is a journalist, broadcaster, woodsman, round the world cyclist and the author of several books including the Sunday Times bestseller’ It’s All About the Bike’, ‘The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees’ and most recently BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, ‘Slow Rise: A Bread-Making Adventure’. He lives in the Black Mountains, South Wales with his wife, three children, two spaniels, twelve bicycles and a collection of axes. He bakes his own bread in a wood-fired oven.
‘Charming, important . . . a journey of discovery’ Telegraph
Attendees will receive a Zoom link by email before the start of the event.