Islam Sabry has been perfecting the art of baking delicious bread and cakes for ten years.
Sourdough yeast has been found in ancient Egyptian pottery, which means sourdough bread dates back to at least 4,500 years! What makes an an authentic sourdough bread? A simple recipe of sourdough yeast, flour, water, salt and a lot of time.
Running a bakery is hard work - you’re up all night mixing, kneading, proving and baking, and then when the sun rises you need to actually sell your bread and run the business.
So who’d be willing to put themselves through it? Emily Thomas meets three artisan bakers from different continents to find out what drives them, and why they think most of us have been eating bread all wrong: Islam Sabry, who runs Cairo's Baker, in Egypt; Lee Utsumi, of Lee's Bread, just outside Tokyo, Japan; and Seth Gabrielse, co-owner of Automne Boulangerie in Montreal, Canada.
Plus, what happens to your waistline when you're surrounded by freshly baked bread and pastries all day?
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