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«Faire du pain, ça s'apprend en deux jours, facilement. Mais faire du bon pain, c'est l'art de toute une vie.»

Jean-Claude Mislanghe, instructor,  Institut National de la Boulangerie, cited in Nouvel Obs, 22 June 1995

''Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread'',  Pablo Neruda

''Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead'', W.H. Auden

Germans are known to call beer, << flussig brot >> (liquid bread), Fresh

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Every trip to the supermarket these days requires us to navigate what has become a truly treacherous landscape.
Michael Pollan, New York Times Magazine,
11 October 2009.

I won't quarrel with my bread and butter. Jonathan Swift, ''Famous Bread Quotes''

Where there's no law, there's no bread
Benjamin Franklin,  'Bread Quotes', Breadtopia

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety
Aesop, cited on

Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
And the byway nigh me.
Bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river -
There's the life for a man like me,
There's the life for ever.

R L Stevenson, stanza 1, ''The Vagabond''



Bakery bench in the foreground, petrin in the background, 20 June 2023


Year Round up to 2001, Seasonal Since, But Now Closed, temporarily

  • Bread is our passion, our service to the community, and our means of living.
  • Bread = wheat and or rye flour, water, salt (optional) and leaven. Virtually all other ingredients are passengers, some of which add nutrition and flavour, most of which do not as they are there as industrial agents to extend shelf life.
  • Good bread = loaves which reach towards the limit of what the flour making them is capable of (Raymond Calvel,  prominent teacher of baking in the 20th century,  and author of several standard texts on bread). 
  • Good bread, in reference to baguettes, appeals to all the senses:  eye, nose, ear, touch and taste.
  • We have tried to make good bread, to provide a community space, for Islanders and People 'from away', for more than three decades.
  • This site is the baker's attempt to explain our story, through sayings, pictures, text and a list of references.

watercolour of bakery            
  Watercolour of the bakery, about 1992, done by the baker's late sister, Peggy Kipphoff

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