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Real Bread Bakers - a documentary by Zev Robinson
Real Bread Bakers - a documentary by Zev Robinson

02/05/2020

When my husband asks where all the butter has gone, I have to explain that cooking requires ingredients, the cakes don't just 'magic themselves up' I say.

I am, however being disingenuous because magic does happen when you cook especially with sourdough.

In Zev Robinson's film 'Real Bread Bakers' Andrew Whitley, founder of Scotland the Bread, explains that sourdough is: "a spontaneous fermentation of naturally occurring yeasts and bacteria."

The magic process of fermentation happens when microbes produce acidity. That is what makes the bread rise and gives sourdough its taste characteristic 'twang'.

If one food symbolises lockdown, it is sourdough, i.e. bread made solely from flour, water and salt.

Facebook communities continue to swap and share flour and starters and my timeline is a continuous scroll of big golden loaves slashed with decorative swirls and ears of wheat. 

In Zev's film, we visit another type of community, High Rise Bakers. A Gorbals breadmaking initiative based in one of Glasgow's last remaining tower blocks. Bread brings folk together, and Andrew Whitely underlines this fact when he explains the Latin roots of the word companion. Think about it. 

The movement for real bread continues as people become more aware of the devastating effect on the environment of mass production.  In addition, coronavirus has highlighted how vulnerable we all are when the food system strains. Many people have turned to local producers to both support small businesses and to source tasty food as restaurants and cafes remain closed.

Zev Robinson's film contributes to the movement for real food by telling real-life stories around breadmaking.  

Here is a trailer but the full 28 minutes can be seen here 

Real Bread Bakers - Trailer from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

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