29 episodes

Inspiring conversations from leaders and innovators throughout the sourdough community. Hear the stories behind the bakers, authors, growers, millers, artists, and other creative minds that you've always wondered about.

The Sourdough Podcast Michael Hilburn

    • Food
    • 4.8 • 155 Ratings

Inspiring conversations from leaders and innovators throughout the sourdough community. Hear the stories behind the bakers, authors, growers, millers, artists, and other creative minds that you've always wondered about.

    Betsy Gonzalez of Osono Bread

    Betsy Gonzalez of Osono Bread

    On this Season Two Finale of The Sourdough Podcast, baker Betsy Gonzalez joins me to talk about her sourdough journey and the bakers from around the world that shaped her vision for her own bakery @osonobread which she opened in 2018. We talk about her decision to highlight and support her Local Grain Economy through her business practices and some of the challenges she’s faced baking during a pandemic. And Betsy leads an importatant discussion about race in the hospitality industry and how the cottage bakery can be most effective in the fight for racial equality. s5rncf7c

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Michael James, Author of The Tivoli Road Baker

    Michael James, Author of The Tivoli Road Baker

    On this episode of The Sourdough Podcast, baker and author Michael James joins me from Melbourne, Australia to talk about his journey from Chef to Baker and his internationally acclaimed cook book The Tivoli Road Baker. He shares his thoughts and tips on sourdough and answers listener questions about starter health and viennoiserie, and even tells us about his 2nd book to be released later next year. You won’t want to miss this one.

    • 49 min
    Claudia Carter of the California Wheat Commission

    Claudia Carter of the California Wheat Commission

    On this episode of the podcast, I share my conversation with Claudia Carter, the Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission. She describes the CWC’s mission to support California wheat producers as well as some of her favorite California grown wheat varieties. We talk about the unique challenges and advantages facing California wheat growers and how growing wheat in CA can lead to more sustainable and regenerative farming practices.

    • 46 min
    Josh Berger of Josh Fox Bread

    Josh Berger of Josh Fox Bread

    On this episode of The Sourdough Podcast, Josh Berger of Josh Fox Bread joins me to talk about his cottage bakery journey. Josh talks about the importance of maintaining a healthy starter and shares tips for new sourdough bakers as well as aspiring cottage bakers. He tells us about his biggest personal influences, and describes his vision for the future of Josh Fox Bread.

    • 58 min
    Karl de Smedt - The Sourdough Librarian

    Karl de Smedt - The Sourdough Librarian

    On this episode of The Sourdough Podcast, Karl de Smedt joins me to talk about the THE PURATOS WORLD HERITAGE SOURDOUGH LIBRARY. We discuss the history and science behind sourdough bread as well as some of the unique stories behind the library’s sourdough collection. Karl tells us how the concept for the world’s only sourdough library came to fruition and how you can add your own sourdough starter to the growing worldwide database and help preserve sourdough biodiversity and our shared sourdough heritage.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jeff McCarthy of Bread Service

    Jeff McCarthy of Bread Service

    On this episode Jeff McCarthy, owner and baker behind Bread Service, joins me from his home in Greensboro, NC. Jeff tells us how his former career as a professional pastry chef and restaurant consultant uniquely prepared him for his role as cottage baker.  He shares his original sourdough inspiration and his ultimate vision to change bread in his city and empower cottage bakers around the country.  

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Makeathe ,

If you’ve ever eaten bread...

....You should be listening to this.

More importantly, if you’ve ever given a second thought to “how does the bread I eat get to my table”, or eat a piece of bread that was so good that you thought about it or even craved it... you should be listening to this.

Or if you ever wanted to hear the unglamorous, gritty stories of what it takes to support local farmers, local millers, and hear the struggles of what it takes for people with passion to feed their community - by literally putting bread on the table - you should be listening to this.

The stories are real. The bread is real. The people are real. But throughout it, is a wonderfully woven story of communities, passion, and perseverance.

If you are still reading this - then you need to stop - and just press play!

sourdough cyclist ,

Did you really have to go there?

I was really excited when I found this podcast since I’m an avid home baker. Sourdough takes me away from the everyday cares and worries of life especially in these troubling times. For whatever reason you just had to inject race and social justice into the mix. That’s where you lost me as a listener.

ellrey ,

Thank you

Michael has sought out very interesting and talented sourdough bakers from all over the US and Europe and brought them here for us to learn from. His podcasts are informative and professional, with a feeling of care and true appreciation for the art of baking.
Thank you.
I look forward to Season 3.

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