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Asheville Bread Festival 2014

The Asheville Bread Festival is quickly approaching, and I'm going to be there.  The festivities are on April 12th this year.  It's my fifth year to attend and the tenth year of the festival.  If you appreciate great bread and learning about bread baking, this is a place you'll want to be.

When you attend the festival at A-B Tech in Asheville the day starts off with tasting at the Baker's Showcase.  More than twenty local artisan bakers and their staff set up tables to let you taste and purchase their wares.  But that's not all.  At the showcase are also local millers, cheese and pretzel makers and brick oven builders.  It's free and open to the public, but the real fun for 'bread heads' starts at noon and goes on all afternoon.

World famous chefs and bread makers as well as experienced home bakers conduct workshops, sharing their knowledge about baking and bread.  You can learn more by clicking here.

If you come to the festival, please stop by my table, right near the will call table for tickets.


Products from Internet Cooking School and Bread Technique

I began with in 2006 and in 2010 determined that a larger audience could be addressed that encompassed both baking and cooking.  Because the concept grew in this way a new URL was acquired and the business model changed a bit.  The new URL is the one you are visiting now.  Eventually, the Bread Technique site will simply direct you here.  I haven't done that yet because of the number of people who still visit Peter Reinharts Q and A Forum.  If you are a bread maker check it out!  The first posting tells you how to join if you are interested.  Unfortunately spammers began to plague the site and I was spending too much time trying to figure out who was a bread maker and who wanted to post advertisements.  The registration is now accomplished by email to me with a short description of your interest in the forum.


In July 2010 I released Comfort Food Cooking and  in November I released a series about Thanksgiving dinner called Relax It's Just Thanksgiving.  The first two discs are packaged together and describe the process of putting together a Thanksgiving dinner without panic.  New non DVD products were added to the eBay store including a value priced dough scraper, flax linen couche, parchment paper and a flipping board.  Most things that weigh under 13 ounces ship free within the United States.

Amazon now streams the entire bread making series from Bread Technique and has began shipping the DVD versions too.  The division of Amazon that does this is called Amazon Video on Demand.  If you purchase direct from Internet Cooking School using the Bread Technique eBay store you'll get a printed recipe card with the video.  The AVOD option doesn't include this feature.

I have recently picked up customers this year in Greece, Israel, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina and Canada.  It has been rewarding to see momentum build over the last seven years and I look forward to slow and steady growth to continue.

What else would you like to see in this resource?  I'm open to your ideas so please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Slow Down and Enjoy the Kitchen!

Some cooks see time in the kitchen as a chore.  Not me: I enjoy almost every moment.  If you are a fan of television shows that purport to show you how to create a meal in less than half an hour, you probably won't enjoy this site.  At site you will find recipes, links, video and offerings to help you make the most of your time in the kitchen.  You won't find anything that urges you to get out of the kitchen. On this site TODAY you can see an example of what video instruction can be, in our comfort food cooking series premier presentation, Meatloaf and Baked Potatoes! This sample video lesson is presented in its entire length free of charge.  You can even download a recipe card.

My approach to teaching kitchen skills can be described as visual and conversational.   There will be lots of sample video.  This is an extension of the teaching approach I used with Bread Technique where hundreds of people have employed my instructional videos in learning to make bread. takes the same concept to a different level, allowing novice home cooks to learn new skills and try new things.  Experienced cooks may also enjoy the recipes that are posted.  Some bakers and cooks may like the idea of referring someone who needs help to the site.

I believe there can be 90 to 180 minutes of enjoyment in any meal. Up to 60 minutes are spent in the consumption of the food and the balance is the time spent cooking.  Of course there are times when you make or buy a sandwich to eat on the go.  Quickly consuming food this way is not a meal as much as it is maintenance feeding.  We are all busy.

It isn't practical to think that every time you eat it should be a fully executed meal.  Weekend days or days off from work are ideal times to enjoy your kitchen time and to take in the aroma of freshly chopped onions and garlic sautéed in olive oil or the surprisingly intense fragrance of sliced cucumbers.  When fresh food ingredients come to the kitchen, so does the family! These cooking aromas will permeate your home and call people together.  The family will arrive with their hunger ramped up and ready!

I suggest you make some time to cook when you can, express yourself, stretch your skills and become comfortable in an apron.  Whether you are cooking for friends, family or for a large event, cooking is simply an expression of love and appreciation.

Write me with questions, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Here are the five titles that are in the works for Series One, Set One:

Lesson 1 Meatloaf and Baked Potatoes, complete with roasted garlic sour cream topping

Lesson 2 Stuffed Peppers

Lesson 3 One Chicken Two Meals - Part One featuring how to deal with a whole chicken, use the breasts for pan roasted chicken and roasted root crop.  In part one you use the rest of the chicken to make stock for part two!

Lesson 4 One Chicken Two Meals - Part Two featuring a delicious and hearty pot pie.

Lesson 5 Pot Roast with Hearty Vegetables showing just how to get an inexpensive chunk of beef to fall apart with a fork.

The titles are avaliable now for shipping on July 15th. Click on the menu item at the top of this page to learn more.

Last Updated (Saturday, 08 March 2014 09:17)