Martin Philip: Breaking Bread

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Martin Philip— the Head Bread Baker of King Arthur Flour—for a talk on Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  “I bake because it connects my soul to my hands, and my heart to my mouth.”—Martin Philip

Yearning for creative connection, Martin Philip traded his finance career in New York City for an entry level baker position at King Arthur Flour in rural Vermont. A true Renaissance man, the opera singer, banjo player, and passionate amateur baker worked his way up, eventually becoming Head Bread Baker. But Philip is not just a talented craftsman, and being a baker isn’t just mastering the chemistry of flour, salt, water, and yeast; it is to be an alchemist, perfecting the transformation of simple ingredients into an elegant expression of the soul.

Breaking Bread is an intimate tour of Philip’s kitchen, mind, and heart. Through seventy-five original recipes and life stories told with incandescent prose, he shares not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor, but the secrets to a good life. From the butter biscuits, pecan pie, and whiskey bread pudding of his childhood in the Ozarks to French baguettes and Focaccias, bagels and muffins, cinnamon buns and ginger scones, Breaking Bread is a guide to embracing whole-heartedly the staff of life.

Philip gently guides novice bakers and offers recipes and techniques for the most advanced levels. He also includes a substantial technical section covering the bread making process, tools, and ingredients. As he illuminates an artisan’s odyssey and a life lived passionately, he reveals how the act of baking offers spiritual connection to our pasts, our families, our culture and communities, and, ultimately, ourselves. Exquisite, sensuous, and delectable, Breaking Bread inspires us to take risks, make bolder choices, live more fully, and to bake bread and break it with those we love.

“[I]n addition to being an excellent baker, Martin is also an excellent writer. Breaking Bread is truly a feast—a history of bread itself, cleverly hidden within the story of a man who fell in love with baking. With verbal descriptions that burst on the tongue and recipes that your hands itch to try, this beautiful book is food for the soul.”
—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

“Martin Philip’s work in Breaking Bread is tactile and honest. This is a thinking man’s perspective on the art and the philosophy of why we bake. It’s in his blood and now he’s sharing it with the world. The recipes are sound; the storytelling—evocative; the pictures—illustrative, beautiful. You’ll be inspired to knead some dough, crank up your oven, and get some flour on your hands. Breaking Bread is a reason to bake again.”
—Steven Satterfield, James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast 2017, author of Root to Leaf

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Martin Philip is the Head Bread Baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. He holds a degree from Oberlin Conservatory, is a MacDowell fellow, and attended the New York Art Students League and the Cooper Union for drawing. His current life chapter—which includes three wonderful children with his wife, Julie Ness, ample time in the woods, and lots of crackling baguettes—is the best yet.


DATE:  Tuesday, November 7th at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062447920
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Wave - October 31st, 2017