The happily named author of "Josey Baker Bread" has been making the rounds in Southern California.
On Thursday afternoon he gave a talk in Pasadena for the Los Angeles Bread Bakers. On Monday, the San Francisco-based bread baker will be taking part in a Baker-to-Baker discussion at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30.)
The event is sponsored by Common Grains Collective, a group of grain enthusiasts founded by cooking teacher and food writer Sonoko Sakai and pastry chef Roxana Jullapat, partner and pastry chef at Cooks County.
The event is more than just talk, though. Attendees can bring in their own loaves for a critique and coaching from Baker and Hall. For amateur bread bakers, that practically makes the event obligatory.
Better start practicing now.
Clark Street Bakery, Red Bread and Cooks County and more will provide refreshments and bread samples for everybody attending. And Cookbook, the green grocer and cookbook store in Echo Park, will have signed copies of "Josey Baker Bread" for sale. Bring cash or checks; credit cards won't be accepted.
Tickets are $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of the Edible Schoolyard at Larchmont Charter Middle School, La Fayette Park campus.