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Why are so many people becoming terrified of food? Or maybe a better question is, why did it take so long? It's not hard to understand the fear.  Just take a stroll through the super market. Things are changing, mostly for the better, but don't for a second believe that those changes are driven by logic, science, or nutrition. They are driven by consumer demand, and let's face it, that is exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.

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Living the Rye Life at the Asheville Bread Festival 2018

I have been dreaming of a trip to Asheville, NC for some time and when I learned that this year's Bread Festival would be helmed by my miller, Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground AND it would be held at the New Belgium Brewery AND there would be a master class with bread rock stars Stanley Ginsberg, Harry Peemoeller and Lionel Vatinet, well any one of those would be enough of a reason to pack up the Cracker Van and hit the road.   The festival consists of a Bread Fair with vendors from across the region selling artisan bread,  jams, oils, and spreads. I am glad I brought crackers, because it would be tough to stand out in that crowd...

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In the time you waste poking around your phone right now, you could have fresh bread for dinner.

Last week a customer walked in. I was busy preparing some cracker samples and he stood at the counter, eyes searching for a menu. I know what this usually means. "What do you have for fresh bread today?" he asks. "No bread today. Only on Fridays. I make sourdough crackers here," I explain and since I have removed all references to bread and replaced them with crackers inside and out to avoid such confusion I ask, "Just out of curiosity, what makes you ask about bread?" "Oh, I don't know. I didn't even look I guess," he admits. "I see now: crackers, crackers, and crackers. OK, I'll probably be back on Friday." "Were you hoping for something in particular?" I ask to gauge his expectations. "Well, I grew...

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