I’m not sure when I heard of Tartine, the legendary San Francisco bakery and café, for the first time, but it’s certainly the place that has been sitting on my San Francisco to-do list the longest. I love bread, especially loaves with a crunchy crust and an airy, chewy and slightly sour interior. I don’t come across a perfect loaf of bread all that often; in fact, I have yet to find my favorite in Quebec City. From what I’ve read, Tartine’s bread is exactly just like I love it so I just can’t wait to sit down at a table there and, well, have a tartine!
The video is a book trailer for Tartine Bread, released about 2 years ago. It shows baker Chad Robertson explaining its process and its love for bread, but what I find most interesting is that it shows how he taught friends to make their own “Tartine bread”. Through his recipe testers, we discover that making such excellent bread is actually achievable at home.
I have Tartine’s book at home but I’ve yet to make my first loaf – I figured I’d taste the original to set the bar. Then I’m sure I’ll miss it so much that I won’t have any other choice than making my own. I’ll tell you all about it when it happens. In the meantime, watch Chad Robertson making his perfect bread, but be careful not to drool all over your keyboard!
“Bread to me is a mixture of flour and water that is transformed into something that transcends the simplicity of those basic ingredients.”
- Chad Robertson, baker and owner, Tartine, San Francisco