Need some sourdough starter?
Online, it seems that everyone is baking bread. That assumption may not be far off: according to Google Trends, searches for “bread recipes” are at an all-time high. Some simply want a new stay-at-home hobby. Some do it as a necessity, when limiting trips to the supermarket is of the utmost medical importance. Others do so because food, and creating something with your own two hands, can be healing. As the Don Quixote quote goes, “all sorrows are less with bread.”
So perhaps it’s no surprise that when Lexie Smith, founder of the food-based art project, Bread on Earth, offered to send free sourdough starters to anyone who wanted them, she received over 700 requests. Sourdough does not require instant yeast, making it one of the oldest bread types—and most accessible for home bakers. “It was important for me to realize that we can share good things as well as scary things right now. This seemed like a really straightforward way of doing it,” Smith says.