World Eats Bread: Sourdough in San Francisco (Nat Geo, June 2, 2024)

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The premiere episode of World Eats Bread takes viewers to San Francisco, where naturally leavened sourdough bread is igniting a bread renaissance and inspiring bakers to break free from convention.

In this episode, airing on Nat Geo on Sunday June 2, we explore how San Francisco has become synonymous with sourdough, a type of naturally leavened bread known for its distinctive tangy flavor and chewy texture.

We meet bakers who are pushing the boundaries of this traditional craft, experimenting with new techniques and ingredients to create unique sourdough experiences. From classic sourdough boules to innovative twists like sourdough croissants and chocolate chip cookies, we discover the art and science behind this ancient form of bread-making.

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The episode looks into the history of sourdough in the city, including the Gold Rush era when sourdough starters were highly valued and carefully guarded by miners. We learn how the unique characteristics of San Francisco’s climate and local ingredients, such as the famous Tartine Bakery, have influenced the development of its iconic sourdough flavor.

World Eats Bread: Sourdough in San Francisco airs on National Geographic on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 10:00 PM.

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