In finding solutions to rebuild a more sustainable economy, improve food security and create the right conditions for a more equitable society to flourish, we could do worse than start by reviewing our approach to craft based skills education.
January 28, 2011 | Read article
The Kitchen Heretics series promotes bold new ideas from unorthodox thinkers, ultimately the series will conclude with a summary of findings relevant to the craft baking industry. Over these next two posts I will firstly be exploring what Sir Ken Robinson means by educating for creative capacity and secondly shining the spotlight on craft baking education in order to better understand both the consequences of ignoring this approach and the benefits of pursuing it.
January 26, 2011 | Read article
The plant bakery industry and the retailers may have tried their hardest to educate the British palate out of any awareness of a tasty loaf in dedicated pursuit of their own profits over the last 75 years, but given that “lower quality” remains its achilles heel, it’s perhaps not that surprising that the organisation representing 80% of the industry feels the need to fire a shot across the bows of the 3% bit players, the craft bakers…
January 20, 2011 | Read article
Slow-news-January is alive and kicking so no surprises that it’s open season on silly press releases. Yesterday’s offering from budget hotel chain Travel Lodge, splashed all over the dailies, told us that psychologist Cliff Arnall, an expert on depression has “devised a formula… that is said to prove today [Monday 21st January] is the gloomiest [...]
January 18, 2011 | Read article
Yesterday I was mulling over (tieing myself up in knots about?) Richard Wrangham’s new evolutionary theory. Wrangham’s brilliant book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human posits cooking as a defining feature of humanity. I’m blown away by the ramifications of his theory and before writing today’s follow up, I have mostly been listening to [...]
January 13, 2011 | Read article