From bread and pie to casseroles and other savory dishes, baking has a long history of nourishing millions of people from all cultures, worldwide, for thousands of years. The history of baking continues to reveal itself to us as time marches on, in fact, the world’s oldest known ovens were unearthed in Croatia in 2014. It is estimated the ovens are over 6,500 years old!
A loaf of bread at your local market is so common in modern society, most of us don’t give it much thought aside from how good it might taste. But thousands of years of recipe development and technological advances made that loaf of bread possible. Our featured bakers this week make studying the history of food their life’s work, offering us a wealth of cultural and historical insight with every recipe they discover.
Max Miller is the host of a Youtube channel called Tasting History with Max Miller, and Ken Albala is a food historian and professor of history at the University of the Pacific. Ken discovered a recipe dating back to the 1600’s while researching at the Folger Shakespeare LIbrary in Washington DC, and together the two foodies produced a video bringing the recipe to life for a new audience.
As we celebrate week 3 of Bake for Family Fun Month: Baking History and Traditions, let’s appreciate the bakers throughout history who have developed recipes and shaped the culinary landscape we know today.
Follow along as Max and Ken discuss the history and culture surrounding this delicious recipe, and let us know if you attempted making it for yourselves! Discovering new techniques in the kitchen can be very rewarding.