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Five Questions With... Jane Mason

Anna Louise Batchelor: I first met Jane at a cooking show where my passionate demonstration of cooking with oats was paralleled by Jane and her mission for teaching Real Bread baking. I had instant admiration for Jane and a respect of her ‘Virtuous Bread’ work since, so I jumped at the chance to interview her.

07 May 2013 | 16 Comments | Recommended by 10

Co-op-erate and bake!

Anna Louise Batchelor: Last week I blogged about a meeting being held by the True Food Co-op to vote on opening a real bread bakery. A big thank you to everyone who sent me messages of support and curiosity; “did we vote yes”? We certainly did! It’s great news and “exciting times ahead” seems to be the saying of the moment. However the story doesn’t stop there as we search for an artisan baker, get baking and actually sell enough bread to make the venture financially viable. The story doesn’t stop there on another count, as it’s a tale of co-op-eration.

11 March 2013 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 9

Bread capitals

Anna Louise Batchelor: I’m just back from a trip to Norfolk where I enjoyed travelling and eating my way round the beautiful county. I walked along stunning coastlines, visited pretty market towns and was bowled over by bread. Yes bread! ‘Real Bread’ made with only four ingredients; flour, water, yeast (or sourdough) and salt. This is bread with crusts on, with flavour but without artificial improvers, E numbers or a whole long list of words that you can’t even pronounce.

01 March 2013 | 8 Comments | Recommended by 14

We are all in this together

Anna Louise Batchelor: A famous politician once said that we are 'all in this together' and he is right. Whilst he was talking about the banking crisis and the resulting recession, I'm talking about community. For me there is such a thing as society. It's easy to be pessimistic about the economy and worry about Britain's future. Over a million young people are unemployed and being failed by an economy that struggles to provide skilled, stable work. In the International Year of Co-operatives let's fix the broken economy ourselves. I advocate looking at the model of co-ops for the way forward.

04 July 2012 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 14

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