Links and more

Sourdough, Bread and other Baking

The Bread Bible, Rose Levi Beranbaum. This book is great for beginners as it explains techniques in great detail and often uses illustrations.

Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes, Jeffrey Hamelman. This is a bread bakers classic from the start of the revival of artisan bread in the US. Jeffrey Hamelman offers recipes for a vast array of breads, including sourdoughs, brioche, authentic rye breads, flat breads.


The Bread Bakers Apprentice: 15th Anniversary edition. Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, Peter Reinhart. Peter Reinhart is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on bread. In this book he tries to bridge the gap between professional and home baking.

Modernist Bread: Nathan Myhrvold. This is an epic multi-volume edition that covers the entire history of bread baking from the stone age to modern day factory baking. Apparently more than 13000 loaves of bread were baked while the book was being written. Hugely expensive too, so maybe you can find it in your local library

Backen. Ursula Grüninger. A recipe collection of classic German baking, including an overview of baking throughout the ages.

Bouchon Bakery, Thomas Keller. This book is a collection of well thought out recipes with great descriptions of techniques. Mainly pastries and cakes.

Health, Nutrition and Microbiology

The Human Microbiome Handbook, Jason A. Tetro and Emma Allen-Vercoe This book is a collection of science papers, so a bit more for the super interested, who doesn’t mind the lingo.

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ, Gulia Enders. A great start for the non-scientist to understand the body’s most underrated organ.

Regenerative Farming, Organic Agriculture and the Environment

This is a short interview of the Doctors Farmacy by Mark Hyman, in which he talks about the power of regenerative farming and the no-till method to Miriam Horne

The 4 per 1000 initiative

Organic Farming in New Zealand

For the Love of Bees is a concept that helps seemingly unrelated ecological projects become one cohesive action via the lens of bees

The Environmental Defense Society

350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of the international climate movement

New Zealand Climate Change Action Network

The Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The Sustainable Business Network

Generation Zero‘s vision is to see New Zealand leading the way to a zero carbon future

A wonderful article by YesMagazine about how urban agriculture transformed Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union

An amazing book that someone gave me to read recently is Grain by Grain by Bob Quinn and and Liz Carlisle

Alternatives to Supermarkets & Big Food

Find a local Farmers Market near you onFarmers Markets NZ

Learn more about how organic and regenerative agriculture can help save our planet at Permaculture NZ

Yotam and Niva are an inspirational couple that practice permaculture in their market garden near Thames, Coromandel. Check them out atPakaraka Permaculture

Phil Pierie from Pieries Butchery in Mt. Eden, Auckland is a talented butcher, who sources his meats from sustainable farms in New Zealand and uses every part of the animal to make traditional butchery products without the use of artificial fillers and other ingredients.

Mangarara Station is a family owned farm that produces free-range meat using regenerative land stewardship. You can order meat directly from them

Bread & Butter Bakery is my own bakery, where we make bread in the same way that it has been done for thousands of years. Pastries, cakes and a extensive brunch menu are also what we do

Find organic quality household staples and fresh ingredients at any of these retail stores in and around Auckland:

Ceres Organics

Huckleberry Farms

Commonsense Organics

Naturally Organic

The Goodness Grocer

Organics Out West

Podcasts, magazines and other inspirations

I recently discovered the UK podcast Farmerama Radio, which has a couple of enlightened series recently related to bread and the grain economy called ‘Cereal’ and ‘Who feeds us?’ respectively. Really worth listening to.

Flow Magazine, a beautifully curated magazine full of inspirational illustrations, articles and things to do‎

Sam Harris‘ writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. His podcast is called Making Sense. In 2018 he launched a meditation app called Waking Up, which consists of short 10min mediations and lessons on the practice and theory of mediation.

Mothers of Invention is a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world

A fascinating podcast series by one of the few women successfully operating the podcast space is Drilled by Amy Westervelt from Critical Frequency. She digs into the dirty business of the oil industry’s systematic cover up and distractions from climate change. Check it out, you may think you know this already, but it’s still fascinating to hear it substantiated by so many senior scientists and eye witnesses.

I cannot say that I have listened too much to the Rich Roll podcast itself, but this episode with Zach Bush, MD is an eye-opener for learning a bout regenerative agriculture and the difference it can make in solving some of the planets most pressing problems

Stone Soup Syndicate an independent ad free food medium that offers a no bullshit view of the world

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinponche had been given to me by one of my employees, when she heard that my mother was dying of cancer. It has been an absolute eye-opener and starting point for so many explorations, ideas, and thoughts. Its timeless observations should be a compulsory read in schools.

The Science Delusion, by Rupert Sheldrake was probably one of the most interesting books I have read in the last 10 years. Sheldrake – a biochemist himself – asks the question whether science is letting us down by letting itself being limited by materialistic dogma.