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Catching a Wild Sourdough Starter

December 2, 2009

I have been baking bread since I was a child. No one in my family baked bread, but I was fascinated by the science of breadmaking. I took my mother’s cookbooks and taught myself to bake breads, croissants, and homemade pizza dough, sometimes with help from my aunt, who enjoyed participating in my kitchen chaos. One day, many years ago, I decided I wanted to try making sourdough bread, and I ordered a starter from King Arthur Flour. I made two loaves of sourdough bread every week, gradually graduating to more complex recipes from Breads from the La Brea Bakery. At some point, life got in the way of sourdough maintenance, and my starter died.