Join us on Saturday, March 31 at 2:30 pm as we welcome author Martin Philip to the library to discuss his new book Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes.  Martin Philip will present a moving meditation on craft and love, and an intimate portrait of baking and our communion with food. 

Martin Philip is a Fayetteville native that left Arkansas to attend Oberlin Conservatory and a career in finance.  Yearning for creative connection, he traded his finance career in New York City for an entry-level baker position at King Arthur Flour in rural Vermont. A true Renaissance man, the opera singer, banjo player, and passionate amateur baker worked his way up, eventually becoming head bread baker.  Being a baker isn’t just mastering the chemistry of flour, salt, water, and yeast; it is being an alchemist—perfecting the transformation of simple ingredients into an elegant expression of the soul.  Breaking Bread is an intimate tour of Philip’s kitchen, mind, and heart. Through original recipes and life stories told with incandescent prose, he shares not only the secrets to creating loaves of unparalleled beauty and flavor but the secrets to a good life. From the butter biscuits, pecan pie, and whiskey bread pudding of his childhood in the Ozarks to French baguettes and focaccias, bagels and muffins, cinnamon buns and ginger scones, Breaking Bread is a guide to wholeheartedly embracing the staff of life.

Books will be available to purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation.