KNEADED: L.A. BREAD STORIES

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

“Kneaded: L.A. Bread Stories” is an online project sponsored by the L.A. Museum of Natural History.

Through videos, photographs, and written interviews, the offering celebrates L.A.’s history, heritage, and communities through the lens of bread.

Visually appealing, easy to navigate, the site makes you feel as if you’re walking through a giant strip mall with a fantastic mom-and-pop shop behind every door. The colors, layout, visuals, and excerpted quotes all pop. The mouth waters.

Here are Monica May and Kristen Trattner, co-owners of downtown’s Nickel Diner. In 2008 when the restaurant opened, they had three strikes against them: They were women, they were in Skid Row, and funding was scarce. They forged ahead anyway.

READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.

2 Replies to “KNEADED: L.A. BREAD STORIES”

  1. This article encourages me! I’ve just this summer (of my 2nd grandma year) acquired some sourdough starter! Learning to make bread and other goodies, even pickles too. So easy for some other people but it all takes a lot of thinking on my part. It truly was a small community effort. Daughters suggestion, a friends dad’s sourdough starter, a rabbit whole of youtube videos, from my kitchen to my sisters! Sister is a better cook so I’m taking notes from her!! I’m not going to open a bakery but I’ll give breads the ole college try! Maybe my kiddos will like to learn and remember my breads too! Scones are next on the list. Thanks Heather for finding such interesting stories to share.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Wonderful, Gloria! Bread, and pickles, too! I learned to make bread way back in the 70s…haven’t baked much lately, but then again, turning on the oven isn’t one’s first thought in 105-degree heat…We’ll all feel differently when fall comes…congrats on your grandmotherhood. I bet you’re great at it.

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