Life without modern conveniences

March 14, 2008 6:52:51 PM PDT
Imagine a world without bread, or a stove to bake it, or any of the modern conveniences we take for granted? Bay Area baker, Eric Wolfinger, was here to share some lessons from his travels, and to show how you can apply them to your everyday life.

Eric Wolfinger, information about his travels and photography can be found on his blog:

About Eric Wolfinger:
Eric Wolfinger is a San Francisco based photographer. Since graduating from Pomona College in 2004 with a BA in Politics, he has worked in San Francisco to pursue his interests in photography and professional cooking. After stints at restaurants in the Bay area, Wolfinger apprenticed with Chad Robertson to become one of Tartine's bread bakers. His camera style draws on Mexican/Chicano muralists in rendering the dignity and despair in the struggles of working people and on contemporary food photography for its clear forms and vibrant colors.

Eric's Bread recipe
"Abuela's Pan de Banano" (Colombian spelling)

2 ripe (black!) bananas
¾ cup safflower oil
½ cup white sugar
½ brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

Blend the wet ingredients to a smooth puree. Sift the dry ingredients together, and add them to the puree. Mix gently to combine. Pour the batter into a buttered loaf pan and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Enjoy with a strong cup of tinto.

Tartine Bakery:
600 Guerrero St. (@18th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415) 487-2600