Bread Making Business, Sled Dog Racer and Utilitarian Furniture Maker

MOTHER's Profiles column celebrates little-known environmental heroes who make a difference. This issue includes profiles of a bread making business, a sled dog racer and a utilitarian furniture maker.

| September/October 1977

MOTHER's celebration of little-known environmental heroes who make the world a better place.

Profiles: Bread Making Business, Sled Dog Racer and Utilitarian Furniture Maker

In celebration of little-known MOTHER-type folks from all over.

Bread Making Business: Bonnie Rhoads

"Anyone is a baker after his first loaf," says Bonnie Rhoads. "You can't destroy bread unless you grossly exaggerate the ingredients."

And Bonnie — who, not long ago, couldn't tell a whole grain from a hole in the wall — ought to know: She now teaches a regular bread making class . . . for about 20 students at a crack.

Ms. Rhoads works for The Bread Shop, a four-year-old Chicago bakery (now expanding to include a natural foods cooperative grocery store), to help finance her college creative writing courses. Though she remembers that her brother knew how to bake bread years ago, Bonnie herself didn't learn to work dough till she was hired by the bakery. After that, though, it only took her about two weeks to start baking and teaching for the shop like an expert.

Students pay $1.50 for a two-hour lesson, and that payment covers all ingredients needed to make three one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread (each member of the class brings his or her own large mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, and a kitchen towel). As Bonnie strolls around The Bread Shop's two large butcher block tables, encouraging and correcting her students, each class member learns what ingredients and proportions to use, how to mix dough, and how to knead and shape a sponge of bread . . . before taking his or her completed loaves home to be baked.

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