Bread in Common

Stoke-on-Trent's real bread bakery

Interview with: Clare Stevens

Chris Twigg

Date: 01/05/14

Location: Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Interviewer: Dalit Fishman Hendel

Permission given to use interview for website, exhibition and Staffordshire archive: YES

Question asked “What do you remember about bread or bread baking”.

After I left University I had a few temping jobs.  One of these was a bread taster at Allied Bakeries on the A34. My job was to collect samples of bread from the production line and leave them on shelves and watch them go mouldy over 4 days.  One of my favourite jobs was to pick a loaf off that was partly baked and I got to take it off to a test oven at the side of the factory floor and bake it off myself.  We got to slice the bread and eat it and test the consistancy of it.  The crunch and the crackle of the fresh bread was just wonderful.

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