In the past few months, I have maintained a steady flow of one new post on BREAD Magazine’s Facebook page per day (and since more recently, on our Tumblr site Bread Feed). From time to time, I post links to blog posts or useful baking advice, but because of the nature of Facebook and how we use the social network, most of the time, I pick and share inspiring videos from the Internet, showing bakers from around the world work on their breads.

While doing this, I have gathered a big collection of videos and watched even more of them, and as usually happens, a smaller number of videos have taken their place as my all-time favorites.

In case you haven’t watched all of them already and are looking for some inspiration today, here are my top ten — in no specific order. These are all too good to be ranked one above the other.

Enjoy, be inspired, and then bake some bread!

Polestar Hearth

Polestar Hearth is a small, community supported artisan bakery in Guelph, Ontario baking sourdough bread in a beautiful wood-fired oven. The bakery run by Jesse Merrill and Scott Williams has been featured in two of our issues: October 2013 and December 2013.

Zak the Baker

Zak Stern runs an artisan bakery, Zak the Baker in Miami, Florida. His story is inspiring (check out our August 2013 issue to read some of it): he quit his university studies to travel the world and learn what life really is about — while learning the craft of bread making on the side. This month (April 2014), Zak is moving his bakery to a new, better location with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign.

These three videos (Yes I know… Now, this list will include more than ten videos in total. I just couldn’t resist sharing all three of these.) from the bakery are a testimony for the man and his team’s attitude and appreciation for tradition.

Heart Breads

Ever since I first saw this video about the small bakery in Byron Bay, Australia, I have been meaning to get in touch with the baking family and learn more about their business and bread. I’m sure Heart Breads will be featured in a future issue of BREAD, but for now, watch their video. It’s joy of baking and community at its purest.

Mike “The Bejkr” Zakowski

Mike Zakowski is an award-winning baker — this spring, he participated in the world championships of baking in Paris for the second time — but he chooses to bake in his small bakery, providing bread for the community of Sonoma Valley by selling at farmers’ markets and delivering bread by bicycle.

You can read more about Mike in the Autumn 2012 issue of BREAD.

Baltic Bakehouse

Baltic Bakehouse is a new, yet traditional bakery in Liverpool. The bread looks fabulous as does the atmosphere of the bakery café but most of all, this video inspires me because of how this brother and sister team is the perfect example of following a dream so that they won’t have regrets later in life.

Josey Baker

Josey Baker — yes, Baker is his real last name — is a baker. But just a few years ago, he wasn’t. Through a lot of work and a never-ending passion for bread, in this short time, he has made his way from baking his first sourdough loaf in his kitchen to baking bread and milling flour at The Mill, a bakery café in San Francisco, California. And as that wasn’t amazing already, he also just published a book — Josey Baker Bread — this Tuesday!

For an interview I did with this fine baker, check out the October 2013 issue of BREAD.

Nicolas Supiot

This video is in French, but even if you don’t understand the language, I urge you to take a look. The way Nicolas Supiot manages his small countryside bakery — the dough, the oven, everything — is like an ode for the craft of bread.

Tartine Bread

This video has been around for a while already and many of you have probably seen it by now, but I still wanted to include it in my top ten because of the big, lasting impression it made on me and how in many ways it shaped my relationship with bread, leading to the magazine and everything I am doing with bread at the moment.

Tartine Bakery and Chad Robertson probably need no introduction. The book is a classic, as is the bread.

Better Health Bakery

Bread is an amazing foodstuff in itself but it can also act as a vehicle for transforming lives. Better Health Bakery is a social enterprise in London, UK that provides people recovering from mental diseases with a possibility to learn the craft of bread making and get used to working with other people in a safe environment.

Raluca Micu wrote a beautiful piece about the bakery and its apprentices for the Spring 2014 issue of BREAD.

Aaron Brunet

I had no idea about this before I started collecting the list — I just admired the beautiful, relaxed bread making and barefoot atmosphere — but Aaron Brunet is the winner of MasterChef New Zealand in 2013. He is also a sourdough baker and a passionate family man with a lot to teach to all of us.

(Some time after publishing this post, I got in touch with Aaron — and published an interview with him in the Autumn 2014 issue of Bread Magazine)

More videos…

I am happy with this list, but at the same time, I know I left so many great videos out — some that I probably haven’t even seen yet (and more videos are being created around the world all the time). Tom Baker’s clip, The Starter, for example is a real gem…

I’ll probably collect another list at some point, but for now, if your favorite clip wasn’t listed, share it in the comments! It’s always nice to have some more — productive — distractions in a baker’s day.

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  1. You didn’t list your own little video about digging a hole and baking bread in it! It was charming and how I first came across you and your BREAD magazine. Can you publish the link?

    1. Thank you, Kristen! I like that video a lot too, because of all the great memories of that summer day spent with my brothers 🙂

      Here you go:

  2. Hi Jarkko,
    Nice list! there is a series of swedish videos at vimeo I particularly like a lot. Here I paste links to a couple of them:

    I’m sure you know them, otherwise I hope you’ll like them

    Best

    1. Hey Lucas! Thanks for the links, I love them both.

      I was familiar with the one from Rosendals Trädgård already but the other one was new to me.

      Cheers!

  3. Thanks for this lovely collection, that I am still working my way through. The Nicolas Supiot one was so beautiful and inspiring, even though I only understood the odd word!

    1. Nicolas Supiot is awesome! I’m thinking we have to get him to do an interview with us in one of the future issues of BREAD… In English so we can all understand it 🙂

      Cheers!

  4. Thanks Jarkko, these have been absolutely fabulous Easter viewing! Here’s one I also really like – not sourdough, but huge fun – cuban bread being made en masse in Tampa Florida! 🙂

    1. That’s a fun video, Celia! Thanks for sharing it! Is it OK if I share it on the magazine’s Facebook page too?

  5. I’m sure it is, I found it on YouTube when I was writing my post on cuban bread. Have just subscribed for 2014 and bought the 2013 back copies, having a wonderful day off with a cup of Earl Grey and your magazine, thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Angel!

      What a coincidence! I found your video yesterday and had just scheduled it to appear on the magazine’s Facebook page today when I saw your comment 🙂
      It’s an amazing video. The beginning is almost meditative and the ending — just so much fun and joy! I love it.

      All the best for your micro bakery! And thank you for the comment.

  6. Hello my friend,

    You forget to add our friend’s video Vincent Talleu 😀
    It’s packed with inspirations.

    1. Hey Suryo!

      You’re absolutely right! If you mean the French video that was made before the Europain, featuring Vincent, it’s an awesome one! Definitely worth including on this list.

      Vincent’s flying videos are great too 🙂

  7. Hi. You should take a look at a video I did about world class baker Maurizio Negrini and consider adding it to your fine list. Here’s the link:

    It world premiered at the New York Food Film Festival and has screened at festivals all over the world.

  8. On TV5 Monde (French TV) this morning I saw a feature on a farm in the country of Turkey and the old ladies were baking bread in an ancient wood fire oven. Very cool! If you get that channel they show 10 minute human interest features between the news shows in the morning and that’s when it was on. They tend to repeat them so you might be able to catch it.

  9. Thank you so much for producing your magazine dedicated to bread. I enjoy receiving every issue along with the occasional post. My wife and I have been baking with sourdough here in Malaysia for around 12 years. After some help from Dan Lepard and others, we were able to take off and produce Organic Bread for our local stores. Since then we have built an oven, brought in a Mill from Austria so that we can mill our own Rye, Spelt and Wheat grains.

    We look forward to many more issues.

    regards to all