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Bakeries are full of wonderful things: smells, sweet possibilities, friendly bakers who sometimes wait on you. A lot of work has usually gone into the sometimes soft, crunchy, salty, icing-covered products for sale, and the purchases you make often result in satisfaction and happiness. We celebrate all this oven-baked artistry in this hour-long.
From a tiny workroom with a nearby wood-fired oven at Orange Peel Bakery on Martha’s Vineyard to a well-equipped bagel bakery called SIlverbow in Juneau, Alaska, we have visited and talked with people who own, work, shop and sometimes linger in these excellent small businesses. In Syracuse, New York, at Columbus Bakery, there is traditional Italian bread made in ovens in the same room where you buy it. In McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the Monezis family has been pleasing customers with quality baked goods at Minerva Bakery since the 1923.
We learn to serve ourselves at a Mexican bakery called Mama Ines in Lafayette, Indiana, and check out unusual offerings at Mahoroba Japanese Bakery in Sacramento. In Poulsbo, Washington, at Sluys Bakery, they make a small pastry known as a Viking Cup that’s a perfect treat to take on the ferry to Seattle. We consider beautiful baguettes at Standard Baking Company in Portland, Maine, and we sit with the morning regulars at Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula, Montana.
We also take a ride in a “dessert truck” called Chez Moi Bakery in Durham, North Carolina, where the vanilla rum cake is soaked and scrumptious.