My Dad: Video Star

If you’ve read my cookbooks, you know that food is kind of our family business. My dad owned a restaurant when I was growing, and my mom is an award-winning, no-recipe-needed cook. They’re both kitchen masters, and they inspired a love of food, cooking, and eating in both my brother and me.

Dad has always been interested in baking, but in the last few years, he’s gotten serious about honing his craft.

He’s read all the books and blogs, and even stayed with us in Vermont to attend a week-long professional baking class at King Arthur Flour.

Here’s another thing you should know about my dad: He’s very patient when he explains things—which comes in handy when trying to teach his exuberant 19-year-old daughter how to drive a car with a manual transmission or to convey the importance of knowing where you’re going to put down a hot oven pan before you remove it from the oven.

When Dad’s friend asked for the recipe for Sesame Seed Italian Bread, my dad didn’t just email the recipe. Instead he and my mom teamed up to make 11 (!) step-by-step videos to illustrate the process. I’m not saying you should bake a loaf of bread—Although if you did, I certainly wouldn’t judge you. Dad’s recipe is first-rate. But I am saying this: Here’s my dad’s video. He and my mom are two of my favorite people.

You can see the rest of the videos on my mom’s YouTube channel.

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  • Valerie says:

    Really enjoyed the video of your dad baking bread. Thanks for sharing it with us. Makes me really wish I didn’t have gluten sensitivity, though! Enjoy your time with them when they visit you in Prague.