When i started making sourdough bread,it was with the spirit to rerinstate a lost art,which was also beneficial to consumers,because modern bread causes pathologies,quite frankly. I say that because its what the people experience, and is common talk. Its not what you will hear from most bread industry figures,or the apologists who support them. But we have all become accustomed to the onslaught of profit oriented business, which simply annexes what is worthwhile and converts it to an "erzatz" or mere replica, without the inherent value of the original product. This is not news,but an ongoing saga,as our food is converted from a nutrient dense,life supporting neccessity,to that which is nutrient-less and obesity/pathology forming. This isnt just my opinion...please read widely on the subject with careful avoidance of the material funded by the large food corporations and their lackey "scientists". Michael Pollans "In Defense of Food" , or "The Omnivores Dilema"is a good place to start, or Warren Belascos "Appetite for Change". There is also considerable medically-oriented research which affirms the notion that modern refined food is undoing the health of the "advanced" western nations.
Why do i say "Requiem" for sourdough? Its because i watch with great interest,and some concern,as standards which once stood as a mark of truth,basically, are slowly eroded. Some regard me as a "purist" because of my approach. I think this is puerile, and wonder what the opposite of what i am supposed to be "a purist",is?...an adulterator?...i simply stand for the authentic,as most which is authentic around us is, as ive said, just swept away, and adulterated. The victims of this adulteration are the consumers...the punters...the everyday folk who are turning up at their doctors in record numbers with undiagnosed pathologies,or stuff such as "Irritable bowel syndrome"...caused by "Food"...for goodness sake,we are becoming so weak that we arent even fertile anymore,and people recourse to all sorts of expensive technology to have babies... we arent even replacing our population anymore...we are dying out!
Go to the "underdeveloped" countries where people eat real food,even though there is not enough of it,and you find fertile people with lots of kids,populations booming....and they still smile,unlike the grim faces which populate our streets.
But fast forward to the latest petrol station,and what does the advertising say?...oh yeh,we sell "real food",yeh right.
This relates to what we all do on this site,(and particularly the professionals and teachers.)..make food. Yes bread is food, and as such has a huge importance,because it creates us. You dont accept that...fine go without food and learn how central it is to life.
To mess with our food,and trivialise it with scientific rationalisations, is our undoing. Hence,dont mess with sourdough bread. It is an ancient and important skill.It doesnt require ascorbic acid or bakers yeast, and if you cant make it without these adulterants,dont claim to make genuine sourdough, because truthfully,it isnt and you dont.