A Loaf by any Other Name

When I first began telling others of my resolution to make bread every week (and blog about it), I was surprised by two things. First, that people seemed so supportive. After all, my resolution involves eating more carbs and that’s not exactly typical. However, I was also astonished to find out that this idea was so popular it had been done a number of times in several forms. The most famous is likely to be the Julie & Julia project wherein a blogger attempts to cook every recipe from the famous Julia Childs cookbook. I also managed to find several other blogs where authors declared the exact same resolution as mine, cooking bread on a weekly basis.

It should come as no surprise that, because great minds think alike, two of these projects chose the same name. I purchased 52Loaves.com on a whim, baking my first loaves and starting the blog all in the same day. Within a week, I had received an email:

From: William Alexander
To: Chas Grundy

I noticed your project of baking a loaf of bread every week and writing about it. Great idea! So great, in fact, that my book about a similar project, “52 Loaves,” is being published in May. And I see that in coming up with the same title for our projects, great minds think alike. Although this great mind was too dense to register the obvious URL, 52loaves.com.

After reading some excerpts from his book, I agreed to switch domain names and hand 52loaves.com over. Since I have all of 1 week and about 15 subscribers under by belt, I figured it wouldn’t be too much of a loss. After all, he’s already spent several years writing his book – and it looks to be an excellent book. I can’t wait to read it.

You can check out some of his adventures, tips, photos, and more at http://williamalexander.com/bread/default.cfm. Eventually, he’ll make use of 52loaves.com for this.

If you haven’t already, please update any bookmarks, links, or feed subscriptions to use breadyear.com.

2 Responses to “A Loaf by any Other Name”

  1. How nice of you! 🙂

  2. I second John’s sentiments. You’re a scholar and a gentleman, Chas, and your graciousness is greatly appreciated. That being said, if you start baking better bread than me (which by the looks of things may be happening well before your year is up), I will not be a happy baker.