What is artisan bread and pastry....

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    I have visited a couple of posh markets recently where artisan bread and pastries appears to be the in thing to eat. if you dont mind paying a few quid a loaf that is. I must get my wicker basket out and get myself a loaf to try. What exactly is it.......:)
     
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    a con
     
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    Blimey that was quick Jim. I gathered it was a con but what is it, it is flying off the shelves into traditional wicker baskets quicker that you can shake a stick at.
     
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    People who know the price of everything and the value of nothing will no doubt think it's a con.
    Hand made products cost more by their very nature, and the market for artisan products continues to grow
    The market votes with their wallets I guess
     
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    It also won't have added things like preservative in it. Just like homemade, as already mentioned.
     
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    As far as I know it's just bread made is small batches by traditional bakers using local ingredients and usually a twist in the recipe.
    Much nicer than factory produced
     
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    an excuse to up the prices!:rolleyes:
     
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    An artisan is a skilled worker.

    "Artisan" is a noun that is used to describe a craftsperson, or one who instructs crafterspersons.

    A loaf of bread can never become a skilled worker or a craftsperson.
     
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    Have you joined the noun police ?
     
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    Now if bread is made in a home bread maker with good fresh ingredients, can this be described as an artisan loaf.
     
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    The adjective is artisanal.
     
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    thank you
     
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    It's certainly true that the market votes with its wallet but whether it is a con is less certain in my view.

    It's easy, for example, to appreciate the difference between a piece of furniture built by a cabinet maker and self assembly job from Ikea. With something like bread the difference is less pronounced. One of the things we like to do on our travels is to try out the products from local bakers. We've had some which was very good and some which wasn't and the price tended not to come into it. There is no doubt that some products sold with the "artisan" label are very good but some are simply over priced to take advantage of people too daft to know they are paying over the odds :) The latter reminds me of Harry Enfield :D
     
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    The food snobs..
    and my favourite hate... So called Framers Markets .. that also sell (sic) 'Artisan' bread , cheese etc at grossly inflated prices..

    The food snob, on the other hand sees the farmers’ market as a sign of his cultured, worldly aura, attempting to project a larger cultural context and sense of social status onto the £10 fromage du merde.


    He delights in telling the Saturday boy on the Spanish stand about his time on the Valencian coast, while carefully selecting some chorizo with enough marketing nonsense behind it to boast about to his dinner guests later that evening.


    You see 99.9 per cent of the time, as well as being a food snob, our character delights in the activities of being a common snob; just as his bathroom is kitted out in Italian marble from a tiny village in the Tuscan foothills he had to seek out in a horse drawn cart.


    The food snob buys into the farmers’ market as a luxury lifestyle brand, which serves to bolster his self-assumed air of a moneyed, well travelled man about town.





    http://www.artslondonnews.com/2013/11/01/you-are-what-you-eat-middle-class-food-snobbery/
     
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    I always try artisan beer in France.

    Mainly because the mass produced stuff tastes like sh**.
     
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    I agree with you in most cases. The exception to the rule is Guisborough, where we go when we are not away. Many stalls have fallen by the wayside and others have come and gone but two, a farmer who sells beef and lamb and a farmer who sells pork & bacon &c and chickens, have remained. Their prices are at least as keen as butchers and supermarkets and the quality is far higher.

    I think the other stallholders have gone to other local towns where people will pay the high prices they charge for goods which are often nothing exceptional (e.g. eggs sold for twice the price charged by the farmer who attends local markets and sells really tasty eggs with deep golden yolks). That is not an attempt to denigrate good quality products but I do find it irritating when they are sold as something special which they are not really :)
     
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    That sort of sums it up jim I enjoy a walk around these markets and she usually ends up with some tasty vittles but not yet tried this artisan stuff.:)
     
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