the universe has a way

hidy ho my adorable little dudes

well, since we last spoke i’ve gone and got hitched, and i’m feeling pretty great about that. check out me and my sweet sweet lady Cathy at City Hall, moments before we officially became husband and wife:

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and then we spent 3 days on a river in the Sierra Foothills with 100 of our closest friends and good god, that was about as good as it gets. lots of this kinda stuff:

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followed by this kinda stuff:

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and then a whooole lotta this kinda stuff:

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(above 3 pics courtesy of the handsome + talented Dylan Chandler)

yup, very very happy about it indeed, being married is the raddest.

on another note, goodness me, it’s been so so lovely to hear from all of y’all about how you’re digging on the book!! thanks times a zillion for all of your sweet sweet e-love letters, they make me blush, every single one of them. i’ve even been getting some good ol’ fashioned letters of the handwritten variety as well, and that makes me smile reeeal big, so if you’re feelin like breakin out the ol feather pen, please do and send it to me at The Mill, 736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117. i may even write ya one back w my new watercolor set, which i am actively looking for excuses to uses [sic].

ok ok, i wanna tell you a story, so quit yappin and just listen up – i was up in Portland, Oregon a few weeks back, absolutely loooooving it, when i got a text from my sweet lady Cathy, “what’s the license plate number of your truck?” my stomach immediately sunk – somehow i knew that somebody stole my truck. a bunch of texts back and forth and a few phonecalls later and it was confirmed – some total a-hole had stolen my truck. i was flying back to SF that day anyway, so we went straight to the police station, filed that report, and then i prayed to the almighty god that i don’t even believe in that my dear truck would find its way back to me.

minutes, hours, days went by………..

then this happened:

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yup, some friggin jerk had gone and tossed a couple wine bottles through our skylights at The Mill. i wondered – was i doing something wrong? was the Universe trying to show me something? was it the toast??? WHY O WHY WHAT DID I DO??!?!?

but then i got a call, and an hour later i was going like this:

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THE POLICE FOUND MY TRUCK YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! and yes, i felt as awesomely crazy as i appear in this photo, if any of you have had a car stolen and then returned, you understand what i’m talkin about. and the thieves had been pretty sweet, as far as thieves go – the truck was totally fine, with stereo in place and trailmix still in the glovebox.

so now i am feeling okay again – i got a sweet truck, a sweet wife, a sweet bakery, a sweet life.

what else is up? i’ve been surfing a good bit, sometimes if i am lucky with the likes of this fellow:

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and we’ve got some changes afoot in the bakery!! basically we are gonna pull back our pastry program so that we can make a little bit more bread. what kinda bread, you ask? TOP SECRET. jk sweetheart, we are considering all sorts of stuff, but currently these are the winners:

  • baguettes. these will be baguettes of the sort you’ve never seen. why? because we are gonna make them completely out of ancient grain. yeah that’s right – ancient baguettes. get ready San Francisco, we’re gonna hit you right where it counts.
  • ancient wonder bread. remember when you were a kid and your mom used to make you sandwiches on that delicious sliced multi grain bread??? we’re gonna make that. but we’re not going to slice it for you, don’t be silly. and it’s not gonna be made to last for weeks on a supermarket shelf either, even though this aging process lent a certain charm, for sure. ours will probably be a blend of khorasan and einkorn and who knows what else, stay tuned. i’ve known for years that i needed to make bread with einkorn, and we’ve been experimenting in the bakery, and we can’t even believe how delicious it tastes. it’s hard to work with, but we’re gonna try our best to figure it out. what’s einkorn? oh, it’s only like the oldest frikkin variety of wheat on the planet earth, no big deal. BIG DEAL. read more here.
  • more adventure bread, more rye bread. people been freeeakin on the adventure bread, and we have been struggling to keep up. rest assured, we are going to start making more of it so that you don’t have to be here first thing in the morning to get your adventure bread fix. what’s adventure bread? check this out. whoops, not that, this. (it’s our gluten-free bread) also, we can’t make enough rye bread right now, but we will soon!!
  • yummy pastries from a baker buddy. we will still make some of our yummy sweets, such as our cookies and granola, but for the most part we are gonna hand over the pastry reigns to a very talented baker buddy of ours. stay tuned, you’ll know when it happens.

and OH MAN, if you’re free this Friday ya gotta come to Penrose + party with us!!!

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no reservations, just come on in and eat some delicious dinner and drink some delicious drink and leave with a signed copy of my book.

speaking of book release parties – i’m headed to the northeast in just a couple weeks – so if you’re in New York or Amherst, MA or Vermont, or LA, i better see you at one of these:

ok that is all i loves yous

<3 josey

the parties rage on in East + West: Nopa on 5/26 – Penrose on 6/6

what up my sweet + beautiful friends!!

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great news – we got a couple more book release parties coming up in the next few weeks – one in San Francisco, one in Oakland. these are gonna be a freakin blast, can’t wait to hang with all y’all. i mean, who doesn’t like to eat delicious food and drink delicious drink and just generally celebrate life and be merry… and end the night with a hot off the presses copy of my new cookbook in your hands?!?!?

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i’ll tell you who doesn’t like to do that: a-holes. and ya know what – NO A HOLES ALLOWED at these parties.

Nopa – Monday 5/26, 5-6pm – happy hour w/ *free* savory toast bites

one of my favorite places to eat in SF, hell, one of many, many people’s favorite places to eat in SF, is Nopa. if you’ve been here then you know exactly what i mean. and if you haven’t been here, now’s your chance. they started using our bread on the daily a couple months after we opened, and i am so so so happy about it. they’re going to be whipping up some special savory toast bites that we’ll be serving *on the house,* so come through and have a munch, get yourself a cocktail, buy a book for your dad, and celebrate Memorial Day in style.

and if SF is not your side of the bay, don’t you worry your pretty little self, i got you covered -

Penrose – Friday 6/6, all night long – a whole menu of dishes made with JBB bread + our whole grain flours

have you been to Penrose??? holy moly, you’re going to freak out. Mr. Charlie Hallowell + team have outdone themselves, goodness gracious. i met Charlie back in the fall of 2010, just a few months after i started baking, and we really hit it off… within a week we were having sleepovers, prancing about in our (matching) undies and baking bread together early in the morning out of his wood fired oven at Pizzaiolo. and look at us now – he just opened his third ridiculously delicious restaurant, and i’m blabbing about this book i just wrote. supremely stoked about this evening, it’s sure to be very fun and very delicious.

please note – while it’s great if you wanna come to these to a buy a book, you are also more than welcome to just come and party with us, and leave book-free. we just like having fun, and we want you to do it with us. (and by ‘it’ i mean ‘have fun,’ you little perv.) 

catch ya soon lovelies

<3 j

 

 

 

dear portland, have breakfast w me tmrw…?

tomorrow, Saturday May 3 @ 11AM at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel

let me buy you breakfast – free JBB granola + biscotti + coffee

i’ll show some embarassing photos + blab about my book + then maybe you will buy one for yourself + your mom

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me: goodness gracious, i’m kinda overwhelmed.

portland: oh really? i couldn’t tell… what’s up?

me: i mean, i know that we just met, that this is our first date, but it’s just, you’re so… i don’t know… you’re so… sweet.

portland: oh stop it, you’re rad too. and come on, i’m not perfect you know.

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me: i’m sure, nowhere is, but everything i’ve seen so far has just been so… nice.

portland: well that’s sweet of you… you’re pretty nice yourself.

me: all of your streets are so serene, and you’ve got that wonderful river right in the middle, and the food, and the coffee, and the cocktails, and all the pretty people…

portland: well, you do have a point, i’ve got very good versions of all of those things.

me: i just rode my bike all over you today, and at every frikkin turn i was met with such rad stuff. i mean, you even inspired me to buy new shoes!

 

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portland: well aren’t those cute!!

me: anyway, i have something i’ve been wanting to ask you…

portland: and what’s that?

me: ummmm, well, i was thinking that maybe we could, i don’t know, ya know, ummmm…

portland: yes……?

me: oh no, i can’t ask, now i’m embarassed.

portland: oh come on! don’t be a weenie, just ask me! would it help if i told you that i had a really nice day with you, and that i think that you’re a very cute young man…?

me: <blushes> …wanna have breakfast together?

portland: …i thought you’d never ask.

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hope to see some of you sweet portland folk tomorrow morning.

<3 j

 

hittin the road – Seattle + Portland here i come!

come out + say yo

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so so so very stoked to hit the road and share the loaves… still can’t really believe it, but that’s not gonna stop me.

next Tuesday i am flying up to Seattle to hang with the dudes who make photos like this:

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Camembert on Brioche with ham and mushroomscrazy right? they’re full of magic tricks. stay tuned.

after that i’m supremely stoked to say that i’ll head up to The Bread Lab up at Washington State University to hang with Mr. Stephen Jones & crew and geek out about grains and baking and what have you. then an evening at Book Larder. see you there?

then a hop skip & jump down to Portland, a place i’ve only been to once, but am hearing from everyone how much i am going to love. will prob spend most of my time doing this:

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very stoked to spend a few days here, will start out at Powell’s Books Beaverton Thursday eve, and end up at The Ace Hotel for a Saturday morning presentation & book signing. i’m gonna bring some granola from the bakery, so swing through and have breakfast with me.

ok – i’ve gotta ride my bike to the Presidio Branch of the SF Public Library right now, have an event to do! hope to catch ya at one of these events sweethearts.

<3 j

 

 

 

tomorrow night (4/22) dinner @ State Bird Provisions

the stars align this Tuesday night my friends!! for one night only these two beautiful and supremely talented folks are hosting a book release + bake sale complete with a whole bunch of special dishes that they’ve dreamt up using our bread and stone ground whole grains:

photo1 (1)say hello to Nicole & Stuart, the totally badass couple behind State Bird Provisions.

tomorrow night they’ve done away with reservations and will fill our mouths and bellies with some of the most incredible food this fine world’s ever known. just spoke with Stuart, they’ll be cooking up some JBB griddle cakes, State Bird style… I CANNOT WAIT.

i’ll be there all night long with a pile of my books, fresh baked bread, and a whole bunch of stone ground whole grains for you to take home. come hungry, leave happy.

hope to see ya there sweetie pies

<3 josey

 

book parties across the country + pizza party on

holy crap, so much to share! so much to get stoked about! so many backflips to do!

don’t worry, i know you’re squeezing in reading this while your boss is “in a meeting” and you’re supposed to be “compiling that data,” so i will keep it brief -

  1. i’m hitting the road to pump up my book
  2. pizza parties are on full steam ahead

alright, first things first, let’s tackle #1, which i still am having a hard time believing -

 

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my book is coming out in less than 2 weeks. will someone please pinch me.

you: hah, sure i’ll pinch you, i’ve been wanting to do that for a while now… <p*i*n*c*h>

me: OWE STOP THAT.

we’ll be celebrating the release in many ways, most notably with a totally rad evening in collaboration with State Bird Provisions.

you: but baker boy, i don’t live in SF and i wanna hang out and get a book and what have you and what not, what the heck am i supposed to do???

me: i got your back, i’m headed out on the road to spread the good word:

  • April 29, 30: Seattle
  • May 1-3: Portland/Beaverton
  • June 12: New York
  • June 17: Boston
  • June 19: Vermont
  • sometime soon: LA

mark your calendars, details to come.

as for all you Bay Area peeps, here’s a bunch of events we got planned:

and for #2 -

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many folks have said this -

you: hey, these Monday Night Pizza parties are supremely rad, i’m bummed that they’re only for the month of March… 

me: be bummed no more my friends, Monday Night Pizza is continuing on forever!!!

yup, now you know where to find us on Monday night in perpetuity, scarfing slices of pizza and doing silly dances. we are working on an online pre-order system so that you can place your order beforehand and just come pick up your pie, hold tight.

and to tie everything together, check this out – we’ll be having a book launch party at The Mill in 2 weeks, on Monday April 14, where you can buy a copy of the book, eat as much pizza as your heart desires, and toast life. then you can do stuff like this whenever you want:

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and yes, that is a bread bra. Colleen is a badass.

check ya soon sweeties

<3 j