Bonnie Ohara of Alchemy Bread

One Woman Cottage Micro Bakery

In this largely unedited recording, I invite you to sit down with baker and author Bonnie Ohara of Alchemy Bread, and I, in the dining room of her home and cottage bakery in Modesto, California. In between the pitter patter of little feet and a couple late customers, we had a deeply honest and heartfelt conversation about her hard, self-taught journey from checking out bread books at the library to now having her own book resting on the same shelves. She tells us how a debilitating injury re-focussed her passion for baking and what you should know before starting your own cottage bakery.

Author of the best selling

Bread Baking for Beginners

“I wake up in the morning and wash my face with soap that my friend made, I pour myself a cup of coffee that’s coffee roasted by somebody I know, every step of my day is built around the people that live here…. that’s my heart and soul… they support my business, I support their ventures and it’s like a huge collaborative effort … and feel like that’s step one. It’s laying the ground work within your community to create a web of support”
— Bonnie on starting a cottage bakery