By Kate Davies
I’ve been baking lots of bread at home lately. My current favorite recipe calls for a natural starter (also known as sourdough, or leaven), which sounded daunting until I actually tried it. If you can stir flour and water together, you’ve got this. It takes about 5 minutes per day to get your starter up and running, and once it’s alive and bubbling it takes about 5 minutes each week to maintain. If you’re like me, you might feel a sense of ownership and attachment; after all, this is your unique bread starter, cultivated from your environment and brought to life with your care. The longer your maintain your starter, the more strength and flavor it will develop.