Laurel Kratochvila at Harvard Book Store


New European Baking:
99 Recipes for Breads,
Brioches and Pastries

in conversation with RACHEL SUNDET


October 13, 2022
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes baker and food consultant LAUREL KRATOCHVILA for a discussion of her new book New European Baking: 99 Recipes for Breads, Brioches and Pastries. She will be joined in conversation by RACHEL SUNDET—local award winning baker and owner of Mamaleh’s Delicatessen.

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About New European Baking

Just like many pandemic-driven Americans, Europeans are turning on their ovens and rediscovering their roots through baking.

This collection of nearly one hundred recipes is presented with elegant yet friendly flair by Laurel Kratochvila, an American-born, boulangerie-trained baker with her own Jewish bakery and bagel shop in Berlin. Each chapter is dedicated to a certain kind of baked product—breads, brioches and enriched doughs, viennoiseries and laminated pastries, tartes and biscuits—and includes foundational recipes and time-honored techniques for dough-shaping, fermentation, seasoning, and fillings.

Sprinkled throughout the book are profiles introducing readers to eleven other European bakers who are turning out delicious pastries and breads that reflect the cultural heritage of their home cities of Paris, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Madrid, London, and Lisbon. Recipes such as Baltic rye bread, toasted sesame challah, elderflower maritozzi, honey and fig tropézienne, lamb and fennel sausage rolls, soft pretzels, and spicy ginger caramel shortbreads combine Old World traditions with twenty-first century flavors.

Filled with luscious photography, and suitable for bakers at every level of experience, this sophisticated yet accessible guide to home baking is crammed with centuries of European history.

Praise for New European Baking

“I opened New European Baking expecting a collection of great recipes, but after reading it I came away with so much more. This book is a mediation on passion, soul, and terroir, as told through the stories of the artisans and friends who've inspired Laurel in her own creative journey. Buy it for the meticulous, step-by-step sourdough instructions, craveworthy croissant tutorials, and road-trip escapism; keep it for an edible lesson in pursuing your dreams, one loaf at a time.” —Adeena Sussman

Laurel Kratochvila
Laurel Kratochvila

Laurel Kratochvila

Laurel Kratochvila was born and raised in Massachusetts. After years of bartending and bookselling in Prague, she moved to Berlin and opened the bakery Fine Bagels with her husband. It turned out that was putting the cart before the horse, and when she learned she needed a license to bake bread in Europe, she packed everything up and moved to France where she spent 3 years studying and training in the French boulangerie system. To this day, she still runs Fine Bagels in addition to her wine bar, Le Balto. It's a day-to-night kind of life.

Rachel Sundet
Rachel Sundet

Rachel Sundet

Chef Rachel Sundet’s first job in a restaurant kitchen was at the beloved Cambridge institution, Upstairs on the Square, with Amanda Lydon and Susan Regis. She was immediately hooked. After culinary school in London, she moved west to Seattle, where she worked at Brasa Restaurant and Macrina Bakery. She returned to the East Coast and after a stint on a goat farm with her husband, Tyler, landed at Hungry Mother, where she worked as the pastry chef for 5 years and met her future business partners. Together, they opened State Park, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen and Café du Pays, which has since become Vincent's. In 2015, Sundet was named a StarChefs Rising Star Pastry Chef and Boston Magazine‘s Best Pastry Chef.

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