About The Gift Of Bread

Michael Storey putting the chefs of a resort hotel through the basics of sourdough bread.

The Gift of Bread HQ in Martock, Somerset, UK

We teach people to make a bread that improves their health. Slow fermented sourdough bread.

Bread in the past was referred to as the staff life.
You could live – and thrive – on bread alone. From a biblical perspective Christ said the only other thing besides bread as a physical food that was needed was a bit of spiritual content in our lives.
There are many sayings such as ‘the bread winner’ showing the importance of bread in the past. Obviously that has all changed. The bread that is served up to us in the supermarket is not able to sustain a mouse. Many laboratory experiments show there is not enough food value in modern bread to sustain wildlife. We are requested every winter not to feed the ducks and swans bread, as they will die of malnutrition.
Over the last one hundred and fifty years, food production has changed dramatically. Bread now falls under the banner of “ultra processed food”. Flour and yeast are the two culprits. Modern white flour, only invented in the 1870’s, stripped every bit of nutrition out of the grain. Modern baking yeast, invented in the 1870’s bypassed the traditional ‘sourdough culture’ that had been used for thousands of years. Without the fermentation provided by the microbiota, we cannot access the abundance of goodies that are inherent in whole wheat grain.
This why we are here. We go back in time to when bread was real food and it was a simple process to make it. Everyone did it all the time. They had to, they lived on it.

Our Aim: To Help people discover the benefits of real sourdough

We  teach people how to make real sourdough bread for themselves.
This kind of bread is almost impossible to buy.

• Providing a bread that everyone can eat.
• Bread that is a real food.
• Bread that ‘anyone can make’.
• Bread with very real health benefits.

We want everyone to understand the difference between modern ultra-processed 'bread' and its real traditional (historic) counterpart. In a very quick and efficient way, you can make bread that is a real food with powerful health benefits.
Image of three loaves of sourdough bread

Donations – Help us teach more people to help themselves

When it comes to bread these days, it often means bloated tummies, headaches, skin rashes, and for some like me, a coeliac, quite severe consequences. Up to 40% of the UK or and the Western world these days report difficulty with bread. The gluten-free era has taken off. What is the problem? It is not just the bread; it is all commercially made food that is 'ultra processed'. Sixty per cent of adults in the UK and USA are on medication for 'Metabolic Syndrome': diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease and neural degeneration (Alzheimer's, Parkinson etc.) There is agreement that the food we eat is the culprit, the chief ingredient on trial being sugar. At The Gift of Bread, we found that such a simple thing as baking your own bread could make a huge difference. But it needed to be real bread, the 'staff of life' bread. Hundreds and hundreds of our regular bread makers and eaters have improved their digestion and well being from this simple remedy. Many have got their waistline under control. Sufferers of IBS, FODMAP, and other special diets are happy.

The value of real food
We promote a real food, we help people be aware of real food, and it has a significant effect. We need to have a much greater impact. The programme to work with doctors surgeries needs to grow. This is where we want to put our emphasis. Yes, we have TV stations and radio stations interested in what we are doing, but we need to stir things up to get the train moving.

Helping others
Interestingly, all our bread makers are willing and self motivated to help themselves improve their food intake. They make the bread and tell others how good it is. This shows you care about these issues.

Your donation
You can help us extend our work to develop the surgery and other health services program. Your donation will help people become more involved with real food at a practical level and how that leads to solving so many other health problems. If you attended one of our classes, you probably came for this reason. Here is an opportunity to help the next person.

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Te difference between ‘real bread’ and modern ‘fake bread’ is profound. Hundreds of people have come through our classes. All of them state that they have really benefitted from eating it. People with health issues and those on special diets that often completely ban them from eating bread, all thrive on this bread.
We have had senior doctors, Heads of biology departments, all sorts of people with a deep interest in the problems associated with modern bread. They all turn to this bread with great enthusiasm.
Have we done anything special?
No, just gone back to bread as it was meant to be.