Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Magic of Poilâne

Tomorrow is Bastille Day. To get in the spirit, watch this lovely and poignant video, "The Art of Baking Bread." It shows the late Lionel Poilâne of the legendary French bakery Poilâne being interviewed by award-winning cookbook author and food writer extraordinare Dorie Greenspan. Emmy award-winning producer David Turecamo made this piece in the summer of 2002 for CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

Sadly, in October 2002, not long after this video was shot, Lionel Poilâne and his wife Irena died in a helicopter crash. Their daughter Apollonia, a graduate of Harvard University, runs Poilâne today.

For the intrepid bakers in Princeton Landing, you can find the recipe for Lionel Poilâne's famous butter cookies, Punitions®, or Punishment Cookies, in Dorie's book Paris Sweets or on her blog.