Archive for the ‘Bread’ Category.

Bread and Radio Frequency Use at East Bay Maker Faire

I’ll be presenting my 30 minute bread talk at East Bay Maker Faire, Hurray!

They asked:

If your exhibit uses radio frequencies, please elaborate here about what frequency your exhibit uses.

My answer:

I’ll be using 400 terahertz thru 789 terahertz on stage.

I’m such a comedian.

Great Bread Class Testimonials

I’m teaching another bread class, Saturday October 1st 10am-1pm in the Mission. Join us!

Liz Toole wrote to me a few weeks ago about the bread class I taught. What a great letter!

Hi Lee,

my boyfriend Alex and I came to your Real Bread in 10 Minutes class at the Institute of Urban Homesteading a couple of months ago. Actually, it was at Ruby’s house and I think you said it was the first class you’d ever taught for them? Anyway, we had a blast, fell in love with breadmaking, and we haven’t bought a loaf of bread from ANY store ANY where since then. We also got ourselves down to Smart & Final and bought a sack of flour and a packet of yeast, but to be honest we haven’t even got through the bag you gave us to take away from the class yet.

We also saw you in the SF Chronicle just a couple of days later, commenting on your recollections of swinging (in the innocent “child of the 70s” parks and carousels sense of the word, not in the much grubbier, modern-urban usage…) It made us laugh. “Look! That’s our bread teacher, THERE, in the paper!”

Anyway, all this nonsense aside, I have a serious question for you: what was the name of the best-recommended bread book that you passed around? Was it Artisanal Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Herzberg and Francois? Or something completely different?!

I am asking because, subsequent to our breadmaking class, Alex and I got engaged and we’re in full wedding planning / gift list making mode. That’s not to say that your breadmaking class was a direct influence on Alex’s decision to propose, but who knows? Perhaps elbow deep in flour he saw me in a whole new light…

Thanks for a great class. All the best,


Wow! How great was that. Oh and I answered her question, yes the book is Artisian Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

We chatted a bit and subsequently wrote

Hi Lee!

You made the whole process so simple and enjoyable. We loved your approach of “just go for it, what’s the worst that can happen?” and your assurances that it will, always, turn out well. It always does! Thanks for passing on your confidence and enthusiasm

Thanks again!


Photos from the WhatWillYouLearn Bread event

Hurray for Bread!

Scoring the tops before they go in... for style points!

All the students' bread coming out of the oven!

Tasty success!

Real Bread in 10 Minutes in June!

After the wildly successful bread classes at IUH, Maker Faire, and WhatWillYouLearn, I’m having another bread baking workshop. Sign up and put on your calendar!

Real Bread in 10 Minutes, Saturday June 25th 2011 10am-1pm
Learn how to make fantastic home made bread that is easier, less expensive, faster and better than going to the store!

Sign up by sending me an email at “Lee at Lee dat org” or sign up on

Update: I’ve added a second date to the class, for weekday people!
Real Bread in 10 Minutes, Tuesday June 28th 2011 7pm-10pm

Real Bread in 10 Minutes on

About the Class
Making bread is easier, faster and more flexible than you thought. You can make fantastic bread every day inexpensively with less than 10 minutes effort, including cleanup! In this class, you’ll learn techniques to minimize the ordinary and maximize the extraordinary parts of making all kinds of bread at home. We’ll talk about things like: instant yeast vs sourdough, refrigerated dough, crust, crumb, shaping, amendments, the chemistry and biology of bread, and the thousands of varieties of this staple food. Once you have the foundations, you’ll see bread recipes as suggestions instead of steps to be followed. The sky is the limit! While our bread bakes, we’ll make our own specialty butter! You will eat and bring home what we make in class.

Lee Sonko
San Francisco, CA
Lee Sonko is an entrepreneur, educator, machine artist, organizer, hacker, geek and baker. Those attributes often team up in his life to help explore the world. He is a founding member of SWARM, a San Francisco based mechatronic art robot group. He is also a member of the Flaming Lotus Girls and is the Head of the Kinetics and Electronics Department at The Crucible in Oakland. Lee’s love affair with good bread goes back as long as he can remember. Making and eating bread is his daily reminder of the simplicity and purity of the experience of creation.

Keeping Bread Real, in Just 10 Minutes!

Another successful Real Bread class. There are 4 more people in the world ready to go out and make some friggin bread!

And darn it, the home made specialty butters came out terrific! Cinnamon butter is surprisingly awesome.

This class came by way of which is gearing up to be something supremely cool.

My class sat between “Sequence Your Own DNA” and “Introduction to PCB Layout” on the calendar, which is pretty rad!

It's neat seeing "Lee's Kitchen" on the calendar next to all those other great spaces

Real Bread in 10 Minutes – Makerfaire Followup

The classes at Maker Faire went splendidly. The 30 minute format required me to tighten everything up dramatically to get the message across. The students didn’t get all the info I wanted to give them but they certainly got the spirit, and some laughs! Afterward, I received email comments like this:

I was lucky enough to catch your talk at the Maker Faire this afternoon… I really enjoyed your “organic” way of approaching baking… Your teaching style was also excellent, a little humor goes a long way in education.

– James Peters

Thanks for teaching us how to make bread at makersfaire! It came out delicious the first time and we shared it with our neighbors. It was a fun way to bring the whole apartment building together!
Sarah and Evan