Jim Lahey thought he was going to be a sculptor. After noticing he couldn't find bread in New York like the beautiful, crusty loaves he ate in Italy while traveling there as an art student, he took it upon himself to recreate those loaves. In 1994, with the help of Joe Allen, Lahey opened Sullivan Street Bakery and eventually began producing bread for many of the city's best restaurants. In 2006, The New York Times published Lahey's No-Knead Bread method, allowing home bakers to make bakery-quality loaves right from their ovens. The recipe remains one of the newspaper's most popular recipes, and has changed the way people bake all around the world.
Following the success of that recipe, Lahey authored My Bread, opened up a pizzeria Co., and a café in Chelsea. My Pizza followed soon after, allowing readers to try their hand at pizza dough and beautifully simple toppings.
Connect with Jim online @jimlaheyssb.