Marie Lester

I bake bread. All sorts of bread both sourdough and yeasted. I began my bread-making career rather unusually with a book. I was asked to contribute recipes to a book on Victorian and Edwardian bread boards, entitled ‘Vintage Breadboards’ (Prospect Books, 2019). My recipes included a a range of breads including a traditional cottage loaf, Cornish saffron bread and a cubed fondue bread which I had seen on my travels in the mountains near Zurich. I also teach people how to make bread, normally in small customised classes. I have developed numerous recipes and step-by-step guides eg a spelt sourdough commissioned by Roger Saul for Sharpham Park with accompanying ‘how to’ films: And excitingly, I have just been engaged to contribute articles and recipes to the German bread magazine, 'Brot'. Examples of my work can be seen on my website and Instagram account: @marielesterbaker At the moment I self-publish.

Special subjects

Sourdough starters Sourdough bread Enriched breads Website:

Languages spoken

French, German, Classical Greek

Regular work

I am a bread recipe developer and baking tutor.

Advisory boards / Awards

UCL Dean’s Award

Commercial interests

Developing recipes and self-publishing step-by-step guides (both print and digital) for people who wish to make bread. Contributing articles and recipes to the German bread magazine 'Brot'. Teaching bread-making in small customised classes.

Marie Lester