“One reason to bake bread is to fill up your kitchen with that aroma. Even if the bread turns out badly, the smell of it baking never fails to improve a house or a mood… freshly baked bread is the ultimate olfactory synecdoche for hominess. Which, when you think about it, is odd, since how many of us grew up in homes where bread was ever baked? Yet somehow that sense memory and its association with a happy domesticity endure.”
– Michael Pollan
Crumbs, written by Mumbai based food writer and baker Saee Koranne Khandekar, opens with the deeply profound words by Michael Pollan from his book Cooked. And if you pay attention to the smells that are most comforting, the smell of freshly baked bread or rotis being cooked on the flame will be one of them.