Zoom weddings, virtual pub quizzes, banana bread – if lockdown was a game of bingo, certain items seemed to be on every card back in spring. And no quarantine cliché was more prevalent than the sourdough starter.

For a while, it seemed every adult was feeding a fermenting jar of yeast in the corner of their kitchen, 2020’s equivalent of a Tamagotchi. But while our sudden conversion to carb obsession was surprising to some, for Pauline Beaumont, it made perfect sense.


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