Jim Serpico: Bread For The People - Sourdough, Pizza & Life

Jim Serpico: Bread For The People - Sourdough, Pizza & Life

By day, Jim is a successful TV and Film producer. He recently executive-produced FX's Hysterical, now streaming on Hulu. By night, Jim runs Side Hustle Bread, Long Island's biggest residential bread delivery company, with the help of his wife and their 3 kids. Bread For The People was born out of the marriage of Jim's two greatest passions; bread and content creation. Episodes cover everything from film and television, to the food industry, to business growth and development.

Episodes

May 20, 2024 54 mins
In this episode of Bread For the People, host Jim Serpico speaks with Erik Fabian, the Co-Founder of Sourhouse. a company that helps people bake more sourdough bread by creating thoughtfully designed baking tools and inviting people to bake more often. Erik discusses developing a product to help home bakers improve the bulk-proofing stage of bread making. He explains the challenges many home bakers face in achieving the correct bul...
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On this episode of Bread For the People, host Jim Serpico takes a break from his usual interview format and shares a personal reflection on the end of the Screen Actors Guild strike. As a successful television producer who has worked on hit shows such as Rescue Me and Maron, Jim offers unique insight into the physical and mental demands of both the entertainment and bread-making industries. He shares details about his career journe...
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Be captivated by the heartfelt journey of bread maker and founder of Prairie Sky Breads Travis Gerjets, in this week's episode of the Bread For the People Podcast. Join host Jim Serpico as he delves into Travis's inspiring story of how a unique soup kitchen experience in Liverpool sparked a passion for baking bread like his beloved grandmother. Travis's desire to preserve family recipes and spend valuable time with his grandmother ...
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Join host Jim Serpico as he unleashes his passion for all things bread in this delectable episode of Bread For the People. Get ready to be captivated by the story of Sandy Smith, the co-founder of Sandi's Breads based in Palmyra, PA.

Sandy, along with her talented husband Tom, creates magic in their bakery, crafting European artisan breads and pastries that will make your taste buds dance. Prepare to be inspired as you learn about S...
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Join Jim Serpico on a journey of self-reflection, laughter, and enlightenment as he sits down with the one and only Kelly Carlin. They'll explore the meaning of life (no, really), discuss ego and meditation, dive into the challenges of growing up in the shadow of one of the greatest comedians of all time - George Carlin, and even dish on getting laughs (because isn't that the point of life anyway?).

But wait, there's more! They'll a...
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Jim Serpico speaks with Rebecca Firkser, a Brooklyn-based writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. They talk about developing recipes for cookbooks and websites, being on set for a food photography shoot, Taylor Ham, the world of food media, and the job of a recipe tester.

Follow Jim Serpico on Instagram at @jimserpico and @sidehustlebread. Follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccafirkser and at www.rebeccafirkser.com.
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Before Jim interviews Jeanette Candido, the founder of The Granola Plant, he gives you a status update on his mobile food trailer.

Jim spoke with Jeanette, an artisan granola producer and distributor known for her Gluten-free, oil-free, and processed sugar-free products about selling at various Farmer's Markets around Long Island, New York. Jeanette is someone Jim trusts to share resources and experiences. If you dream of becoming a...
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Auntie Anne's: Beyond Pretzels - A Delicious Story of Family, Community, and SuccessJoin me, Jim Serpico, on Bread For the People as I sit down with the legendary Auntie Anne's Pretzel founder, Anne Beiler, for an intimate and heartwarming interview.

In this episode, we dive deep into Anne's fascinating journey from being a humble farmers market vendor, just like me, to revolutionizing the pretzel industry with her iconic Auntie An...
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Join host Jim Serpico as he welcomes an infamous Mafioso introduced only as “Tony.” Tony is a successful entrepreneur and restaurateur who credits his own success due to his unique “management” style.. Jim expresses his surprise to be talking to Tony, stating that he had no idea the guest was still around. They have a casual conversation about Tony's whereabouts and what he's been up to in recent years. Tony reveals that he's been ...
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Jim Serpico speaks with Patrick Duffy about playing Bobby Ewing on the hit series Dallas, baking sourdough, and the origin of Duffy's Dough, a company specializing in dehydrated sourdough starter which he co-founded with his wife Linda, his 100-year-old starter from Alaska, blowing out his vocal cords, Buddhism, and more.

To learn more about Duffy's Dough, visit Duffy's Dough.

Follow Jim Serpico on Instagram at @jimserpico and @sideh...
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Jim Serpico speaks with Tom Cucuzza about sourdough, acid, PH, sourdough starter, temperature, a new rock band of Sourdough Bakers called Protease Enzymes, cold fermentation, rye flour, chasing sour, high protein flour, open crumb, Tartine style, sourdough for busy people, food trucks, focaccia, Italian flatbread sandwiches, baguettes, sourdough baking book reviews, Gozney Dome pizza oven, optimal temperature, chlorine, selling bre...
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In this episode of "Bread For the People," host Jim Serpico sits down with Auggie Russo, the renowned small batch, handmade pizza maker behind Augie's Infamous. With his Neapolitan-ish style pizzas and two portable pizza ovens, Auggie has gained a dedicated following.

Auggie's love for baking extends beyond creating delicious pizzas. He thrives on the experience of serving his creations to a group of people gathered for a special ev...
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In this episode of "Bread For the People," host Jim Serpico sits down with the multi-talented Olivia Thai, renowned for her incredible musical abilities displayed on American Idol and her exceptional journey as an entrepreneur. However, beneath her well-known accomplishments lies Olivia's deep ardor for baking and the transformative power she discovers in the art of sourdough.

Throughout the enlightening conversation, Olivia candidl...
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Join host Jim Serpico in this captivating episode as he sits down with the incredible Eamonn Murphy, famously known as @themayorofpizza on Instagram. Eamonn shares his extraordinary story of being a semi-pro pizza maker, music aficionado, and triumphant cancer survivor.

Prepare to dive deep into their conversation, where Jim and Eamonn explore the fascinating realms of music and their shared love for the iconic Grateful Dead. They a...
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In this episode, Jim Serpico speaks with Daniele Brenci, known as @_BreadCrumb on social media, about his culinary journey from growing up in Rome, working at a traditional Roman cuisine restaurant at 16, to becoming a private chef for celebrities in Malibu. Daniele also shares how he started his bread-making project, Breadcrumb, inspired by a gifted sourdough starter. Discover how Daniele's past and professional experiences influe...
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In this episode, Anthony Mongiello, the Founder of Formaggio Cheese, reflects on his accidental invention of stuffed crust pizza. He shares how his background in the cheese industry led him to explore pizza-making and how a fortuitous encounter with more petite dough balls sparked the idea for stuffed crust pizza. Anthony recounts a humorous moment when the crust expanded during cooking, creating a calzone-like appearance. Anthony ...
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In this podcast episode of Bread For the People, Emily Hyland and Matthew Hyland discuss the journey behind the success of Emmy’s Squared, a pizzeria with 18 locations throughout the United States. Matthew, who originally had no experience in baked goods, learned how to make pizza from a traditional Neapolitan pizza place. Despite having no prior experience, Matthew fell in love with making and eating pizza and decided to pursue a ...
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Join Jim Serpico as he talks to Sam Silverman, a self-proclaimed expert on bagels. Sam's obsession with bagels started at a young age, and it only grew stronger after he moved to New York City and had his first taste of an authentic New York bagel. The experience was a revelation for Sam, who had previously only known bagels from chain stores like Einstein's and Dunkin Donuts. He realized he had been missing out on the real deal al...
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July 17, 2023 38 mins
Join host Jim Serpico as he interviews Becca Wong, a classically trained pianist who dared herself to start a cottage bakery. In this episode, Becca shares her experience with bread-making and how it allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and embrace new opportunities. Jim also observes the similarities between creative careers like music and bread-making. As a former music student, he has talked to many bread-makers who are p...
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Amy Emberling is a managing partner of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you’ve ever passed through Ann Arbor, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the legendary company. Amy was one of the original staff bakers when Zingerman’s opened in 1992. She soon became the bread bakery's first manager and then the pastry kitchen manager. In 2000, she became a partner.

This episode is sponsored by Farmer Ground Flour. Visit the...
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