The best bakery in all of North America?

Despite it being 4,773 kilometers away, it seems I can't go a week without hearing something about the San Francisco bakery Tartine. The New York Times "Minimalist" foodie Mark Bittman called it his favourite bakery in the United States. The Selby, in collaboration with T Magazine, recently snapped up the place. And the Montreal foodie bloggers at endless banquet are raving about the bakery's new bread cookbook. Tartine is a bakery in the Mission District of San Francisco. It was opened in 2002 by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, who were nominated for the James Beard best pastry chefs in America award for their work at Tartine in 2006 and 2007, finally winning in 2008. Everything at Tartine is supposed to be out of this world. Until teleportation is a possibility, the 4,773 kilometers makes all this hype a tease. Luckily, we've got that rave-worthy cookbook, Tartine Bread, in store to tide us over. The cookbook is thorough and gorgeous. Here's a look:

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