Bakers are known by the quality of the creations with which they fill their shops and the speed with which they release and replace their inventions. They traditionally cannot get the job done without being first to:
• Fall asleep while daylight still clarifies the evening hours;
• Get up while blackness still depresses the early night.
Baking professionally therefore demands:
• Access to costly resources;
• Knowledge of countless details;
• Stamina for long hours;
• Tolerance of isolating venues.
The responsibilities do not leave much free time even though they may entail much customer appreciation. Expanding clienteles and revenues generally encourage bakers to consider new hires to share increasingly demanding schedules. That is not what happens in “Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons.”