Yu Kobayashi — 小林 悠 ̶

“I am not sure if it has any monetary value, since I just fill jars with plants I find in my garden or in the mountains and leave them to ferment. I use this sourdough starter in the bread that I sell, and this might sound strange, but I consider it as an employee or co-worker. I feed the dough with the starter, let it breathe, and then it works on its own to help ferment the bread. Therefore, I think the starter deserves some kind of ‘salary’, but since a monetary exchange

is difficult I sometimes pay it by feeding it with luxurious honey.”