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Welcome to The Thoughtful Bread Company.

At The Thoughtful Bread Company we believe that it’s not just our bread that will put a smile on your face; it’s the people, the ethics and the environmentally-friendly approach to business that we adhere to at all times every single day.

TV & Publishing

Duncan Glendinning and The Thoughtful Bread Company have featured in a few tv programmes since it’s inception:

James_Strawbridge“It’s not easy being Green” (BBC 2)

Duncan enlists the help of James Strawbridge to build a clay oven in his back garden before baking in it.

Follow-up video shows the beginnings of The Thoughtful Bread Company taking shape at a weekly farmers’ market.

(Video: Part 1 here: Part 2 here:

Big Bread Experiment (BBC2, Keo Films)

Duncan and Patrick are enlisted to mentor a group of women (formerly a biblegroup!!) who are looking to set up a community supported bakery and the documentary follows their 18month journey.

Read a write up from the production company here:


Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day, (BBC1, 2012)

Nigel visits us at our bread shop and then invites himself round to cook us lunch as a thank you. Bread, Chorizo, ultimate sandwich. Awesome.

Click here for a clip of the programme
Click here for another clip of the programme



BR_cover_book_Image_NewBread Revolution is the first book proudly authored by Duncan Glendinning and Patrick Ryan of award-winning eco-artisan bakery The Thoughtful Bread Company.

OUT NOW (published by Murdoch Books), and available in all good book shops, including:

waterstones Click here to buy


amazon Click here to buy


About Bread Revolution

There’s a flavour-filled alternative to boring, plastic-wrapped, mass-produced loaves – it’s Real Bread, made with simple, good-quality ingredients. Duncan and Patrick of The Thoughtful Bread Company want to start a revolution in how we think about bread, and show how easy and cheap it can be to make at home.

You don’t need to be a master baker to serve up fantastic loaves – just follow their friendly, expert guidance.

  • More than 60 fabulous recipes, from cider & apple bread to cinnamon swirls, potato & rosemary loaves to crusty sourdough.
  • Step-by-step guide to making wonderful bread and fitting it into a busy schedule.
  • Great meals you can create around your bread, for friends and family.
  • Thrifty recession-busting tips and recipes.

About the Authors

Duncan Glendinning and Patrick Ryan met in Fiji, on the Tribewanted sustainable tourism project. A trained chef who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurants, Patrick brings his expertise and passion to The Thoughtful Bread Company, developing its prize-winning recipes. Duncan, the company’s founder, was determined to set up an ethical, environmentally aware business, and realised the potential of bread to reach and inspire a wide range of people.

Duncan has been named a Food Hero in the Good Housekeeping Food Awards and he and Patrick were shortlisted for the BCE Environmental Leadership Awards for their green approach and use of organic, local and foraged ingredients.

What our friends say:

a book brimming with infectious enthusiasm that will absolutely get you in the kitchen making your own real bread”
Edd Kimber (Winner of first series of Great British Bake Off)

fun & great recipes ..and Lots of pictures which is rare these days …well done ..should do very well as you know the world is gone baking Mad”
Eric Lanlard (Star of Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard, Channel 4 and

This is a beautiful book with gorgeous photography – but it hasn’t sacrificed style over substance. The recipes look delicious, there’s a huge amount of really useful tips and practical advice for both the novice and the experienced baker.
James and Dick Strawbridge (Stars of ITV1′s “Hungry Saiilors”, authors of accompanying books and “Made at Home” book series)

If you’re looking for a well constructed, easy to follow bread recipes Bread Revolution is the book for you. It is imaginatively produced with great photographs and the chefs passion shines throughout. I highly recommend it.
Kevin Thornton (Michelin-starred Chef Proprietor of Thornton’s Restaurant, Dublin)

Their book ‘Bread Revolution, Rise Up and Bake’ is fun and engaging and just shows how simple and delicious making your own bread can be! I love their reference to being an Eco-Artisan Bakery – Artisan in an Eco friendly way.
Michael Caines MBE (Head Chef, Gidleigh Park & Bath Priory)

Duncan and Patrick have clearly fallen deeply in love with the loaf. And in this joyful volume, their passion and enthusiasm for bread in all it’s forms shines out on every page. I know from personal experience that bread-making can be a bit of a blind spot for even the keenest home cook. But there’s so much to be gained by putting your fears on one side and simply having a go. You’ll find there’s no mysterious alchemy. Just put your trust in good ingredients and Duncan and Patrick’s sound techniques, and it’ll all come good.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage)


What the Critics have been saying:

“There are all sorts of wonderful recipes (don’t miss the Cider and Apple Bread), and great step-by-step guides to mixing, kneading, shaping, etc, plus loads of interesting stuff about ingredients. [...]

What a wonderful book”

By English Mum. Read the full review here >

“This book is packed full of clear advice, cheerfully set down on how to be, if not a Master Baker, at least a successful one with a fine crust to your name.[...]

With so many ideas for breads and meals, as well as some pretty tasty photography too, The Bread Revolution will have you waving a flag at the barricades and driving back the oppressive hordes of sliced white breadism and their running dog lackeys, the subwaybunists. Power to the people, right on.”

By Nick Harman, Foodepedia. Read the full review here >

Exclusive Video

Duncan and Patrick couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity to shoot a short video to tell you what the book is all about. It was one hell of a day, we hope you’ll enjoy it!