I created The Perfect Loaf in 2013 to share my passion and lessons learned when baking sourdough from home. I grew up in an Italian household, and our lives revolved around good food made by hand. Whether it was the pizza and pasta my dad cooked at his restaurant or the gnocchi and risotto my mom and grandmother prepared at home, I was imbued with an appreciation for homemade food that takes time to prepare—slow food. Long trips to visit relatives in Italy were filled with family meals around the wood-fired oven, mornings wandering the cobblestone streets in search of fresh bread, and focaccia topped with ripe tomatoes packed for a long day at the beach.
I developed this sense of value in preparing good food that doesn't have to be complicated or exquisite, but I don't think there are any shortcuts. Sourdough bread is that very definition: it tastes exceptional when the baker takes their time to prepare it and lets the yeasts and bacteria work with the flour and water to create something transcendent.
Here at The Perfect Loaf, I marry my analytical side and entrenched value for good food to share my journey in baking bread with my sourdough starter.
I created The Perfect Loaf to help you become a better baker. It's continuously evolving because I'm constantly evolving, as is every baker in the kitchen. As I always say, if I'm not baking sourdough, I'm probably thinking about it—always searching for the perfect loaf.
The team here at The Perfect Loaf is a collection of bakers, authors, and photographers with decades of experience in sourdough bread, pastry, and more.
The Perfect Loaf is the leading independent sourdough baking website and was launched in 2013 by home baker Maurizio Leo.
The Perfect Loaf is a two-time Saveur Magazine Blog Award winner, winning both Editors' and Readers' Choice Awards in 2016, and a Readers' Choice Award in 2018. In 2019, The Perfect Loaf was nominated for a Webby Award.
In 2022, Maurizio's cookbook, The Perfect Loaf: The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More, made the New York Times' bestseller list.
The Perfect Loaf has been featured by Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appétit, Bake From Scratch Magazine, Pastry Arts Magazine, The Kitchn, LCBO Food & Drink Magazine, Craftsmanship Quarterly, Hypebae, and The Manual.
Maurizio and The Perfect Loaf have been interviewed on Taste, Food52's Hotline Offline and Play Me a Recipe, The Sourdough Podcast, The Kitchen Counter, Slow Food Portland, So This Is My Why, Bread For the People, Creative License, Food Blogger Pro, Creator Science, Rise Up!, and featured as a creator at ConvertKit.