About The Perfect Loaf

Ciao! Welcome to The Perfect Loaf, a website dedicated to baking sourdough bread at home.​

I'm Maurizio, an author and software engineer-turned-baker who's baked sourdough bread for over ten years in Albuquerque, NM.

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.

He strives for perfection, for the perfect loaf, secretly hoping never to attain it — for where would he go from there?

Jeffrey Hamelman

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.

Where Should I Start?

If you don't have a sourdough starter, begin there! It'll take about a week, but the steps are easy, and at the end, you'll have a bubbling starter ready to make bread.

Then, read through the New Baker, Start Here guide, which takes you through each step of the baking process.

Our Team

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.

Maurizio Leo

Maurizio Leo

Maurizio Leo is the creator of The Perfect Loaf, a home baker, and the New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Loaf: The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More. He holds a master's degree in computer science and is a co-creator of the SkyView app. Maurizio has spent the past decade baking sourdough bread in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, two sons, and German Shepherd Arya.

Eric Pallant

Eric Pallant

Eric Pallant is the author of Sourdough Culture: The History of Bread Making from Ancient to Modern Bakers. He is a serious amateur baker, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, a double award-winning professor, and the Christine Scott Nelson Endowed Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Allegheny College. He's contributed stories to NPR, CNN, Foreign Policy, the Gresham Lecture Series, London, bread symposia, podcasts, and articles for magazines such as Gastronomica, Sierra, and Science.

Jennifer Latham

Jennifer Latham

Jennifer Latham is the author of ‘Baking Bread with Kids’ from Ten Speed Press and co-author of Bread Book with Chad Robertson. She is the former Director of Bread for Tartine Bakery. She studied philosophy and journalism at UC Santa Cruz before following her love of dough into professional kitchens. She lives, climbs, surfs and hikes in Northern California.


Maurizio is a regular contributor to the King Arthur Baking blog and was the Resident Bread Baker at Food52. Maurizio has written articles on bread baking for Edible Magazine, the Bread Baker's Guild of America, and Bread Magazine.

History and Awards

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.

2019 Webby Award Nominee
2018 Saveur Blog Award Winner
2016 Saveur Blog Award

The Perfect Loaf Cookbook

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 cookbook is a 2023 James Beard Award nominee.

Press & Interviews

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.

Google spent a week baking with Maurizio in his home kitchen for their IMakeApps feature, which highlighted app developers and their passions away from the computer.


2% of all TPL Memberships are donated to support carbon removal from the atmosphere through Stripe Climate. The way I see it, without a stable climate, there is no grain to make bread.

See how TPL members are helping →


If you're looking for realtime chat, I'm almost always on The Perfect Loaf's Discord, where you can post questions, comments, and photos. The Discord channel is available to yearly supporters. Or, there's always email, too.

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