I'm a loyal Chowhound lurker who's writing an article for Gastronomica magazine (see Gastronomica.org if you're curious) on sourdough starter/culture and the communities that spring up around it the people who share starter in their neighborhoods or mail it to strangers who send self-addressed Ziplocs, who engage in delightfully chemically arcane tips and techniques on the web, etc. (See, for example, these fine folks: http://home.att.net/~carlsfriends/ .)
(Here's my posting re same on the General Topics board: [BROKEN LINK REMOVED] .)
While I'm at it, I thought I'd do double duty and research a possible article with a local spin for, e.g., the Times food section on sourdough culture/communities here in the city. I mean, here's this thing you feed and care for ... honestly, it's the only pet anyone should really have in Manhattan.
So, with the permission of the Big Dog, I'm posting here to ask:
> Do any of you NYC folk do the sourdough thing?
> Did you get your starter (as I did) from someone else in the city? Has your starter, in turn, procreated around town?
> Do you know of any sourdough clubs, klatsches, support groups, around town?
Feel free to post right back here if it's interesting to others, or to email me directly if you'd prefer me to call you or something ... whatever's comfortable and appropriate. Anything posted here will be duly credited to you and to chowhound.com.
Thank you so much!