Alison Pray opened Standard Baking Co. in 1995 with her husband, Matt James. Charmed by the neighborhood boulangeries and open-air markets of France, the two were inspired to bake their own artisanal breads and pastries, and recreate that same sense of community in Portland. Standard Baking Co. has been recognized in Bon Appetit, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Travel & Leisure, and featured on National Public Radio.
Tara Smith is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, she served as a teaching assistant at the schools award winning Apple Pie Cafe. She now is head pastry chef at Standard Baking Co.
Illustrator: Photographer Sean Alonzo Harris works as a fine art, commercial, and editorial photographer based in Portland. He has been published in many magazines, including The Paris Review and Boston Magazine. He is a faculty member at the Maine Media Workshops.
The famous Maine bakery reveals some its secret recipes, including Mediterranean lemon cake, almond macaroons, and cheddar sesame shortbread.