Good food stick around in the brains sometimes for a lifetime once you eat it. The decadent treats like sweet rolls, decadent bread, perfectly sugary cookies, etc, often leave a wallop in the memory bank, taking diners back to a happy time in life, often with people they love as the stars of the show. Marcy Brenner feels about her father Max Brenner’s longtime shop, Brenner’s Bakery, in a similar way. Brenner’s Bakery kept a residence at the Belle View Shopping Center for the better part of 50 years.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Now, Brenner is allowing people from all walks of life – longtime customers, native Alexandrians, or just those interested in baked goods – to participate in Brenner’s Bakery history in a whole new way with her book, “A Baker’s Daughter: Recipes and Memories From a Family Bakery.” Brenner, a native of Alexandria, grew up in her father’s bakery – and enjoyed the perks of ownership. And the baking gene extended generations before Max Brenner. Indeed, his father Louis opened a bakery upon immigrating to the United States in the early 1900s with his wife, Sadie.”
Brenner said, “What’s really resonating is the narrative of the nostalgic sepia tone of memories of people’s childhoods, of the birthday cake with the bluebirds on it … the ladies in front who wore the white uniforms”. And what also is resonating, Brenner said, is her very own father, Max, and the culinary legacy he has left behind. “I get to share him with all these people,” she said. “He’s a special loving guy – and I’m not just saying that because I’m his daughter.”
As per Alexandria Gazette, “Through the book, which is structured around key people in Brenner’s life (and bakery), readers and bakers alike can enjoy the historical walk-through of a historic Alexandria landmark while also testing out the bakery’s recipes to make at home. It’s that confluence of memories – both culinary and cultural – that have sparked the most attention.”