Podcast: The Baker's Dozen

Dec 11, 2016

Why does a baker's dozen equal 13? There are multiple theories as to why, and how it came to be. Some say it started in the 13th century, when English King Henry III was annoyed by crooked bakers selling undersized loaves of bread, and created a regulation size.  

Others say the convention has more modern origins.

Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us once more to offer his take on the origin of the baker's dozen, emanating from the old Dutch colonial town of Beverwijck (a.k.a. Beverwyck, or as we know it, modern-day Albany). 

Imagine, if you will, the smell of fresh baked goods wafting out into the streets of 17th-century Albany on a fine December day...

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