The Rye Bread Marriage

 “The Rye Bread Marriage” is a memoir/culinary history about rye bread and a marriage that unites two very different people, both with roots in rye-bread-loving Eastern Europe. Rye bread is the subject of the book and it is a lens enabling author Michaele Weissman to look at her husband’s dramatic family story and her own. Her husband, John Melngailis, fled his native Latvia with his family as a child to escape Stalin’s takeover of his homeland. A retired professor of electrical engineering, he is the owner of Black Rooster Food, a tiny company marketing Latvian rye bread.

Both funny and wise, “The Rye Bread Marriage” explores deep and confounding subjects with a light touch. Read a chapter from “The Rye Bread Marriage” below.