acme bread [Moved from San Francisco Board]
I believe "batard" just refers to a shape shorter and squatter than a baguette. Itaqlians and French both make sourdough breads, but apparently with different sourdough starter cultures. This site hase what amounts to a mini-tutorial on sourdough starters:
re: Xiao Yang
Batard translates to bastard in French. I believe a batard was originally a renegade or malformed baguette, i.e., the French folk usage. I think now it just means the shape/size. All the batards I see locally are about the same size and shape. Never thought about the Italian batard...although I do like the Acme version very much..great stuff.