Hot Bread Kitchen churns out more than a line of outstanding baked items. The not-for-profit bakery provides job training for women from all over the world and gives them the skills to enter the restaurant industry (or launch their own food businesses). The multi-ethnic breads are inspired by the home countries of the bakers, and they are worth seeking out.My personal favorite is the Moroccan m'smen, a buttery, chewy, flaky flatbread that is great eaten out of hand the day it is made (that's a stack of them on the very right of the display case in the picture above). If you manage to get home without devouring them, try reheating in a dry cast-iron skillet, then topping with little honey, or (my favorite), butter and salt. I had one for breakfast with dollops of ricotta and some sliced avocado. Yum! They also make a great multi-grain loaf, rustic granola, beautiful challah and fresh blue- and yellow-corn tortillas.
Currently, the breads are sold in a handful of retailers in the New York tri-state area, at greenmarkets, and through a CSA. You can watch a Today Show clip about the bakery here.