Brod & Taylor was founded on a passion for making wholesome food from scratch. Our products and recipes aim to transform this often challenging process into a simple pleasure. We strive to create products that blend innovative design with simplicity and affordability. We live and work in beautiful Williamstown, Massachusetts – the heart of the Berkshire mountains, home to Williams College and the Clark Art Institute.

Our Berkshire community has a vibrant and thriving local food economy. We are proud to support local agriculture and food production through our membership in Berkshire Grown, a non-profit that creates a vital link between local farmers and the community. Many of our team are longtime members of Caretaker Farm, a local nationally recognized CSA farm (community supported agriculture). Much of the food that graces our website and dining tables was grown at Caretaker.



What began as a novel gift from Brod & Taylor’s founder, Michael Taylor, to his elderly mother-in-law in South Dakota was followed by requests from other bakers who wanted a home proofer for their breads. Michael began his quest to develop a product that would allow home bakers and cooks the benefits of an appliance that historically was very large, expensive and oriented for high-volume commercial baking operations. Additionally, he focused on creating a proofer that would fold for easy storage. Many months of testing materials, heating systems and control electronics combined with constant design decisions resulted in the first Folding Proofer prototype in 2010. The company’s state-of-the-art Folding Proofer was soon introduced for sale in the United States and Canada.

Michael is a strategic thinker and hands-on engineer, conceptual designer and detailed craftsman. His diverse career spans 30-plus years as a research scientist, mechanical engineer, writer, marketing professional, carpenter, furniture builder, machinist and professional videographer. His diverse projects range from high-energy laser development to semiconductor manufacturing to kitchen appliance design. His current interest is consumer product development.