Bread: A Global History

By: William Rubel

What food is more essential and more universal than bread? Loaves have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and excavated from ovens in Pompeii. From sixteenth-century English peasants’ bread made with pea flour and rye, to the grain-wasting, pure white bread of the French court, from the artisanal crusty sourdough loaf to the doughy supermarket ‘sliced white’, there is a bread for every time and place in history. Bread is a journey of discovery that shows how the kind of bread you eat reveals who you are. It will inspire all bakers, as well as anyone who enjoys a simple slice.


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