Welcome to Bread Through History! Allow me to introduce myself. I am a passionate artisan bread baker and student of history who loves to combine these two hobbies. On this blog, I’ll be baking a different bread each week and writing about its place in history, from the flatbreads of Rome to the sourdough of the California gold miners. There will be plenty of pictures, and tutorials for anyone interested in baking bread at home.
Why should bread be studied from a historical perspective? Well, bread is probably the one food
which has been eaten by every culture throughout history. It’s sustained lives and civilizations over the course of millennia. As such, it is also the most important food of all time. It has been used as a rallying call in the French Revolution and an essential part of countless religious rituals. It’s the simplest food around, consisting of just three ingredients as its essence. It conjures images of hearth, home, and family, no matter your culture. It is the true universal comfort food.