Les sept vies du pain / The 7 Lives of Bread: All the Bread in the World (English version)

Published by Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Permalink 0

by Jean-Philippe de Tonnac

translated and adapted by Jonell Galloway

Click here for French version

All the Bread in the World

Good news: You don’t have to be French to love bread. Indians, Iraqis, Israelis, Egyptians, Peruvians, Greeks, and Germans are also fond of it. The truth is all peoples dwelling on this earth are “bread eaters”, if you accept the formula Homer used in the Odyssey. For Homer, the art of bread-making was the criterion for distinguishing those who were civilized from the others, the savage barbarians. But the Greek bard probably didn’t even know that the American Indians existed. The Indians did not sit around waiting for the arrival of the “civilized” to understand the value of arepa, cassava, tortilla and hallaca.

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