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International Bread Day: celebrating diversity

Today is International Bread Day! Whether crispy, chewy, with or without grains, large-pored, white or dark, soft or tough, made from wholemeal flour, braided, and so forth – bread comes in countless varieties. Because of bread's enormous cultural importance, the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIBC) has declared the 16th of October International Bread Day.

Whatever your favourite bread might be, today we should definitely take some time to think of those who make it for us day after day with a lot of hard work and dedication. Bread is a staple food that has been of great importance almost worldwide since the dawn of agriculture. It is considered to be one of the oldest prepared foods there is.

Incidentally, bread is a staple food in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and in cultures of European origin, and it is by far not only made from wheat, but also from rye, barley, oats, corn, rice and millet. And in many cultures around the world, there are traditional bread recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

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