A Love of Bread

baking bread

Within hours of arriving to my week's rental apartment in Paris last spring, I spotted a man pedaling a bike with a baguette in his basket. Every evening I would notice the locals walking home with at least one baguette in their arms. Then while traveling around Burgundy, I spotted a baguette vending machine.

Once I took my first bite of a French baguette, I completely understood the love affair. Why does bread get such a bad rap in America? Probably because diet culture tells us that bread is the very food you should fear. Let's not be afraid any longer and take note from the French.

Bread can be enjoyed every day. It is relatively cheap, can be made at home, and is versatile. 

  • Top toast with whipped ricotta and honey or avocado and an egg.
  • Soak up the last bits of soup with a slice of homemade bread.
  • Turn old bread into croutons for the ultimate salad topper. 
  • Tuck a few tomato slices into a last minute dinner of grilled cheese.
  • Pulverize stale bread into breadcrumbs.
  • Fry up French toast and freezing any leftovers.

You can find me running around my neighborhood on Sundays, delivering slices of fresh bread to my neighbors.  Vive la bread.


Molly Sleger, RD, LDN, CDE, is a dietitian at SwedishAmerican.