The History of Bread as a Social Marker

White bread was once a marker for high social status. Now, crumbly brown artisan loaves distinguish the wealthy, and mass-produced, pre-sliced white bread distinguishes the working poor.

History of Bread as a Social Marker
Bread on our modern dinner tables tells a story about the past and present. It defines who we are and tells the story of our ancestors and our social status. Follow William Rubel as he explores the history and diversity of bread in, “Bread: A Global History.”