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.



Griddle Breads
Griddle breads prepared by the Historical Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley at James Polk House, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2003.
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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.” 
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Still-Life with Chessboard
Lubin Baugin, "Still-Life with Chessboard," 1630
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Blini
Jadaviga, a country woman making blini, near Labanoros, Lithuania, 1992.
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Pane Carasau
Sardinian "pane carasau," a traditional flatbread 
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Crepes
Roma woman with platter of crepes for her family in Deva, Romania, 2004.
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Rye Bread Stamp
Rye bread stamped with a pattern.
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Pain Bouilli
"Pain Bouilli" (boiled bread), Villar d'Arène, France, 2007
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