Bread is the lifeblood of our moment. After decades of avoiding “empty carbs” and eating that terrible seeded stuff, Americans are again embracing the beautiful simplicity of dense, carb-y breads made with only a few ingredients. These gorgeous golden loaves are like the weighted blankets of food: heavy, warm, and comforting. Eat them with butter or jam, or grab a handful of the middle and roll it into a little doughball and pop that into your mouth.
The making and eating of bread are among the favored pastimes of those who have been sheltering in place for the past couple of months. The sourdough cult has probably expanded the most rapidly; its latest initiate is a housebound Jake Gyllenhaal, who shared his starter on late-night TV this week. I’m more inclined to eat bread than to bake it, but for those of you who are interested in that, might I point you to Cut writer Madeleine Aggeler’s simple bread recipe, which consists of: “flour, yeast, and some lite BDSM.”
And for those of you who are simply here to prostrate yourself at the altar of bread, you’re in luck. I give you ten hot pics of bread: