Bread, like wine and cheese is special because they depend upon living organisms to convert them from their base ingredients to their final product. Bread, to many, means a meal. Eating without including bread is incomplete.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask the Father to give us our daily bread, referring both to physical and spiritual feeding.
I love bread, but since I have to watch my overall carbohydrate consumption, I have to pick and choose carefully.
I bought some sourdough starter in San Francisco back in the 1980’s and have kept it going ever since. When I bake bread, while I use white flour for the “sponge” – the starter – the rest is whole wheat with extra fiber added. I want to enjoy my bread without guilt. On the other hand, I offer no apology for the fresh butter.
Today’s bread tends to be somewhat unsatisfying. It’s the same enriched, preservative filled white stuff that we loved as kids (except, of course, the crust). It generally is inoffensive with unremarkable bland texture and taste.
My daughter recently did the old science project of growing mold on bread. It took 2 weeks for the mold to grow.