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          Bread is a staple food that almost all other countries have in common. It is the base of many american cuisines because of its health factors, price, and taste. One of the most important reasons why bread is such a useful element in human culture is because it is extremely easy to make. It requires hardly any ingredients and preparation. The basic ingredients include: flour, salt, and water, which are cheap, and easily found in any grocery store. Bread can take on many forms according to its surroundings and environment, which is also why it is so popular today. Bread can be manipulated depending on the available resources used to make it. It can be served in a variety of forms depending on the culture. For example, the French baguette is a commonly found snack at cafes in France, and is also popular among Americans.


Here is a picture of a French Baguette.  When fresh out of the oven it has a warm welcoming taste.  The outside of the baguette is a crispy, flavorful, and toasted shell.  The inside is warm and soft.

         When you think about it, bread is used in many practices that bring people together or reunite, such as Communion.  Communion brings Christian people together. When you think about it, bread is used in many practices that bring people together or reunite, such as Communion.  Communion is when Christian people gather in a church to go in front of the minister or priest to accept the body and blood of Christ.  This brings people together proving that bread plays an important role in social exchanges.

 Here is a picture of bread and wine (bread- the body of christ, wine- the blood of christ),r:8,s:0&tx=130&ty=80&biw=1350&bih=690


           Have you ever been to a fancy Italian restaurant?  Usually the first food they place on the table is a basket of bread with little containers of butter.  Bread is the intro of what ever meal you order.,r:13,s:71&tx=82&ty=141&biw=1350&bih=690

          One food that is similar to bread in that many cultures use it in their cuisuine is rice.  Spanish people use rice in burritos and many other main meals.  We use rice or noodles almost as much as we use bread.  Both foods are universal and can be changed in multiple ways.  Rice is sometimes served before the meal in restaurants.  For example,  in Chinese restaurants, if you order white or brown rice they may bring out a seperate bowl right before they serve you your main meal.  Much like bread; when there is no sauce, spice, or flavoring added to the rice it taste very blande, and is not very filling.

          Bread can be prepared in many different ways.  Bread can be steamed, baked, charred, and many other ways of cooking.  The way you cook the bread will depend on the flavor and texture.  As we discovered in class;Bread is delicious no matter how it is cooked and changed, in that every culture has their own opinions and style of cooking.






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As we found out on Friday, bread is a very important part of many cultures.  I think this is because bread is easy to make, easy to store, and easy to add flavors to.  Bread is very easy to make because all you need to do is mix a couple ingredients together, let is sit, then cook it.  This means that anyone can make it, and it can be made in a larger volume.  Bread is also easier to store than stew and other forms of food common at the time bread was a larger part of culture.  This because solid food is not ruined if it is dropped and can be stacked and thrown around.  Bread is also easy to add things to.  The ancient Greeks added fruit to their bread to add flavor.  You can also dip bread in soups to add flavor.  Jam and butter also add flavor to bread.  Finally bread can be used for sandwiches.

Similarly, many Asian cultures eat rice the same way.  While they all prepare it differently, it is a main part of every meal.  This is probably because of similar reasons to bread.  Rice is easy to store.  You can dry it and keep it in bags for a very long time.  It is also very easy to cook.  All you need to do is boil it in water and you are done.  It is also easy to flavor.  Some cultures eat their food over their rice so that the flavors drip down onto the rice.  Others add spices, meats, or vegetables directly to the rice while they cook it.

There are also a few things you can find out about a culture based upon how they prepare there staple.  You can tell what they like to eat.  You can also tell what is available in their region.

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Bread can be found everywhere all over the world. From the sourdough bread that originated on the west coast of the United States, to an Indian bread called naan, bread is a ubiquitous element in every human culture. Why is it that bread, no matter what form it takes, an essential part in every culture? I believe that it is because bread is one of the simplest foods to prepare. To make the white bread common in the United States, the only ingredients required are butter, flour, salt, sugar, water, and yeast. To make naan, substitute the butter for a type of vegetable shortening called ghee; the proportions are different, but the ingredients are essentially the same! Bread also can be prepared with lots of other types of food. In American cultures, it can be used to create a sandwich, be paired with soup, be served with butter as an appetizer, be crumbled up to bread pork chops, and has hundreds of other applications in the kitchen.

With the change of just one ingredient, the white bread above this changes into Indian bread called naan. Source:

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It’s a fact that bread is common to almost every culture, but why is it that bread has such an important role in eating and social exchanges?  Bread expresses unity between cultures.  In America, which is a melting pot of immigrants from different countries, people may be divided by heritage but are united by the bread and other staples that
they eat.  A common English word is companion; it is derived from the Latin “cum pan,” which means “with bread.”  A companion, therefore is one with whom you break bread.  In Roman times, and still today, bread is uniting people.

Bread is not the only food that is common to several cultures but which have a distinctive interpretation or flavor in each.  Pizza is made all over the world, but every country makes their pizza different.  Traditional Italians do not put cheese on the pizza; Americans have the deep dish and thin crust.  European countries use different types of fruits and vegetables as toppings.  Tea is also a food, or drink rather, that is common to different cultures but has unique flavor in each.

Lastly, one can learn much about a culture based on the way it prepares a staple food.  The ingredients in the staple must be bountiful in that culture; either from farming/gathering from the land or trading.  Further, the method of making the staple tells the beliefs of a culture.  In the Jewish community, orthodox Jews keep kosher; this means they eat only meat deemed by the Torah as clean; the animal must also be killed a certain way.  This method shows others that Jews believe in treating animals properly, even when they have to be killed for food.

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I feel bread is really important to the human society because for many years, bread was a food anyone and everyone could have. It was easy to make and didn’t take long to make at all. One also didn’t need to be rich in order to access the ingredients to make bread. It is made in a wide range of ways special to a specific culture. When a person of one culture eats the form of bread from another culture, it makes them come to accept and appreciate the other culture.

Another example of a common food in many cultures is rice. The French originated jambalaya, which is a rice dish that uses Caribbean spices and different meats such as sausage and shrimp. The Japanese originated onigiri (rice balls), which is a dish that shaped white rice into a triangular or circular shape and has filling of different types of vegetables and/or salmon. Both recipes have become popular enough to be sold in restaurants and convenience stores. The rice is the common ingredient in these dishes, making them similar in a way. However, they have many differences because of what is in the dish and how the dish is made.










What we can tell from a culture based on how they make their food is what resources are available to them. From the French explorations, they were able to make a dish that used Caribbean spices in it. Maybe, years ago, the Japanese couldn’t travel in order to obtain ingredients from other places. So, they would have to use ingredients indigenous to their region. We can also make out different techniques of different cultures from the food that they make and use them in our own dishes. One could maybe figure out how the Japanese got the rice in a shape and how they got it to stay there. When we learn about the way some cultures make their food, we can learn about what their culture was and is like today.

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In my opinion bread is a ubiquitous element in our culture, as humans, because it is a hardy food that carries the nutrients and calories that people need to survive. Also bread is very filling; a little bread goes a long way. Therefore it is very important to eating in general. Without bread, becoming full would be difficult. Bread also brings people together. This is because each culture basically has its own spin on bread. However, all these breads have at least one thing in common. Also, since all cultures have a different spin on bread it brings them together because they all eat some form of the same thing. If one food could come close to being as internationally spread as bread It would have to be a form of the noodle.  The noodle is virtually replicated in every country. Italy directly uses the noodle; same with France. However, some countries, like China and Japan, use the noodle less directly. They have rice. Now, rice and noodles are very different in many ways; however, they both are served under things with most meals in all diets. Noodles also vary by country because of shape and thickness. For example, Germany uses thicker noodles, when Italy uses thinner noodles. In America, virtually every noodle is here. America also has rice. This makes America almost the central place for noodles. Looking at the way each culture prepares their staple foods you can tell a lot. You may be able to tell how rich or poor the country is depending on what materials they use. You can also tell how close the people in the culture are. You can see this when they prepare the food; if several people are around, it is probably a closer culture. Whereas, if very few people are around you may be able to conclude that it is not a very socially oriented place. You can also learn about religion of an area. You can learn about this by watching what they put in and what they leave of dishes. Meat is a prime example. If you look to see which types of meat are used most often and which meats are not used at all. Lastly, looking at the way they eat their food could give someone insight on the cultures manners, or what they deem important. For example, is there prayer before eating or do they hunch over while eating? People in general, around the world, have a lot more food in common then they may think. This food brings the country together you make a world.

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Bread is something that almost every country has, it is a staple food, and every place that you find it, it is different than the last place. Bread plays a primary role in most societies because bread is a food that is relatively easy to make and cheaper than most other foods. Bread only consists of flour, water, and salt. Due to that fact many countries have taken bread and put their own twist on it and have given it its own unique form. For example in the American Southwest, corn was made into thin pancake like tortillas out of corn flour. In Europe wheat was naturally grown and made into all sorts of different types of bread from brioche, to baguettes. Bread is something that can enhanced by anything found around us, and can be easily made when there is lack of food.

Bread is essential to social gatherings because it is something that brings people together. When people from different regions of the world come together, the one food on the table that everyone knows is bread. It a comfort food when there seems to be nothing else on the table that is edible. Cultures can connect through the types of bread that they each make. Although varied, bread is something that is common throughout most cultures and can connect people.

There are many foods like bread that are common to several cultures, but vary at the same time. An example of that type of food is rice. Rice is a grain that is found all over the world. Though it originated in China, it has immersed itself in all the cultures of the world. For example, there is the Spanish rice dish paella, which includes seafood and many different spices; there is also the Chinese fried rice, that has vegetables and meats. Staple foods are very interesting because in each place it is found it is different. A culture may put different spices and herbs into the staple dish to represent their culture in it. In conclusion, bread is a staple food that is ubiquitous throughout the world, but varies immensely.

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Bread; a simple mixture of yeast, water, and flour, with a few various other ingredients based on the culture. It’s quite a basic food, which most all humans have eaten in their’ lifetimes. Bread is a very important source of sustenance, and plays a large role in many people’s diets. I think bread is omnipresent in cultures around the world, because it is such a filling food which is easy to make and can be eaten as a side to any other dish. It is a good source of carbohydrates, therefore giving a fair amount of energy to the consumer. Bread is, in essence, the food of all foods; it is a basic yet satisfying meal that has been discovered around the world.
Although various cultures seem incredibly different, almost alien to each other, they could find common ground with similar foods. Bread, being so widespread across the world, can actually connect people from completely different backgrounds. For example, at social gatherings for holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving), different nationalities may bring various foods to dinner. Well, they may be different foods, but certainly the same category–bread! Marriage may bring two cultures together, and the two sides could find similarities in traditional foods they make, especially home-made bread.

Here are 3 cups of tea (according to tea-drinking tradition in some Pakistani villages), with bowls of different herbal teas in dried form. Image found at, in an article called "Tea: 10 Interesting and Informative Things to Know".

Another food (or in this case, beverage) that can be found in various cultures with very distinct flavours is tea. Tea, made by boiling dried herbs and plants in hot water, can have many variations, such as a spicier or nuttier aroma, based on the ingredients used. In many Pakistani cultures, tea is so widespread, that it is offered to guests immediately after arrival (Tea, The Chinese and Japanese value tea so much, they even have special tea ceremonies to celebrate the consumption of this common drink (Tea, Although most cultures drink tea while it’s hot, 80% of tea in America and Canada is consumed in “iced” form (Tea, Overall, although all tea originated in China, it has become incredibly widespread across the entire globe, becoming a beloved beverage of cultures everywhere.

There is much to understand by the way a certain culture prepares food. For example, if the cuisine includes no meat, you can safely assume that the culture dictates vegetarianism, and the people of that culture would refrain from eating meat. On the other hand, if the culture does not refrain from eating any specific type of food, but eats an abundance of lamb or chicken, they probably live in a climate that can sustain those animals, but not others, therefore they have enough of that source of food to live off of. Food tells much about a culture, as do the additions to the basic ingredients of bread, such as various spices, or added milk or butter.
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I believe bread is so ubiquitous amongst most cultures because most cultures are agrarian based, meaning they are agriculturally based and in this case the main crop they are growing is grain. Grain not only plays a role of a crop but a way to signify the success of one man. Success of crops is a common way to recognize the accomplishment of a man. For example in traditional African tribes the staple crop, yams, were the way to recognize a man’s achievement in their culture. Another reason that grain has become so common amongst cultures is that it is very easy to grow. Almost anyone can grow a type of grain almost anywhere. Along with being easy to grow grain is easy to store, it is very low maintenance.  It takes very little attention to maintain its ability to be eaten opposed to fruit or vegetables which will go bad in a matter of hours if left out in inadequate climate. Although bread is a food item of countless cultures all of these culture’s breads differ slightly from one another. The reason for these differences is that cultures not only prepare their food in different fashions but they also add other ingredients unique to their culture. For example a traditional French bread, the baguette contains sugar opposed to the Indian bread naan which does not. This small ingredient used by one culture but not the other affects the taste of the bread to a large extent. How a culture prepares a simple food as bread reveals much about their culture. For example preparing a dough on a hot skillet opposed to a brick oven reveals facts about the wealth of the culture. In conclusion, bread is a common type of food amongst most cultures, and reveals facts about their culture but can differ extensively.

Naan Recipe   – A picture of the Indian bread naan.

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We baked breads that represent a wide geographic and cultural range.  Why do you think that bread, no matter what form it takes, is such a ubiquitous element in human culture? Why does bread in particular have such an important role in eating and social exchanges? Can you think of any other comparable foods that are common to several cultures but which have a distinctive interpretation or flavor in each? What can you tell about a culture based on the way it prepares a staple food?
What would cuisine be today without bread? Bread is the bases of food in practically every culture and is found everywhere. It may come in many different forms, but it is still crucial throughout the world. One of the most important reasons why bread is such a ubiquitous  element in human culture is because it is extremely easy to make. It requires few ingredients and minimal preparation. These basic ingredients include: flour, salt, and water, which are easily found throughout the world. Bread can take on many forms according to its surroundings and environment, which is also why it is so popular today. Bread can be manipulated and changed depending on the available resources used to make it. For example, in areas where it is easy to grow corn, the inhabitants of this region will most likely eat corn tortillas as their bread or grain source. Another example of this is how the recipes of the different types of bread can change depending on the available types of flour, which is typically the most important ingredient. For example, the corn tortillas obviously use cornflour, where as in other countries and regions, such as in Europe and North America, wheat flour is the kind mostly used.
Bread or grain plays an important part in social exchange because it is one common, but varied, food found throughout the world. Different countries can share a similar type of bread or grain, uniting them through this food. For example, Asian countries and Mexico both use rice as one of their main foods. However, Asian rice is made with long grain rice and Mexican rice is made with short grain rice. These two totally separate cultures can be linked through one food even though it may slightly different. Bread is also cheap, considering grain is found everywhere. This allows all countries to take part in connecting through similar recipes of the grain that makes up and provides for their society.
A common bread found in France is “Brioche.” Brioche is like normal bread, however, it has distinctive, sweet taste because it contains eggs, butter, and some kind of liquid (usually milk or water). This differentiates it from other breads because it more like a pastry and is more complex then normal breads containing just flower and salt, as stated before. The ingredients used in this bread can also show things about a particular culture. For example, with this bread, one can tell that it is made in an area where eggs and butter can be easily used, also the animals these items came from are easily accessible to bakers. Another aspect that is noticeable from the bread or grain commonly found in a country is its geographical and climate qualities because some foods can only grown in certain climates and terrains.

This is a picture of the French bread, Brioche. Picture citation:

Works cited: Alden, Lori. “Rice.” Cook’s Thesaurus. Web. 04 Dec. 2011. <>.
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Bread plays a primary role in many cultures because of how easy it is to make. Most bread recipes consist of flour, water, salt and a few other ingredients to give the bread its signature taste. Because of this easiness to make, forms of bread were developed separately from each other taking on noticeably different shapes. In the American Southwest and Central America, corn was ground into a corn flower to make their tortillas because wheat had not yet been brought over from Europe. Many European cultures used the wheat that grew naturally ion their countries as flour for their bread. Butter was also a possible ingredient because cows were domesticated in this part of the world. These two completely separate cultures developed their own form of bread while being separated by an ocean. This is likely due to the fact that in addition to bread being relatively simple to make, the grains that cultures use to make their breads grew in abundance in their respective countries.

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Bread has played an important role in social exchanges because when two cultures meet they most likely both have some form of bread. This connection between to cultures that may seem completely alien allows these cultures to find a point where they are similar. Without a cross-culture food like bread bringing cultures together, many cultures may have never become friends or even interacted at all with each other.

Aside from bread, many cultures cook pigs and use their meat in different ways. In Mexico, pork is generally pulled and has spicy flavors while in Europe, large sections are baked or smoked to create ham. Ham and Mexican pulled pork are completely separate in how they are prepared but both cultures use the same animal to create their dishes.

The identity of a culture will often come out in the ways that they prepare food. For example, if a culture uses a lot of spices and peppers when they prepare their pork, you can guess that people enjoy spicy food and that these hot ingredients are in abundance in their geographic area. Additionally, religion plays a large part in how some cultures prepare their foods. The kosher laws set specific rules in place as for how the Jewish people can prepare and eat specific foods. Some religions will require certain foods that other ban so you can make an educated guess about the religion of a culture based upon their preparation of food.

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