France is known for its delicious baguettes; now, the crusty bread stick has been added to Unesco’s “intangible cultural heritage” list.
According to Reuters, Unesco announced it had added “ “artisanal know-how and culture of baguette bread” to its list of 600 other items. The mouth-watering bread joins things like traditional tea making in China, Belgian beer culture, Arabic coffee, and the making of Neopolitan pizza.
🥖🇫🇷 La #baguette, avec sa croûte croustillante et sa mie moelleuse, emblème dans le monde de la vie quotidienne des Français, a été inscrite au patrimoine immatériel de l'humanité par l'@UNESCO #AFP pic.twitter.com/YipnngZttx— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) November 30, 2022
Unesco chief Audrey Azoulay commenced the humble French baguette for celebrating the “French way of life,” adding, “the baguette is a daily ritual, a structuring element of the meal, synonymous with sharing and conviviality.”
According to CNN, it took France six years to collect all the necessary documentation before it submitted its request to Unesco.
“This will make people realize that this regular baguette that they know very well, is something precious,” Azoulay told CNN. “It comes from history and it has character and it’s important to make the public aware of this, to be proud of it.”
“It’s kind of a way of life,” Azoulay said. “There is always a boulangerie nearby, you can go and buy fresh affordable bread and you meet people, meet with bakers; it’s a very important element of social cohesion.”