Your Bread Deserves the Best Bread Tray
"How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?"
Our bread tray is imported from France where, as Julia Child discovered, they know a lot about bread. You can use it everyday or for easy entertaining. In France, they would probably use this bread tray everyday since bread is a part of everyday French life and history.
Notice how this bread tray looks like a basket? It's a reproduction from 1920. A little research told us that
in 1900 every Frenchman ate 500 grams of bread a day and almost every family in France had bread baskets. The basket weave look of this bread tray is a reference to the bread baskets that were quite typical of the day.
The bread tray looks and feels like a sterling silver bread tray but it’s made of shining nickel so you don’t need to polish it. We think Julia Child would approve.
10 ½ long x 7 ¼ ” wide x 3” ht.
Imported from France by Decorative Things.
Although our bread tray is from France but you don’t have to use it for baguettes, brioche or croissants. Whole wheat works just as well. But don’t be afraid of eating a little bread! French women aren’t. Here’s a few tips from the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook:
French women eat three meals a day.
French women adore fashion.
French women are stubborn individuals and don't follow mass movements.
French women avoid anything that demands too much effort for too little pleasure.
French women balance their food, drink, and movement on a week-by-week basis.
French women care enormously about the presentation of food. It matters to them how you look at it.
French women choose their own indulgences and compensations. They understand that little things count, both additions and subtractions, and that as an adult everyone is the keeper of her own equilibrium.
French women do stray, but they always come back, believing there are only detours and no dead ends.
French women don't care for hard liquor.
French women don't diet.
If you really don’t buy it, use your bread tray, or bread basket, for some Melba toast.
For inspiration on bread to put in your bread tray, see Wikipedia’s Bread page.
And if you want to make your own baguettes to put into your bread tray, here’s a recipe for French bread.
While we are on the subject of bread trays, here are some bread quotes from some notable and quotable people. (A bread tray with a quote, makes a lovely gift. Let us gift wrap your bread tray and include your favorite quote with it.)
“Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad but bread is king.”
Louis Bromfield, American novelist (1896-1956)
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
James Beard (1903-1985)
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet
"Bread is the warmest, kindest of all words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name." (from a café sign)
"I am going to learn to make bread to-morrow. So you may imagine me with my sleeves rolled up, mixing flour, milk, salt, etc., with a deal of grace. I advise you if you don't know how to make the staff of life to learn with dispatch."
Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)
"Bread is like dressed, hats and shoes -- in other words, essential!"
"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight."
M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992)
"O God! that bread should be so dear,
And flesh and blood so cheap!"
Thomas Hood, British poet (1799-1845)
"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight..."
M. F. K. Fisher, "The Art of Eating"
“Acorns were good till bread was found.”
Francis Bacon, English philosopher, statesman (1561-1626)
“Good bread is the great need in poor homes, and oftentimes the best appreciated luxury in the homes of the very rich.”
"A Book for A Cook", The Pillsbury Co. (1905)
“Give me yesterday's Bread, this Day's Flesh, and last Year's Cyder.”
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) "Poor Richard's Almanac"
“Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt, and after the egg is there anything in the world lovlier than fresh warm bread and a mug of sweet golden tea?”
Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes (1996)
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)