As the coronavirus upends their lives, the French flock back to bakeries for comfort
In a time of crisis the likes of which France and Europe have not seen for generations, consumers here are turning back to bread — a commodity the French depend on less these days than they once did but that serves as a source of immediate comfort in the midst of uncertainty.
“You have this return to basics,” said Apollonia Poîlane, who runs Poîlane, the famed Left Bank boulangerie her family has operated since 1932. Classified as essential commerce, bakeries are now allowed to be open seven days a week, unlike before.
These days, Poîlane offers any number of different artisanal breads that are popular with regular customers and tourists alike. But the minute the pandemic began, Poîlane says, its classic sourdough wheat loaf — simple, unadorned and longer-lasting than other varieties — became an undisputed bestseller.
“That, to me, is a sign that when everything else goes missing, we come back to something that has fed us for generations,” she said.
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[Source: Washington Post]