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The most special French food is officially part of the "UNESCO" heritage
Baguette, the long, crusty bread that is a staple of French cuisine, has been given special UNESCO status. The baguette joins other foods and culinary cultures on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, including Neapolitan pizza production, kimchi, Belgian beer culture, the Mediterranean diet and Arabic coffee.
The director general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, told "CNN" that the protected status of the baguette pays tribute to tradition, craftsmanship and ensures that the artisan way of baking is passed on to the next generation. Azoulay said:
"It's a way of life. There's always a bakery nearby where you can go to buy fresh bread and meet people. This is a very important element of social cohesion. It will make people understand that this The common 'baguette' that they know so well is something precious. It comes from history and has character and it's important to make the public aware, to be proud of that.
Azoulay said it took France six years to gather all the necessary documentation before submitting its application to UNESCO. While bakeries in France usually sell many types of baguettes, the best are known as baguettes de tradite.
These can be made with just four ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast and must be baked instantly. Parisian baker Priscilla Hayertz admitted to the French portal "AFP" that the "baguette" was a basic product, affecting all socio-cultural categories, whether rich or poor.
According to the Observatoire du Pain, a research group that tracks bread consumption habits and trends in France, the average daily bread consumption rate among adults fell from 143g/day in 2003 to 103g/day in 2016. of supermarket chains selling bread has been blamed for the closure of hundreds of family-owned bakeries.