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There is almost no smell as comforting, as universal, or as mouth-watering as that of freshly baked bread. The most recent research shows we started eating bread 14,000 years ago, so it’s hard to know whether the way bread affects us is that of a Pavlovian response “baked” into our evolution as a species, or if it just really does smell that delicious.
Bread is still one of the most popular foods on the planet, found all around the globe and in all cultures—round, knotted, woven, flat, dimpled, sweet, sour, crusty, soft—all of it beginning with the same four ingredients.
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