February 6, 2023

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UNESCO has decided: Baguette will be listed as Intangible Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO has decided: Baguette will be listed as Intangible Heritage of Humanity

l’UNESCO Decided on Wednesday: Baguette to be listed as Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Five years of work crowned todayDelighted, shortly after the announcement, Dominique Anract, president of the National Confederation of French Bakery-Pastry, behind the candidacy.

Dominique Anract is a French baguette specialist. UNESCO has created an application file to get to know French bakers and pastry chefs.

Photo: Getty Images / François Guillot

In an interview at the Montreal show All in one morning At the ICI premiere, Mr. Anracht explained that strong gestures are now needed to protect the so-called “traditional” baguette, which has been strictly regulated by a decree since 1993 that protects artisan bakers and at the same time imposes very strict regulations on them , such as the ban on additives.

Indeed, he lamented that the French favorite bread, born in Paris in the early 20th century, is largely cooked in factories, and that France has lost some 400 bakeries. By the 1980s, it had dwindled to just 35,000 today.

A good wand, argues Mr. Unract, must have a result Knead slowlya Greater hydrationa A very long fermentation process (from 3 to 24 hours), a Hand shape And a Baking with a very hot deck oven.

The result inevitably leads to a baguette Irregular cells, Crispy on the outside and soft on the insideHe explains.

For all these reasons, theUNESCO Wednesday called to protect the knowledge of the bakers and the culture surrounding what President Emmanuel Macron described as not the recipe. 250 grams of magic and perfection.

In these few centimeters of knowledge passed from hand to hand, the soul of French knowledge is precisely presentPresident Macron was congratulated on his visit to Washington on Wednesday. This is a unique thing.

The baguette has since become deeply ingrained in the French way of life. Twelve million of them go to the bakery every day, we learn by consulting the submitted application fileUNESCO.

It is the first species to ask for children. It’s a crouton, a moulet, a sandwich. They are on every table whether morning, afternoon or evening. »

A quote from Dominique Anract, President of the National Confederation of French Bakery-Pastry

Mr. Anract now hopes that recognizing the knowledge of French bakers and pastry chefs will persuade more apprentices to take up the torch.

France has chosen to present Baguette’s candidacy in early 2021, with its zinc roofs in Paris and the Jura Wine Festival a priority.

Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage ofUNESCO emerged in the early 2000s. Recently, the organization added to its incomplete cultural heritage lists Congo Rumba, The Reggae And yet North African CouscousEspecially.