(asked by Marie from… somewhere…)
The thing is that I don’t really eat bread that much. I can go months without bread. Actually I never ever buy bread, I’ll eat it only if somebody else bought some, but it won’t just cross my mind to buy bread. Ever.
What’s wrong with me?
But even if I never buy bread, most French people still do it on a daily basis, this is not a legend, because I assume that’s what you really want to know, right?
Why every day? Why don’t they just buy enough bread for the whole week?
Simply because French bread (the one you foreigners call baguette, but that we French simply call bread, we use the term baguette only when we ask the bread to the baker, never when we talk about it) has to be eaten fresh, just a few hours old… The fresher the better. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
And as far as the quality of baguettes is concerned, I’m not too sure, mostly because even if I nowadays eat bread on a regular basis (my girlfriend -who is not French- will buy some on a daily basis) it’s the first time I’ve been doing eat since I was a kid.
So I can’t really tell if the quality has declined in the last two decades.
What I know, is that the quality of baguettes will vary greatly from bakery to bakery, so if you think your bakery doesn’t make good bread, do not hesitate to shop around, you might just find one you like.