Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tuscan Bread

Jan 2, 2000 GMT

Tuscan bread, as you can well imagine, is wonderful, particularly here in Tuscany. Apparently, the most traditional Tuscan bread is unsalted. You notice the difference. The reason for this quirk is not entirely known, but I have two theories. The first is that, because they eat the bread with prosciutto and other heavily-salted meats, they hardly notice its absence. My other theory is that, many many years ago the Tuscans got hit with some obscene salt tax, possibly levied by the Pisan merchants on the coast, and simply refused to use salt in their bread dough out of spite. The fact that this probably happened 1000 years ago is of no consequence, there's the principle involved.

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