The French Baguette Is Now a UNESCO-Certified Piece of "Intangible Cultural Heritage"

Few things are more French than the country’s beloved baguette, and now it has been rightly honored by UNESCO as a piece of “intangible cultural heritage.”

The bread — which was reportedly first made in 1839 by a Vienna-born baker named August Zang despite others believing it was first ordered by Napoleon for his soldiers — has been deemed of such cultural significance to France and the rest of the world because of its artisanal qualities and influence in the baking world.

UNESCO Chief Audrey Asoulay said “[it] celebrates the French way of life.” She added, “The baguette is a daily ritual, a structuring element of the meal, synonymous with sharing and conviviality. It is important that these skills and social habits continue to exist in the future.”

Esteemed for the “artisanal know-how and culture of baguette bread,” the baguette now sits in a list alongside other regional traditions like authentic Chinese tea making.

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