The baker

The French word « boulanger » (baker) is a relatively recent one originating in the region of Picardy from the word « boulenc ».   This word means he who makes rounds of bread.  The trade in itself is as old as sedentary man.   In fact, as soon as man began to cultivate the land, he became interested in cereals with which he made bread.


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The French word « boulanger » (baker) is a relatively recent one originating in the region of Picardy from the word « boulenc ». This word means he who makes rounds of bread. The trade in itself is as old as sedentary man. In fact, as soon as man began to cultivate the land, he became interested in cereals with which he made bread. Since the time of antiquity up to today man has considered bread to be sacred, and in each ancient civilisation a harvest godess can be found. Demeter is the godess of nature in Greece. In order to crush the cereal to make bread, man at first made use of a mortar and pestle. Then, in Egypt, a mobile groundstone was invented . Drawn by oxen, the mobile stone crushed the grain on a fixed stone. The Romans invented a water mill to rotate the groundstones. In the Middle Ages returning Crusaders introduced windmills.

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