Bread is a simple pleasure that most cultures enjoy.
Not only is it functional, but can be beautiful as well!
The Boudin bakery in San Francisco has been baking creative sourdough shapes for years from their original 1849 starter.
You can watch the process from outside of their location near the wharf.
Wicker baskets are dusted with flour and filled with dough to let rise.
Free form shapes of teddy bears, lobsters, alligators and such come down the line for customers to purchase.
These loaves of sourdough stacked together remind me of grains of wheat.
This is the traditional shape with razor cuts that is identified with sourdough.
You can actually eat your "bowl" in this meal!
Even though bread is a basic staple, it can be elevated to an art form.
The fundamental shape has become a fanciful one!
This is the only alligator I would consider eating!
In Venice, bread can take on the shapes of happy faces for people to purchase.
Even their sign is made of bread!
But, the best bread of all is that from a friend....made with their hands and given in love!