I read with interest this weekend that French bakers want the baguette declared an intangible treasure by UNESCO. It seems the small bakeries in France are being driven out of business by large, commercial bakeries that mass produce a product the traditional bakers dismissively call “bread sticks”. They hope the designation will help protect the baguette and the art that goes into making them, and draw attention to what is truly a national treasure. They are in competition with a wine festival and the zinc roofs of Paris. The French Minister of Culture will decide which she will recommend to UNESCO this year.
Intangible treasures are oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, traditional craft methods, and rituals. https://ich.unesco.org/en/lists has a list of them. They are absolutely fascinating. I didn’t see a list from the US. I suppose many of our traditions and cultural practices were brought here by immigrants and aren’t exclusive to our country. I would have thought Jazz music would be on the list, but perhaps it isn’t considered fragile or endangered.
Check out the intangible treasures on the UNESCO list. What ones catch your eye? What would you nominate for the US list? How is your baguette technique?