Baguette

The French treat baguettes like sacred objects. And who can blame them? These light, crispy, chewy loaves are delicious without any other ingredients. There's even a preferred way to eat them—breaking off the heel, or le quignon, to snack on as soon as you leave the bakery. Baguettes are even protected by law: The serious-sounding Bread Decree of 1993 requires that they are made on the same premises where they're sold, are never be frozen and contain only flour, water, yeast, and salt. F&W's guide will teach you to make your own baguettes at home and help you use freshly bought loaves from the bakery in your next dish.

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Pan Bagnat

Pressing this sandwich, packed with olive oil–cured white tuna belly, sun-dried tomatoes, and peppery arugula, allows the vinaigrette to season the entire sandwich and softens the crusty bread. It’s best when allowed to rest for the full two hours before serving, making it perfect picnic fare.

9 Banh Mi Recipes for Desk Lunch Domination

Bored with your usual smoked turkey or PB&J sandwich? Take lunch to the next level by making your own crunchy, creamy, spicy, tangy banh mi.

6 Ways to Use a Baguette

The French treat baguettes like sacred objects. And who can blame them? These light, crispy, chewy loaves are delicious without any other ingredients. There's even a preferred way to eat them—breaking off the heel, or le quignon, to snack on as soon as you leave the bakery. Baguettes are even protected by law: The serious-sounding Bread Decree of 1993 requires that they are made on the same premises where they're sold, are never be frozen and contain only flour, water, yeast, and salt. Here, our favorite ways to eat baguettes.

How Napoleon Armed His Soldiers with Baguettes

When it comes to an explanation for a baguette's elongated shape, legends abound—including one involving Napoleon.

Buttery Crab Bread Pudding

In this recipe from the River Cottage Fish Book, chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall layers baguette and lump crabmeat, then pours custard on top.   More Savory Bread Puddings