What kinds of bread are popular where you live?
I'm curious about regional tastes in bread, so I thought I'd kick off a "half-baked" TFL survey on the subject.
So tell us: What kinds of bread are popular where you live?
I got to wondering after taking note here at TFL on the popularity of sourdough. I live in Rhode Island, well into the northeastern US. Sourdough bread is just about nonexistent here. I've tried it once or twice and never much took to it. My taste for a kind of French-style Italian bread -- with a thick, hard, crackly crust and an airy, fluffy crumb -- was undoubtedly shaped by my Italo-American heritage, and by the abundance of first-rate bakeries making and selling Italian bread in the greater Providence area.
I'm guessing that similar affinities elsewhere are shaped by comparable local variables.
So tell us: What kinds of bread are popular where you live -- and in your opinion, why?