Is it worth buying a ceramic bread box to try and keep lean bread somewhat fresh, or will wrapping the bread in linen pretty much accomplish the same thing?
Mine sits on a wooden Bread cutting board with a clean Kitchen towel over it.
I grew up in the "bread box" in the pantry era but those were mostly just a tin box. Bread still got dry and sometimes moldy. I would say if you want an alternative to an airtight plastic bag then try it. Some people object to using plastic (I know someone that won't TOUCH plastic-she chooses a challenging life). I don't believe it will prevent the bread from staling. That is inevitable but good bread continues to taste good and be usable through this cycle.