Ok, one final rant about Switzerland:
The Swiss are the ultimate recyclers.
During our visit, my 15 yo son accompanied my uncle to the recycling center. He came back with wide eyes: "they have a bin for wine corks, for batteries, even one labeled 'Alt Brot' (old bread)! Wonder what they do with that?"
My uncle's neighbor, overhearing, mentions that many farmers use the stale crusts for animal feed.
A month later, I come across Rose Levy's pumpernickel recipe, which specifically calls for bread crumbs made from the previous loaf! I didn't have the heart to tell my son...