There's probably no bread more famous than this round loaf of sourdough from Poilane. This wonderful little bakery is located in the Latin Quarter in a very tiny storefront with a wood fired oven in the basement. This bread is now shipped all over the world and I've heard you can buy it at The Belly Bakery on Highland Avenue.
Lionel Poilane, founder of the bakery, died in a helicopter crash in 2002. The enterprise is managed today by his daughter, a Harvard graduate. Poilane believed in the magic of the physical process of bread making -- that the work should be done by hand with one baker responsible for his loaf from start to finish. In this tiny basement, that is exactly what happens.
It's quite warm down here -- I believe the tshirt is optional and worn only for guests.
Salvador Dali commissioned Poilane to make him an entire bedroom suite -- bed and all. He wanted to see if he had mice. Yes, this is a true story. Here is chandelier from that bedroom -- made of bread.