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Bread has a very long history as a staple food in the human diet. Grains were first cultivated in agriculture about 8000 years ago, in human kind’s first true civilization (the Fertile Crescent.)
It became popular very quickly for a couple of reasons:
1) It’s pretty easy to grow grains in huge quantities. This made grains an attractive choice for ancient cities looking to feed their whole populations.
2) It’s easy to store. Harvested grains can be stored for quite a while, which is another part of what makes a great staple food source. Humanity has always been able to farm grain in huge quantities and keep the extra to feed themselves throughout the year, from one harvest to the next.
So there’s the historical context. Grains have always been a good way to feed people, and thus bread has become a big part of cultural cuisines around the world.
Today, we have such an abundance of food in the developed world that we don’t actually need bread anymore. We still love the stuff, though, because it’s a very deep-seated tradition.
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