Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Egyptian bread lies spread outside a traditional bakery in Bahrain’s Adliya neighbourhood just before being packed into packets of five. Arabic bread, called khubus, is an everyday favourite, with a bakery at most a few streets away from every household.
Several varieties – Egyptian, Lebanese and Bahraini – are available at 27 cents a pack, a rate heavily subsidized by the government. Unlike in the Indian sub continent, where fresh flat bread is prepared at every meal, or in the West, where burgers or sandwich bread is the norm, in the Arab world, this is the staple – even sold along with a bowl of boiled chickpeas – also priced at 27 cents – making sure everyone gets a meal at just about half a dollar!

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