A traditional baker in Poland removes fresh bread from the oven.
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Is it just my imagination or is it getting hotter every year? Perhaps I have a short memory, but it just seems that, as each year goes by, summer in the Middle East is becoming more and more unbearable. The only thing on anyone’s mind right now is lounging around, glued to the air conditioning, with a long, tall glass of ice tea in one hand and a generous chunk of watermelon in the other. Nobody really feels hungry in this weather and if they do, it certainly isn’t for bread! For commercial bakers, July and August are “slump” months, as bread sales plummet. Not only do very few people consume large quantities of bread during the summer season, but for the baker himself, to stand in a sweltering room next to the oven baking bread, it is akin to a scene out of Dante’s Inferno.