I've always loved rustic handcrafted breads resembling those that 16th century monks and peasants baked to sell at village markets. Perfect with wine, cheese and friends.
Besides tearing pieces from the loaf in a peasant-like, down-to-earth way, I also like to break bread with friends using the herringbone method. Here's how:
+ Use a good serrated knife and gentle sawing motions.
+ Cut a 1-inch-wide wedge off one edge of the loaf. Cut another wedge at one end of the first cut in the opposite direction, angling into the body of the loaf.
+ Return to the first side and cut parallel to the first cut to make the first slice. Repeat on the opposite side.
+ Continue this pattern, alternating the cuts from side to side.