I was interested to see in this Top 10 Types of Sustenance in U2's Lyrics piece from @U2 that "honey" is the most frequently referenced food in U2 lyrics, included in at least 10 songs. It immediately occurred to me that honey turns up in the Bible a lot too, and I thought I'd make a quick stop at Bible Gateway.
Turns out there are 61 uses of "honey" in scripture; when it's not mentioned literally in a story where someone's eating or harvesting honey, it tends to be either describing the Promised Land ("a land flowing with milk and honey"), talking about a woman ("Your lips, my bride, drip honey" from Song of Solomon), or used metaphorically about the Word of God ("How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" from Ps 119, or the scroll that "was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter" from Revelation 10). For comparison (trying to avoid nouns that have multiple non-eating-related meanings like "lamb") some other random Bible-ish food words and their frequency: "cakes" 19; "loaves" 36; "stew" 7. On the other hand, "wine" turns up 237 times, and the @U2 column noted that it was also frequent in U2 lyrics, but didn't give a count.
But here is my question: Where's the bread? There are 366 uses of "bread" in the Bible, and it's an incredibly rich metaphor there, linked to multiple images in both testaments of meals with the Divine, and an entire complex chapter, John 6, built around the concept. Surely bread is by far the strongest "sustenance" metaphor in Scripture. However, I can only think of 2 citations in U2's work: bread comes up on Achtung Baby in "Until the End of the World" and "Acrobat." [Edit: it dawns on me belatedly that in one case there, I was thinking of live performances; there's no "bread" in the album lyrics for "UTEOTW." So that's only one reference in the whole catalog, unless someone has examples I've missed.] Can that be it? Why?