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September 06, 2013
When Joshua, my son and partner in Beurre & Sel, our coookie business, saw this video he tweeted: Ever wonder why we bake cookies? He summed up the theme of this video perfectly. Not surprisingly, it started me wondering why you and so many others bake. Tell me. Please.
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In the Kitchen
| September 6, 2013 10:29 AM
I loved your reasoning as to why you bake and how you began!
For me I think the act of putting my hands into something and creating is the greatest appeal. The connection to tangible, earthy things that feed us and bring us happiness. My family spends so much time with technology and modern conveniences and distractions that I find the most pleasure in picking up a wooden spoon and mixing, or rolling out with a smooth French pin...and handing each of my kids a warm cookie straight from the cooling rack.
| September 6, 2013 1:29 PM
I bake for so many of the same reasons, Dorie. I love learning about ingredients, techniques, and new ideas in food. I love how my food becomes an extension of my love for someone and in essence, me. I love that moment of promise when you pull something from the oven, the endless experimentation and mutation of a form, that moment of pride when someone bites into their first bite of something you've made and their face changes into this blissful thing. I love the how time stops when I'm in my kitchen. I love everything about baking, ok except for doing the dishes. ;)
| September 6, 2013 2:46 PM
That video rang so many bells with me. I started baking because it was something my mum and I did together when I was growing up. When I left university I ended up in a job that wasn't fulfilling me so I turned to baking, for a creative outlet. As time went on it became apparent that baking was the thing I was obsessed with and the only thing I dreamt about doing for the rest of my life - so I feel so lucky that I now get to spend my days in the kitchen baking, you cannot beat doing something you love as a career.
Barbara | Creative Culinary
| September 6, 2013 2:47 PM
I love baking and the memories that flood back during the course of making something; I think my first experiences in my Grandma's kitchen are so special.
But...as you shared why you love to bake I could not say it better. I love to create something from nothing. There is such a measure of accomplishment; whether it's baking or sewing or even mowing the lawn...the after always makes me excited about managing the before and seeing results!
Baking even more so because of the giving of sustenance...for family, friends and sometimes even strangers. It's simply one of the most fulfilling things I do in my life.
| September 6, 2013 3:22 PM
I too love baking. Always have. My great-grandfather from Germany owned a bakery and I still use some of his pans, and have many of his recipes. My grandmother baked, my mother baked, and now my sisters and I bake. We love the taste, quality, and the process of making something homemade. I love baking cookies for others, too, especially at Christmastime or when I throw a tea party for friends. In addition to my great-grandpa's recipes, there are treasured ones that I have gathered through the years, and while living in England and Sweden when I was 19.
Thank you for your cookbooks. I have enjoyed reading them!
| September 6, 2013 4:20 PM
First of all, the two cookbooks of yours I have are my favorites. "Baking" is my go-to cookbook for treats. I made your basic chocolate chip cookies (with coconut!) yesterday with my three year old and the whole family has been very happy with the results. It was his first time baking with me without big brother around. I loved how excited he was dumping everything in, making "sandcastles" with brown sugar. After we added the chocolate chips I told him he could have a taste. I turned my back on him and when I saw him again, he was stuffing his face with as many chips as could fit in his hands. Some were falling to the floor.
So, that is why I bake. The journey, the result. I like the share both. (Though, admittedly, I also prefer to bake elaborate things without the help of the children.)
I loved hearing your voice and seeing your enthusiasm. I will love your cookbooks even moreso now.
| September 6, 2013 4:32 PM
I bake for my kids and family...to make memories special...to leave a small baking legacy...to bring comfort and feelings of tastebud bliss!
| September 6, 2013 6:17 PM
I believe everyone was born to create something. I'm just glad my area of creation involves butter, sugar, and flour!
| September 6, 2013 7:51 PM
Baking is my love for my kids in food form.
| September 7, 2013 2:53 AM
I love to bake for all the reasons you mention: the magical transformation of ingredients, for the smells that lure my friends up the stairs to my flat, for the artistry and feeling of mastery I get when it goes well, for the ritual (e.g. measuring out the ingredients, kneading dough, the feel of my well worn linen apron) and most of all for the love and care it shows for my friends and family. I could never bake for strangers!
| September 7, 2013 3:07 AM
I love to bake because I feel like I am floating above the everyday. I love to create something new from familiar ingredients and I am transported back to my childhood. There is also nothing more satisfying than the look on people's faces when they taste my bakes. It is pure therapy.
| September 7, 2013 4:22 AM
Beautiful video Dorie! I have to work today, but as soon as I can, I am going to get to making something lovely. You have inspired me once again. Merci!
And exactly as you said in the video, I bake so I can give/share something that I made. There is no greater gift. I would rather a beautiful homemade cake than a diamond ring!
| September 7, 2013 4:40 PM
I like to bake because I want to find meaning in my life again.
| September 7, 2013 4:45 PM
I love to bake because is the way that i show my love to others, its magic ,its an art! to mix ingredients and creat something new and amazing ! i just love it!.the first cake i made was with my grandma she teached me all the things that i know, I didnt have chance to go to the culinary school and I have cook and bake since im 10 years old, it was my dream, so i start to study by myself from books and courses, i love it! makes me so happy and exited look on peoples faces when they taste my food.
| September 8, 2013 3:17 AM
I bake with my grand children because I want them to remember me. One day when I'm not around anymore they are going to say to their children 'we used to make this with Grandma, and they will remember me and talk about me.
| September 9, 2013 1:17 AM
My earliest memory of baking is from my teenage years; although no one encouraged me to bake, I simply loved to try baking as I loved cakes and sweet treats. I didn't really bake again (although I did bake my daughters' birthday cakes) until the death of my husband seven years ago. I was looking for an outlet, something to occupy my time and make me happy at the same time. I found baking. It didn't just make me happy, but those around me benefited as well :) And of course, baking got serious when I found you, Dorie Greenspan!! A friend living in the US got me to look up for Dorie Greenspan (I live in Malaysia) and the rest is history! I am now happily baking and taking orders for my bakes, most of which are your recipes. Now my two daughters (14 and 12) bake from your book as well! So, really, THANK YOU, DORIE for the inspiration and for bringing much joy to many of us.
| September 9, 2013 6:06 AM
I love to bake for various reasons.
It keeps my hands busy - and my mind! If I am overwhelmed or busy in my head and wrapped up about something, baking helps me disolve that energy. I thought baking helped me forget everything but I find it actually helps me think about or process things, just in a different way.
I love that I can produce a product that makes people happy; it warms my heart.
I LOVE the versatility of the same ingredients used different ways.
I love that I can make something so distinguished when I do French baking, or I love that I can make something gluten-free and make it so delicious they don't know it's gluten-free.
I love helping to make people happy and to heal people, by emotion, or heart or stomach.
| September 11, 2013 10:06 AM
When my first daughter was 1, someone else saw her first steps and I was going to have no more of that! So I left my job and started cooking almost every meal for 17 years. Teachers used to make jokes about(and covet) the treats my kids carried in their lunch boxes. Thinking back, I guess I started baking when I was about 10. But, I never burned down the kitchen, ahem. Thankfully my mother holds claim to that trophy. I did however acquire a lot of experience trying to satisfy my father's sweet tooth. In fact, I still use some of the glorious southern recipes that are stuffed into the treasure trove plastic bag in mom's kitchen cabinet. My favorite is the apple walnut cake. At age 50, I decided since both of my girls would be going to college, I needed to do something therapeutic. I wanted to do "food" but decided "baking" was the way to go. It's what so many folks don't have time to do. Finally, what I really love about baking is cleaning my tiny commercial kitchen afterwards, seeing cocoa dust on the stainless steel and taking in the lingering scents of butter, sugar or molasses, and thinking how lucky I am. And most of all, I love the smiles when I say "I made this for you".
| September 11, 2013 8:13 PM
Dorie, I love this video! It's a perfect prelude to our Dorista gathering in Seattle next week! It's so true that baking is an act of generosity. I turn to your "Baking..." book over and over again.
| September 12, 2013 2:29 AM
Dorie, you're so great. I bake for the same reasons you do. For the sheer pleasure of it. To make people happy. My mom likes to tell the story of when I was 3, and asked when I could bake by myself. She said "when you can read a recipe by yourself, you can cook by yourself." And so I went off with a stack of cookbooks and learned to read. And nice then it has always been my thing.
| September 12, 2013 9:13 AM
Awesome!!!!Love you Dorie!!!!
| October 10, 2013 11:09 PM
I bake because it is an absolute joy. To be able to combine things such as flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, other spices, apples, yogurt and have them turn into a delicious fall treat. Or combining such things as cocoa, red food coloring and buttermilk and turn it into a Southern icon, red velvet. Learning tricks like a warm oven will help dough to rise. Not twisting your biscuit cutter will ensure a flakier and higher rise on a biscuit. Patting out dough instead of rolling it will allow the butter in the dough to remain cold and result in a flakier pastry. And being inspired by the many men and women in Tuesdays with Dorie who inspired me every week and still do. Learning from people like you and so many others who encourage all of us who love to bake, to not be afraid to toy with ingredients and try different techniques and to share that love for baking and pass it onto others.
| October 11, 2013 5:36 PM
Dorie, you say it so, so well!
I bake for the reasons you do- I love the joy of taking all these different ingredients that look nothing like cookies or brownies and creating something. Me! and my hands! making wonderfully tasting things to share.
My grandma started me on the path to baking long ago as did my mom. It's so joyful.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us!
| October 13, 2013 10:24 PM
If cooking is a language, baking is how to say "I love you" gastronomically .
Not baking exactly, but I made your stuffed pumpkin tonight, except that they didn't have cooking pumpkins in the market, so I used a blue hubbard squash which was incredible and very sturdy for transport to a platter. I put in some sage which matched the color of the rind...it was perfect. Thank you for sharing your gifts!
replied to comment from Bonnie Sutherland
| October 15, 2013 11:38 AM
Bonnie- Thank you for sharing this story with me. I hope the stuffed squash was as delicious as it sounds.
Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net
| October 16, 2013 2:23 AM
I bake because it's an amazing feeling knowing that you can make something so wonderful. Plus I prefer homemade cakes, cookies and cupcakes.
| October 17, 2013 10:11 PM
Well said! I also love the feeling of using the same ingredients in different ways to make completely different things. Baking and cooking have also helped me maintain a tie to people and places I love when I can't see them. I think of my grandmother every time I make a blueberry buckle.
I asked you this a long time ago, but life has gotten in the way a bit. Would it be possible to get books signed by you, if you're ever at Beurre & Sel? I may be moving away from NYC soon, and would love to catch you before I go!
| October 28, 2013 1:00 AM
I am a terrible all round baker. But I am a good baker of bread. I love to eat my bread. Now there is all this being written about how bad wheat is for you. If you happen to know where I can read about how good bread is for you, would you write me at my email. Thanks. Sally
replied to comment from Radish
| October 29, 2013 9:17 PM
Radish- I too would love to read an article about the health benefits of bread- there is nothing more delicious than freshly-made, home-baked bread.
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