September 01, 2004

Baking or Cooking. Pick One

Ok, I have a theory that needs data. The theory goes that people have a natural aptitude for either baking or cooking, but not usually both. The same holds true for woodwork and metalwork. Personally, I can cook well but bake indifferently; I can make some beautiful things in wood but all I can do with metal is cut and burn myself.

Is this consistent with other peopleís experience? Send your stories, along with a stamped (but not addressed) envelope, to

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Posted by phreq at September 1, 2004 10:18 AM | TrackBack

Hmm about your theory. I am a better baker than cook, but I can cook well (I mostly follow recipes). Lee cooks really fantastically well (and makes things up that taste great) but refuses to bake after one disastrous microwave chocolate cake.

It might be a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Posted by: jenni at September 1, 2004 10:46 AM

I wouldn't say I am 'good' at either cooking or baking. I can do it if I follow a recipe, altho some cooking I can do with no recipes. Also woodwork and metalwork both seem hard.

Posted by: giffy at September 1, 2004 12:40 PM

hmm, i cook and bake fairly well, and my metal and woodworking skills are kind of on a par (not great but not too terrible).
i think i fall into the 'jack of all trades, master of none' category though :(

Posted by: sok at September 1, 2004 03:06 PM

i bake well, no i change that, i am the qeen of all cooking that involves things sweet. Loke the baking.
hoever i've never really streched my cooking skills, i have about 20 good never fail recpies and i stick to them, which i experient is with the baking, and cheese cakes and variations on tiramsu.

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