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What exactly is your definition of "baking"?

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What exactly is your definition of "baking"?

ipsedixit | Jan 21, 2012 12:38 PM

I suppose there are some things we can all agree that baking involves, right?

Like it involves an oven of some sort, but this is generally a necessary but not a sufficient condition. Because I suppose one can "bake" bread on the grill or an open-fire hearth as this old thread demonstrates http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/447683

We can also probably agree baking can involve both sweet and savory dishes. That's easy.

But does it have to involve flour of some sort? If it doesn't, does cooking a turkey or chicken in the oven count as "baking"? Or baking potatoes? Or beans? Is a person a "baker" if she baked beans?

And then there is Wiki's entry for "baking" (found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baking) which is rather unsatisfying and more of a tautological definition than anything else.

I feel like "baking" is one of those things I just know it when I see it, but can't really put words to what I know. Sort of how like how Justice Potter described "pornography" in the seminal Supreme Court case Jacobellis v. Ohio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_i...

So, what say you. How do you define "baking"?

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