If you love to bake, there is a high chance you are driven by all things sweet. Baking may be more of a balancing act than cooking, but the science is all part of the fun. Bakers appreciate following directions step-by-step and take great pleasure in the beauty of leveling a cup of flour.
Whether you're whipping up some chocolate chip cookies or baking your friend's birthday cake, you have a giving spirit. Cooking is so often a process for yourself or your immediate family, while the products of baking are meant to be shared with the world around you.
Chefs, on the other hand, have an entirely different approach in the kitchen. Fans of cooking appreciate that their creations have no limitations. You can taste as you go and add a pinch of this and a hint of that as you see fit.
If you love to cook, you love to create. You savor the instances where something seems so close to disaster, but is then saved in the final moments by a wonderful epiphany (a touch of cayenne!). You like to live life on the edge, and the people lucky enough to eat at your table are thankful for it.
Whether you're Claire's biggest fan from Bon Appétit, you binge "The Great British Baking Show" on the weekends, or you simply call up your grandma when you have a question, baking is a favorite pastime for all. The science required in baking feels less like chemistry and more like a secret spell passed from generation to generation. As Bustle's Lara Rutherford-Morrison puts it:
Baking can feel a bit like putting together a magic potion. You combine a bunch of ingredients into a wet, sloppy mixture, put it in the oven, and—SHAZAM!—it’s a cake! How cool is that? Very freaking cool. And it never stops feeling magical, no matter how often you do it. Having constant access to feeling a little like a wizard? Yeah, bakers don't get tired of that feeling.
But baking is superfluous. You don't eat cupcakes at every meal (I mean, at least not every day); you eat food. Whether you're concocting the perfect quiche for breakfast or throwing pasta at the wall to see if it's done for dinner, cooking is much more than a hobby—it's a necessity.
Cooking also enables you to try new things quickly and get to know different areas of the world through their favorite cuisines. Since cooking is a much more forgiving process than baking, the best home chefs can learn how to push and pull flavors to create gorgeous meals.