According to author M.F.K Fisher, writing in The Art of Eating, being a baker can be so much more than simply punching a time clock: “[Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. There is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than the homely ceremony of making bread.”
As if that weren’t enough, here are 15 more reasons to date a baker should the opportunity arise:
1. There’s no need to cringe when a baker says, “I’ll cook dinner tonight.”
2. Bakers are good with their hands. Skill at kneading dough to perfection can come in handy during a back rub after a stressful day.
3. Bakers have a good sense of proportion—in the kitchen and in a relationship. They understand that too much or too little of any essential ingredient can spoil an otherwise perfect creation.
4. Someone who spends their time perfecting the alchemy of turning humble ingredients into golden delicacies may be more open than most to the mystery of romantic magic.
5. Bakers understand that dough is just dough until it is fire-tested in the oven—and they can “stand the heat” of a growing relationship without feeling the need to “get out of the kitchen.”
6. Dating a baker, you’ll never have to read the labels for hidden and unwelcome ingredients. What you see is what you get.
7. Bakers know that a delicious pastry contains some ingredients that are unappetizing on their own. They know how to judge the importance of individual parts by what they produce together in the end.
8. At the end of a work day, bakers smell like toasted honey, wheat, yeast—aromas of wellness and security.
9. Wellness and security are intensely attractive qualities in a potential mate.
10. Bakers are skilled at turning the commonplace and the mundane—flour, butter, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, water—into works of visual and culinary art. Function is fine, but beauty is also vital to a baker’s success.
11. A baker labors long hours to feed others. Hard work and persistence are essential in the kitchen … and in relationships.
12. Bakers love it when their food receives appreciation and praise—and will reward you with even more delicious treats.
13. An experienced baker knows that sometimes their recipes fall flat—and they aren’t afraid to start over.
14. Bakers are patient, never abandoning a new loaf until it has been in the oven the proper amount of time.
15. Bakers have excellent taste—they know what they like and stick with it.
Why else should one date a baker?