Men Baking Bread

Joined Jan 1, 2001
I recently had a lively, interesting and admittedly, somewhat inebriated discussion with a friend of mine about why bread baking appeals to men, both professionally and as a hobby. He has just discovered the craft and is now firmly intrenched in it.
I asked him what it was about bread that appealed to him so much and he commented, " I guess it's because I can't give birth. It's the closest thing to having a baby that a man can experience. You know, how it starts with a mixture of a few things, and then you have to feed it and keep it warm; then knead it and shape it gently."
My husband, of course, was rolling on the floor laughing, but it seemed to make sense to me. I've worked in many a professional bakery and have met quite a few men who have taken on the mysteries of yeast and bread as a full-time challange. Some even wax romantically poetic about the stuff in a very annoying way.
What do you Chef Talkers think? Most especially you Kyle?
Joined Mar 4, 2000
Funny concept, especially when you think about eating the products of your labor.:eek:

I'm curious to hear what the men here have to say about this.
Joined Apr 19, 2001
I personally think they're all reincarnated women from another time!:D

Something about the 'alchemy' that occurs with breadmaking? Although your friend's explanation was rather touching!
Joined Aug 4, 2000

You are quite close to the truth. All fetuses begin as females. Thanks to the y chromosome, certain organs transform and descend to form the male body.

I've always considered myself as a lesbian locked inside of a male body! I wonder how long it'll be 'till I get a ruler slapped across my knuckles for that remark.

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Joined Aug 14, 2000
I'm not sure my answer will be either poetic or romantic. It does have a few different parts.

What appeals to me, on the metaphysical side, is that I can start with flour, water and salt. That it is possible to realign, coax and encourage these most basic ingredients and produce a loaf of bread is quite remarkable to me.

On a more elemental plane, my interest in bread was born out of a love of eating great bread. M.A.G. laughs when we go out to dinner. The first thing I do is have at the bread basket pulling, prodding, smelling, tasting. I just love the stuff.

I suppose it also provides an artistic outlet. Since I can't draw stick figures.
Joined Dec 4, 2001
I consider myself to be a cook rather than a baker. However, bread making is something special. I don't know what it is. Maybe there is some physiological reaction to the smell of yeast that is triggered more in men than in women? I don't know. But creating something as magical as a loaf of bread from such simple ingredients is extreemly satisfying. 'Course, it's only science but understanding that only makes the whole process the more fascinating.

Jock :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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