Cooking and Baking: What's the Difference?
You've probably heard some of your friends who are whizzes in the kitchen say something along the lines of "Oh I bake but I can't cook" or "I can cook but I can't bake." Have you ever wondered what the difference was?
To put it simply, baking is fully cooking food in an oven. Just about anything can be baked, including bread, desserts, fish, poultry, meat, and vegetables. However usually when people say they are bakers or that they like to bake they're often talking about desserts or bread. While anything cooked in an oven is technically baked, colloquially speaking, baking generally isn't referring to meats or vegetables. Read more...
Dictionary of Cooking Terms
Many terms are used exclusively in cooking. You need to know what they mean in order to understand even basic recipes. Some of the most common are defined here.
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Follow Every Baking Rule
When it comes to baking, we play by the rules. Baking is a science that requires precision, and often doesn't allow for creative liberties. For flakier pie crusts, moister cakes, and chewier cookies, there are just some rules that can't be broken. Follow these 11 tips to be a way better baker: