So my family are massive fans of The Great British Bake Off ...
Besides being great TV (or so I am told) I think there is something more going on:
In previous human epochs people had their lives pretty well plotted out for them.
Everyday life was rooted in the traditional ways of doing things.
Ways of community, the rule of church, observances of behaviour, respect, gender roles, trade, education and so on.
And now it is not so plotted out.
(Which feels like liberation or uncertainty - depending on where you are on the grid.)
Not having a plot-line handed down is what it means to live in a Post-Traditional society.
It is like losing the instructions for something complicated.
Because modern life is complicated.
But baking is not complicated when you know what to do ...
My grandmother baked every day.
My grandmother knew what she was doing.
She was making a home.
She was providing for her family.
Just as her mother had done.
And probably hers before that.
(Which feels like confinement or certainty - depending where you are on the grid).
She knew her food because she was preparing it at source.
Which is why I think The Great British Bake off has such deep appeal.
Baking is a traditional craft - not impersonal science or abstract art.
Baking is comforting.
Baking can be magical.
And if you are British, maybe it is about how 'proper' things used to be as well.
(Which makes the heritage of the winner this year all the more interesting).