Summary of “The Rise of Anxiety Baking”

Young Americans’ long work hours might mean they’re less likely to come home every night in time to roast a chicken instead of ordering takeout, but many of them seem to have turned to weekend baking as a salve for the ambient anxiety of being alive in these times.
There’s a good reason for that: Baking actually can be really relaxing.
“People are afraid to spend money, and they’re feeling like shit. Baking is cheap, it’s easy, and it’s visceral.”
Folu Akinkuotu, a 28-year-old who lives in Boston and works in e-commerce-and someone whose impressive off-hours baking exploits I follow on social media-also started baking more in college as a way to make friends during her freshman year.
Alice Medrich, a baking expert and cookbook author, agrees that baking is a particularly effective activity for those whose professional lives exist mostly in the abstract.
In addition to the satisfaction of creating, the process of baking itself can be calming.
Buzzwords aside, baking does indeed force you to put down your phone, get your hands dirty, and pay close attention to what you’re doing.
If you’re more inclined toward cooking instead of baking, that can have some of the same positive effects, according to Muskin, but there’s something about dessert that’s just a little bit more fun.

The orginal article.