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What is the umbrella term for baking , cooking, etc.?

Asked by flo (12901points) July 6th, 2019

Whatever source of heat is used, oven and everything else to make something edible/more edible. The reason I ask is some people say there is baking (pie cake etc.) , and there is cooking (like stew, for eg). So, what is the word that covers everything to do with using heat to make things edible?

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canidmajor's avatar

Cooking covers all of it.

janbb's avatar

I would call baking a subset of cooking. Or what @canidmajor just said.

flo's avatar

Generally speaking do people get a mental picture of someone stirring something (stove top activity) only, when they hear “cooking”?

canidmajor's avatar

No. Generally speaking, they get an image of someone preparing food to eat.

flo's avatar

…not that that changes anything, if ’‘cooking’’ is the umbrella term, in fact.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Culinary arts ====> in which culinary means “related to cooking”, are the arts of preparation, cooking, and presentation of food, usually in the form of meals.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Home economics. Domestic skills.

seawulf575's avatar

I’m with @Tropical_Willie on this one. Culinary arts covers it all.

Brian1946's avatar

According to Merriam-Webster, cook means “to prepare food for eating, especially by means of heat”.

By this definition, broiling, barbecuing, grilling, frying, baking, boiling, steaming, etc. are all forms of cooking.

It could be that we’re just more focused on the specific forms of cooking, when we consider our individual food preferences and how they’re prepared.

E.g., if we’re looking for a BBQ restaurant, we look for it by that type, and not just an eatery advertising that it has cooked meat.

I think an even broader umbrella term to dispel any confusion, would be food preparation.

rebbel's avatar


ucme's avatar

Used to be called domestic science when I was at school.

Jaxk's avatar

‘Food preparation’ is the term used by government regulators.

flo's avatar

If someone says “I’m baking”, it’s clear that it’s not making stew, bbq, etc. People think of bread and pie (not roasting chicken etc) I don’t know why? or if I’m correct or not.
If you want to make it clear you’re making stew and similar (on the stove top things), what do you say?

flo's avatar

To edit the above:
...“People think of bread and pie, and the like, (i.e they’re not incuding roasting chicken etc).

kritiper's avatar

“Cookery” is the “art, process, work, or place of cooking.” -from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 1960 ed.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

“Food preparation”

kritiper's avatar

I don’t know how explicit the OP meant to be, but the question asked for a single word.

flo's avatar

@kritiper Thank you. I’m looking for “I am…ing.”

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Feeding? Cooking? Nourishing?

kritiper's avatar

The closest thing I can come up with that’s one word and can end in “ing” is “cuisining.” Not a real word that I can find anywhere, but it fits the bill. Better than “cookerying!”

si3tech's avatar

Food preparation.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@kritiper _ I don’t know how explicit the OP meant to be, but the question asked for a single word_

I focused on the part about “umbrella term.”

flo's avatar

I usually hear food preparation used to refer to washing, peeling chopping…, everything that happens before (or after?) the heat source.

janbb's avatar

Prep work is a term for the before cooking but “food preparation” covers it all – prepping and cooking.

flo's avatar

I don’t think so. You always prepare the x for dish y. Or you make a dish which involves preapring, as well as the following step/s.

flo's avatar

…“Prep” and “preparation” are the same the same way “prof” and “professor” are the same.

janbb's avatar


flo's avatar

…Oops I meant the subsequent steps, not the following steps.

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