Baking refers to the production of flour based food, including things like bread, cakes, pies, and pastries. A bakery, by its barest definition, is an establishment focused on making and selling those commodities, although many bakeries also integrate some of the sit-down aspects of cafes as well, selling things like coffee and tea to consumers that wish to enjoy the premises themselves, as well as their baked goods.
Much of the history of baking is owed to the Roman Empire, where the art of baking became popular enough that quality baked goods became a staple of large events such as weddings and feasts. At this time, bakers would commonly prepare their goods at home and selling them on the streets in a market setting.
Before long, sometime around 300 BC, baking developed as a profession, eventually spreading all across Europe and into parts of Asia as well. Eventually, bakers established a system to deliver their goods straight to the homes of consumers, causing the popularity of baked goods to increase further.
Like any other profession, bakers wanted to find a way to make their products as accessible to the consuming public as possible, which led to the development of the first open-air bakery in Paris. Not long after, bakeries came to be viewed not only as a place to buy delicious baked goods, but as places to gather and socialize as well.
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