It's known as The Great British Bake Off in the UK and The Great British Baking Show in the U.S., but no matter which side of the Atlantic you live on, it is one of the most comforting shows on TV. When the world feels like it's going crazy on the regular, a show where the biggest tragedy is a pie's "soggy bottom," and where the contestants are polite and supportive of each other, is a balm to the soul (as my friend Manfred would say).
It can also be empowering to watch contestants battle their own fears and nerves to create something beautiful and delicious. I was so moved when Nadiya Hussain won season 6 and declared, "I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I’m never gonna say, ‘I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will.”