The Cook Part II: Chefs, Bakers, Doctors, and Lawyers
This reminded me of a conversation I had about twelve years ago, when I was still working full-time as a baker. I was teaching at a folk arts festival, at which one is meeting many new people and trying to remember who they are. One day at lunch I sat down next to a jolly old bean. The following is verbatim:
Old Bean: So, You’re a lawyer.
Chocolate Lady: Hm? Ah, no; not I.
CL: I’m a baker.
CL: I don’t know
CL: Assuredly they must.
CL: (After a moment) Tortes!
I just had to tell you about that since never before or since has the right word occurred to me at just the right time.
There is a common Yiddish saying
אײדער דעם דאָקטאָר, בעסער דעם בעקער.
which means it is better to spend money at the baker’s place than at the doctor’s.