Never am I more aware of how ramped up and divided America is than when I watch the contrast of civility and kindness exhibited on "The Great British Bake Off", my current favorite means of television escapism and entertainment.
(It can be seen on PBS and Netflix, where it's known as "The Great British Baking Show" - because of an American trademark issue with the Pillsbury Bake-off.)
If you've missed it (and if you have, that's a shame) "The Great British Baking Show" is a popular British television series that features elimination rounds between amateur British bakers demonstrating their culinary talents. The contestants are tasked with creating a variety of challenging custards, tarts, puddings, breads, cookies, pies and every kind of sweet and savory delicious food imaginable, mainly things that involve flour and/or sugar. Every 10 weeks it's a brand new set of bakers.
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