Respected food writer Michael Ruhlman recently wrote an interesting blog post about why he cooks and threw down the gauntlet to other bloggers to “spell it out” why we cook.
I cook because:
Because I love it, plain and simple. I love food, eating and almost everything that surrounds it. This extends to my other passion, travel. Because I love to cook and eat, when I travel I always focus on seeing what people in other places eat, how they shop and how their food impacts the culture. Sometimes I even cook when I travel utilizing the best local ingredients.
Because I can. A lot of people are intimidated by cooking and while certain aspects of cooking still intimidate me, throwing together a quick dinner made with fresh ingredients is not one of them. This is also why I blog about cooking; because I want to show people it’s not that hard to eat well by cooking it yourself.
Because I’m thrifty. Cooking allows me to spend substantially less on food and still eat well. It costs a lot to eat out a few times a week. I’d rather use that money to eat out when we travel.
Because I’m naturally inquisitive and want to learn how to do things. This is why I’m always trying new things like learning how to make bacon, how to make cheese, experimenting with vegan cooking, bread baking, or making ravioli from scratch. I love the act of taking something raw and creating something new out of it.
Because I grew up in a family of great cooks where cooking at home was the norm, special occasions were celebrated with feasts at home or at my Grandmother’s house rather than in a restaurant.
Because it’s healthier than eating pre-packaged processed food or fast food. This is common sense, right? But I learned it first hand when we remodeled our kitchen a few years ago and spent an entire summer eating out or eating microwave meals. I felt horrible at the end of just two months of it.
Because I like to feed people. Who doesn’t like to make people happy? There is nothing like the immediate response you get when you give someone something delicious.
Because I’m impatient. It’s often faster and easier for me to make something at home than to go out.
I sometimes don’t cook because:
Because I’m tired and I just don’t feel like it.
Because I want something different and it’s just easier to go out than make it at home (Vietnamese Pho or Bun Cha, a Chinese Dim Sum brunch with friends, etc.)
Because it’s easier. There are some things which I’ve made once or twice to learn how to do it but it’s simply easier for me to buy (croissants).
Because sometimes I simply want to go out and enjoy a meal in a restaurant.