- I cook because I enjoy the step-by-step method of following a recipe. Must be the science geek in me. Also, probably why I read cookbooks for fun.
- I cook because I love having a pile of ingredients get broken down, chopped, whisked, sliced, measured, diced, trimmed, brunoise and what not for the mise en place.
- I cook because with every new recipe, every new ingredient and every new technique, I'm improving myself and honing my skills that much more. I'll never be as good as the star chefs you see on Food Network or the line cooks toiling away in good restaurants, but I'm damn well going to try my hardest.
- I cook to bring pleasure to my friends and family. Not much better than hearing the sounds of people trying to tell me how good a dish tastes, but not being able to because their mouths are full. Even better when my uncle keeps the leftover soup from Thanksgiving because he liked it so much, or when my mother comes to me for some of my recipes.
- I cook because my friends probably wouldn't be too happy if I showed up empty-handed at parties.
- I cook to relax (see item #2 above), but Steph will tell you I'm never relaxed in the kitchen - I just get frustrated when I make stupid mistakes that I shouldn't make.
- I cook to eat healthier meals than I would if I ate out every night.
- I cook because of the lessons learned from my mother, my grandmother and my uncle - all highly accomplished cooks in their own right who have greatly influenced how I approach meal preparation and planning. I can't ever thank them enough!
So that's the question: Why do you cook?